Pre-Law events for the academic year are listed below. This page is updated throughout the term as new, upcoming events are added. Be sure to stay tuned to the Pre-Law listserv or the Hunter Gatherer for announcements. Please note that for events with limited capacity, students MUST be registered with the Pre-Law Program in order to participate.
- September 2, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Program and Pre-Law Society monthly lunch with Peter M. Eraca, Esq.: Is Law School Right for Me? Peter M. Eraca, Associate Director of Admissions at Seton Hall Law School, will discuss the nature of legal careers and education, the kinds of skills that make for good lawyering, and the types of questions students should be asking as they make decisions about their future career paths. Room TH 311.
- September 8, Tuesday (5:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.) Law School Application & Personal Statement Workshop. You need only attend one session. This workshop targets students applying to law school this cycle for entry into law school for fall 2016. This workshop was also offered at the end of spring term and during the summer. Students who attended the spring/summer sessions need not attend, but are welcome if they would like a refresher or have questions. Room 1731 West.
- September 11, Friday (8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) Civil Jury Conference at New York University School of Law (exclusive for Hunter students). The civil jury trial is a vanishing feature of the American legal landscape. In 1962, juries resolved 5.5 percent of federal civil cases; since 2005, the rate has been below 1 percent. What are the causes of the civil jury trial’s near extinction? What are the consequences—for the legal system and society more broadly? And for those who advocate preserving and revitalizing the civil jury trial, what steps might be taken? These will be the core areas of inquiry for the new Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law. Meet at 8:45 a.m. NYU School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. Please request a seat at this link - Capped at 12 - Students will receive follow up confirmation; office attire.
- September 16, Wednesday (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Panel of Law School Officers on the Dos and Don'ts of the Application Process: NYU, Fordham, Cardozo, Brooklyn. Law school admissions officers explain what you need to know to write a great application. Hear first-hand what the law schools are looking for, and have the chance to meet and network with law school representatives from the New York City metropolitan area. This panel especially useful for alumni and Seniors applying for the 2015-16 cycle, or those planning to apply next year (Juniors, that means you!). Room 417 West.
- September 16, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.) LSAT Practice Exam with Individualized Score Back Consultations (exclusive for Hunter students!). Take a FREE practice LSAT exam under simulated test conditions at Princeton Review midtown offices. In subsequent weeks, Princeton Review will schedule FREE follow up individualized consultations on exam results to provide students with detailed assessments about their strengths and weaknesses. Princeton Review (midtown office), 110 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10012. Please RSVP at this link.
- September 18, Friday (5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) Law School Application & Personal Statement Workshop. You need only attend one session. This workshop targets students applying to law school this cycle for entry into law school for fall 2016. This workshop was also offered at the end of spring term and during the summer. Students who attended the spring/summer sessions need not attend, but are welcome if they would like a refresher or have questions. Room 1731 West. Note date change for this workshop due to conflict with other Hunter programming on Wed. 9/16.
- September 30, Wednesday (12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Conference Room Session on Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions. Meet attorneys who practice International M&A. Find out what it means to practice M&A, how it relates to the other practice groups of a big firm, and what the attorneys enjoy most about their work. Please request a seat at this link - Capped at 15 - Students will receive follow up confirmation; formal business attire. Meet at 12:15 at reception desk for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 601 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022.
- October 5, Monday (5:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.) First Monday in October. The Office of the Appellate Defender hosts a mock U.S. Supreme Court argument, followed by an awards ceremony honoring nationally recognized legal advocates. This fall, Caitlin Halligan and Gary Naftalis will argue Evenwel v. Abbott, a case that examines the one person, one vote principle. Preceded by cocktail-party strolling dinner. Please request a seat at this link - Capped at 10 - Students will receive follow up confirmation; office attire. NYU Law, 40 Washington Square South, New York NY 10012.
- October 13, Tuesday (4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m) Mediation Settlement Day: Kickoff Event of the New York Unified Court System. Learn about mediation training and services. The program is also sponsored by FINRA Dispute Resolution and the NYC Bar Association, among others. For 2015, the Honorary Chairperson has yet to be announced; an annual award is presented to an individual who has made meaningful contributions to the field of mediation. New York Law School, 185 Broadway. RSVP at this Link.
- October 13, Tuesday (5:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.) Law School Application & Personal Statement Workshop. You need only attend one session. This workshop targets students applying to law school this cycle for entry into law school for fall 2016. This workshop was also offered at the end of spring term and during the summer. Students who attended the spring/summer sessions need not attend, but are welcome if they would like a refresher or have questions. This is the third and FINAL session to be offered this fall. Room 1731 West.
- October 14, Wednesday, (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Myron Trepper, Esq. - Lunch with a Lawyer: President's Conference Room Series. Myron Trepper, the former Chair of the Business Reorganization Practice and former Co-Chairman of Willkie Farr & Gallagher, has over 40 years of leadership and experience in the restructuring field. During his forty years of practice as an attorney, Mr. Trepper specialized in all areas of debtor and creditor representation and in the transactional aspects of business reorganizations. He served as counsel to large companies including Journal Register Company, Adelphia Communications Corp., Maxxim Medical Inc., Sunterra Corporation, Big V Supermarkets, Petrie Retail, Inc., and Orion Pictures, among others.Mr. Trepper is ranked “Senior Statesman” among leading individuals practicing Bankruptcy and Restructuring Law by Chambers USA (2010) and Chambers Global (2009). He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of New York. He has been a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy-related matters, and authored numerous articles. RSVP kindly requested at THIS LINK for lunch headcount. Room 1700 East.
- October 14, Wednesday (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) How to Make the Most of the LSAC Recruitment Forum. Discussion with Dean Lillie V. Wiley-Upshaw, Vice Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid, SUNY Buffalo Law School, about effective networking at the LSAC Forum coming up on October 17th at the NYC Hilton. Also a good opportunity to learn about Buffalo Law. Room 819 East.
- October 16, Friday (10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.) LSAC Forum GROUP VISIT: Meet at the concierge desk in street level lobby at 9:40 a.m. for two special panels in anticipation of meeting law school representatives at noon. (Event runs two full days, Oct 17 and 18, but note that it is advantageous to attend early Friday, when there is less foot traffic.) The event is free but registration is required. Downloading this form will be helpful: Questions to Ask at a Law School Fair. This forum is especially useful for alumni and Seniors applying for the 2015-16 cycle, or those planning to apply next year (Juniors, that means you!). New York City Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas.
- October 20, Tuesday (5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.) Mock Application Review: What an admissions officer thinks as she reviews actual applications! Theresa Hallet, Director of Admissions, St. John's University School of Law, will share the ways she approaches applications and systematically evaluates their content. She will discuss matters including how she views grades on the transcript (what about that W?), multiple LSATs, the addendum, and the personal statement. Get inside perspective on the admissions process. Room 1731 West.
- October 24, Saturday, (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) LatinoJustice PRLDEF Law Day. This diversity-oriented event includes a recruitment fair and informative panels. Lunch will be served. The event is free but registration is required at the link. Note: LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s Law Day is designed to assist and encourage Latino and other students of color in the pursuit of careers in law. Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038.
- October 26, Monday, (6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) Diversity Panel: NYU, UT-Austin, USC, Berkeley, Northwestern. Speak with admissions officers and hear about diviersity initiatives at various law schools. Held at NYU Law; this is an exclusive Hunter event. Room TBD. R.S.V.P. Required.
- November 4, Wednesday, (1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.) Finding Your Professional Voice from the Inside Out. Are you seriously considering law school, business school, or a public policy degree but are unsure of how to explore your interests outside of the Hunter campus? Are you wondering how to find out (in a meaningful way) how they relate to different areas of work? This session will discuss tools for career exploration and will enhance your admissions prospects down the road. The program will also include a discussion about networking and a brief presentation on LinkedIn from a representative from Bloomberg. Co-hosted with the Pre-Business program, this event is timed in anticipation of the Hunter Career Fair scheduled for later in the month. Room 805 East. RSVP HERE
- November 11, Wednesday, (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Marshall Sonenshine, Esq. - Lunch with a Lawyer: President's Conference Room Series. Marshall Sonenshine is Chairman and Managing Partner of the New York investment banking firm Sonenshine Partners. After finishing at Harvard Law School - where he served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review - Mr. Sonenshine began his banking career at Salomon Brothers and later became Partner to Paul Volcker and Jim Wolfensohn in M&A and Restructuring bank Wolfensohn & Company. Mr. Sonenshine served on the leadership team that merged Wolfensohn first into Bankers Trust, where he headed Media M & A and Aerospace/Transportation M & A, and later into Deutsche Bank, where he was asked to serve as Co-Head of M&A. Mr. Sonenshine has counseled numerous major corporations worldwide - including Alcoa, American Express, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Carlyle, Comcast, Conrail, Daimler Benz, Dun & Bradstreet, GE, ING Group, Invesco, LensCrafters, New York Times, RH Macy, Ricoh, Sears, Societe Generale, Viacom, and Walt Disney - and advised on numerous leading transactions. Mr. Sonenshine is also Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia University and a frequent Global Finance Commentator on CNBC and Bloomberg Television and author of numerous publications on financial, legal and public affairs including in The New York Times, Financial Times, CNN, and others. RSVP kindly requested for headcount and link will be posted. Room 1700 East. RSVP HERE
- November 14, Saturday (9:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.) Inside the U.S. Legal System with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito. An expert panel explores the challenges within the U.S. criminal justice system and sheds light on the intricacies of the adversary legal process. This event also features Philip C. Bobbitt, Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia University and Director of the Center on National Security at Columbia Law School, and Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University. Continental breakfast served at 9 a.m.; program begins at 9:30 a.m. Very limited seating; request seat here - Students will receive follow up confirmation; office attire. New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West.
November 14, (2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.) Diversity Admissions Fair - Robert H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development. All college students who are interested in attending a law school committed to diversity are invited. There is no fee to attend but registration is required. Why should you attend? Learn more about individual law schools and their commitment to diversity from faculty, students and administrators. Last year over 40 schools participated. Open to the public, Registration Required, Register Here. St. John's School of Law, 8000 Utopia Pkwy, Jamaica, NY 11439. For more information, visit their website.
- November 21, Saturday (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) CLEO Super Saturday Pre-Law Seminars, for Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and beyond at Fordham Law School. The event is free but registration is required. Once you select your academic level, see tab on right side for registration. Note: CLEO attempts to reach students from minority groups underrepresented in the legal profession. If you are not a minority student, you may participate if you are low-income, economically, or otherwise disadvantaged. See registration form at the link for details.
- December 9, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Program and Pre-Law Society monthly lunch with Daniel Paterson, Office of Public Affairs for the New York State Unified Court System. Mr. Paterson will discuss the internship opportunities available through the Student Ambassador Program. The discussion will run for approximately 1 hour beginning at 1:15 p.m. Room Th 311
- January TBD NYC Bar LSAT/Law School Prep Series. This event provides a one-stop shop for learining about LSAT options, selecting schools, financing your education, and networking with law schools. Participation is free for Hunter students, but registration is required. More details and the registration form are at this LINK. NYC Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY.
- January, Winter Intersession: Moot Court Class Moot Court is a challenging one credit Intersession course that simulates the appellate court setting. Students become knowledgeable about existing legal controversies, prepare legal arguments, and present a case before a mock judicial panel. By learning to read cases and make oral arguments, students gain insight into court-based decision making, as well as the role of lawyers and judges within the process.
When: The class will meet for 6 sessions: January 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 at 6:15-8:45 p.m. Final arguments (for which you must be present) will be held Monday 1/25 and Tuesday 1/26, also in the evening at the NYC law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
Who: Registration for the course is by permission only from the Pre-Law Advising Office. Participation is capped at 12 students, and is competitive. Your chosen major is not important. What is important is that you are eager to study the art of argument.
How: To apply for consideration, CLICK THROUGH AT THIS LINK!
Note: This class is by PERMISSION ONLY and entry is competitive. Once you have received the permission form from the Pre-Law Advisor, you must take the form to Ashley Sampson in the Political Science Department. Permission forms will be distributed once Winter registration opens. We will be accepting applications until Friday, November 20.
- February TBD: Fried Frank Diversity LSAT Initiative. Our extended, subsidized on-campus LSAT class kicks off at the beginning of the spring term; admission based on demonstrated law school interest and merit. Be sure to apply through the link on the Pre-Law webpage by 1/31! The spring session will run on 4 Sundays early in the term (Usually February) There will be two additional partial days for April and May. The student contribution is $50. Even if you will not be participating as a Fried Frank/Hunter Scholar, please do reach out to Pre-Law Advising for assistance in planning your LSAT study plan, including the Pre Pro Bono Jumpstart weekend in April.
- February TBD: Resume Bootcamp. Gain insight into polishing your already strong resume, with an eye towards applying for summer internships. Hear what the top office managers are looking for in paralegals, assistants, and interns. This session is REQUIRED for all those students who will be participating in the Hunter resume drop, to be considered for PAID summer internships and FUNDING for summer public interest positions.
- February TBD: How to Pay for Law School. Come for a detailed discussion about the nitty-gritty of funding your law school education. This session is an important planning tool for students at various levels in their undergraduate careers; you are encouraged to attend even if you are not applying to law school at this time.
March 1, Tuesday 5 p.m.: DEADLINE for RESUME DROP!! Apply for Paid Summer Internships and Funding for Law-Related Public Interest Internships. Note that students who participate in the resume drop are REQUIRED to attend the February Resume Bootcamp and the March Interview Workshop. Linke will be posted at the top of the homepage of the Pre-Law website.
March TBD: Interview Preparation. Receive savvy advice about making the best first impression, creating professional presence and anticipating the hard questions for a smooth interview process. This session is REQUIRED for all those students who will be participating in the Hunter resume drop, to be considered for PAID summer internships and FUNDING for summer public interest positions.
April TBD, Success in Law School: Current Law Students Discuss Winning Strategies for Law School and Beyond. Whether you are starting law school in the fall, or planning to apply in the next cycle or two, it is helpful to have a sense of what is ahead. Come discuss the law school experience with current students and recent grads, who can offer you insight in the next steps in building your career once you graduate from Hunter.
April TBD, Learning to Think for the LSAT: A Seminar for Freshmen & Sophomores. Are you planning long term for law and know that the LSAT is in your future? Join Carolyn Nelson, of Nelson Test Prep, for an introduction to thinking for the LSAT. Ms. Nelson will provide tips and strategies for freshmen and sophomores to build LSAT skills day-to-day, throughout one's college career, giving you an advantage when you turn to "buckling down" for intensive study.
April TBD, (Saturday & Sunday) PreProBono LSAT Prep Jumpstart Weekend. FREE 16 Hour Intensive Weekend LSAT Prep, including networking with public interest attorneys. This event is great for students who plan to self-study, or who want to get exposure to the test before tackling a class this summer. Participation is free and on the Hunter campus, but you must apply to participate. Please do not register unless you will participate in the program in its entirety. The program, again, is FREE but you must REGISTER AT THIS LINK.
April TBD LSAT Teach In: CLASH OF THE TITANS! Various commercial LSAT Prep providers will offer a sampling of their class-room styles and provide students with information about the best ways to tackle the challenging law school entry exam.
- May TBD Pre-Law Society Student Club Elections Room TH 311.
- May TBD, Law Day Party. Hunter's Law Day Party is an opportunity for Hunter Pre-Law students and recent alumni to mingle with successful attorneys in a fun, casual “cocktail party” environment (soft drinks & finger food), making for easy discussion, and enabling students to gain insight into legal practice. We will also be celebrating the law school acceptances of graduating seniors and alumni — congratulations to our newly minted 1L’s! Dinnertime snacks will be served. Room 417 West.
- May TBD, Law School Application & Personal Statement Workshop: Making the Most of Your Summer. You need only attend one session. This session targets students applying to law school during the 2015-2016 cycle, for entry into law school for fall 2016. Workshops will be repeated in the summer and fall on various dates and times. For those who will be away for the summer, or for whom getting to campus will be inconvenient, however, coming to an early workshop is essential for getting an early start. All meetings will be held in Room 1731 West.
Summertime Workshops on the Law School Application & Personal Statement. You need only attend one session. This two hour, soup-to-nuts session targets students applying to law school during the 2016-2017 cycle, for entry into law school for fall 2016. Workshops will be repeated in the fall on various dates and times. Summer is a good time to get moving on applications - be sure to pace yourself so that your applications are submitted between Halloween and Thanksgiving! Once students have attended the group application workshop, they meet with the Pre-Law Office for one-on-one consultation on the applications. Workshop meetings will be held in Room 1731 West; dates DBA.