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. - 2:00 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.
- 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 (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 at THIS LINK for lunch headcount. Room 1700 East.
- 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 4, 5, 8 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. Registration is $5 through January 1st and $10 after January 1st. Scholarship assistance will be provided as needed. Register Here. NYC Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036.
- 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. To apply for consideration, CLICK THROUGH AT THIS LINK! We will be accepting applications until December 15.
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.
Once you have received permission from the Pre-Law Office, you must take the form to Ashley Sampson in the Political Science Department and then register on CUNYFirst.
- APPLY NOW - Fried Frank Diversity LSAT Initiative - DEADLINE 2/10! 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. The spring session will run on 4 Sundays early in the term, with 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 anticipated for April. APPLY HERE
- February 1, Monday (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Resume Bootcamp with Heather Butts, Esq., L.E.A.R.N. for Life Consulting. Gain insight into polishing your already strong resume, with an eye towards applying for summer internships. 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. Room B126 West - Chanin Center Screening Room.
- February 10, Wednesday (1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Society Monthly Meeting/Lunch & Learn with Jodi Franzese, Esq., Inspector General at NYC Department of Investigation. Following business of the club at 1:00, group discussion with recent Hunter alumni Jodi Franzese about her career path as a prosecutor, and now Inspector General. Ms. Franzese will also be sharing information about upcoming opportunities with the agency. Lunch will be provided. Room TH 311.
- February 17, Wednesday (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Interview Preparation Workshop with Sherry-Ann Smith-Gomez, Director of Career Services, Cardozo School of Law and Hunter alumna, Class of '95. Ms. Smith-Gomez will offer students 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. Room 1731 West.
- February 19, Friday (8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) Columbia Law Arbitration Day - The System Reexamined: Challenging Assumptions in International Arbitration. Columbia Law Arbitration Day brings together scholars, practitioners, and students from all over the world for an annual discussion on the challenges that drive the international arbitration community. The four panels each require us to reevaluate preconceptions of international arbitration: the trends and prospects of class arbitrations, the role of auxiliaries and associated conflicts of interest, challenges to the system's legitimacy, and the enforcement of arbitral awards in situations of public international law violations (includes mock case discussion 3:40 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.). REQUEST SEAT HERE·- Capped at 5 - Students will receive follow up confirmation; office attire. Meet at 8:45 a.m. Columbia Law School, Jerome L. Greene Hall, Lobby Level, Room 106, 435 West 116th Street (at Amsterdam Avenue), New York, NY 10027.
- February 24, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Dave Hattem, Esq. - Lunch with a Lawyer: President's Conference Room Series. Dave S. Hattem is the Senior Executive Director and General Counsel for AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company. Mr. Hattem leads the Company's Law Department, including the compliance and corporate secretary's offices. Prior to his election as General Counsel in 2010, Mr. Hattem served as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, taking on this role in 2004. Mr. Hattem joined the Law Department in 1994 after serving in senior management positions in the Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. He began as an Assistant United States Attorney in 1985, and went on to become Acting Chief and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. RSVP kindly requested at THIS LINK for lunch headcount. Room 1700 East.
- February 27, Saturday (9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.) Inside the Surveillance State. The exposure of the NSA's enhanced surveillance programs was a shocking revelation to a nation that values privacy, security, and individual liberty. An panel of constitutional experts contemplate the morality and legality of government surveillance and weigh the costs of this practice - for both present and future generations - in the name of national security. Discussants will include: Linda Greenhouse, Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, as well as a former Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times; Robert Post, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School; and Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law. Continental breakfast served at 9 a.m.; program begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit http://www.nyhistory.org/programs/inside-surveillance-state. Seating is limited to 10; REQUEST SEAT HERE - Students will receive follow up confirmation. New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West.
- March 2, Wednesday (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Workplace Success Panel with Law Firm Administrators. Join Jenniffer Brown, from Weiner, Millo, Morgan & Bonanno, and Shahily Negron-Falcon, from Kantor Davidoff as they describe what law firm administrators are looking for in paralegals, assistants, and interns. Learn the signals of "professionalism," and how to navigate the office environment. 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. Room 819 East.
- March 8, Tuesday 5:00 p.m.: DEADLINE for RESUME DROP!! Paid Summer Internships OR Funding for Law-Related Public Interest Internships. Through the resume drop, the Pre-Law Program has placed students with the following organizations for recent paid opportunities: AXA Equitable; Brookdale Center on Aging; Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz; Labaton Sucharow; Morrison & Foerster; New York City Law Department; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; and Seeger Weiss. Students have also received funding for unpaid public interest and government internships they have obtained with guidance from the Pre-Law Office. Note: Students who participate in the resume drop are REQUIRED - unless excused in advance for a class conflict - to attend the following evening events from 5:30-7:00 p.m.: Resume Bootcamp (2/1), Interview Workshop (2/17), and Panel on Workplace Success (3/2). APPLY HERE FOR CONSIDERATION.
- March 9, Wednesday (1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Society Monthly Meeting/Lunch & Learn with Margaret Garnett, Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Following business of the club at 1:00, group discussion with Margaret Garnett, AUSA. Ms. Garnett will discuss her experiences in the U.S. Attorney's Office, as well as her work as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerard E. Lynch, and an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Lunch will be provided. Room TH 311.
- March 16, Wednesday, (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Hon. Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick - Lunch with a Lawyer: President's Conference Room Series. Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick is the former Senior Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals. She spent 19 years on New York State’s highest court, and 34 years on the bench. Judge Ciparick was appointed on December 1, 1993 by Governor Mario M. Cuomo. She was re-appointed by Governor Eliot Spitzer in November 2007. During her tenure on the court, she wrote the majority opinion for the court in 322 cases, 62 dissents and seven concurring opinions. Judge Ciparick has written some of the court's most significant decisions, breaking new ground on issues such as school funding, the separation of church and state, and the death penalty. Judge Ciparick started her career as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society in New York City where she worked from 1967 to 1969 when she became an Assistant Counsel for the Judicial Conference of the State of New York. She then served as Chief Law Assistant of the Criminal Court of the City of New York and Counsel in the Office of the New York City Administrative Judge. In 1978, she was appointed Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York, and in 1982 was elected to the New York State Supreme Court. RSVP kindly requested at THIS LINK for lunch headcount. Room 1700 East.
- March 30, Wednesday (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) 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, who can offer you insight in the next steps in building your career once you graduate from Hunter. Room 819 East.
- April 6, Wednesday (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) How to Pay for Law School. Jade Kolb, Director of Financial Aid at New York Law School, will explain the nitty-gritty of financing 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. Room 819 East.
- April 13, Wednesday, (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Lunch with a Lawyer: President's Conference Room Series ~ Careers in Finance & Tech with a Law Degree with Eileen Fusco & Vivian Maese. For our final Conference Room session of the year, we have a special panel format featuring two attorneys discussing their extensive careers in the financial services and technology arenas.
Eileen Fusco is a financial services professional, with a background in tax law and business. She has over twenty five years of combined experience as an executive in private industry and as a Professional Services Advisor/Financial Sector Specialist. Ms. Fusco was a Partner of Financial Services of Deloitte & Touche from 2001 to 2007, when she was the Lead Client Service Partner to several of its largest global financial services institutional clients. From 1997 to 2000, she served as Regional Tax Counsel for UBS AG. She also formerly served as CFO of Twenty-First Securities Corporation, and as Managing Director of Global Tax for Kidder Peabody & Co., Inc. Ms. Fusco received a B.A. from Douglass College, a J.D. and an M.B.A. in Accounting from Rutgers University, and an LLM in Taxation from New York University.
Vivian Maese is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins, where her practice focuses primarily on complex technology transactions in the financial services industry, as well as regulatory compliance issues and intellectual property. Prior to Latham, Ms. Maese was the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at BIDS Trading, a financial services industry consortium. Before that, she was responsible for all legal issues related to US Cash Trading and Market Data at the New York Stock Exchange. Ms. Maese has accumulated vast and varied experience as a result of more than 20 years of experience as an in-house Managing Director and divisional General Counsel at Salomon Brothers and Citigroup. She holds a B.A. from Hunter College, and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. RSVP kindly requested at THIS LINK for lunch headcount. Room 1700 East.
- April 23/24, Saturday (10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), Sunday (11 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.) 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. Room 1729 West.