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Events 2017-2018

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.

 

August• September OctoberNovemberDecemberJanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMaySummer

August

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 2018. 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. (Please attend a workshop before scheduling meetings for review of your application materials; reviews are handled in real time: in person, on the phone, or Facetime.)

    • August 20, Sunday (2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.) Room 1729 West
    • August 30, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Room 721 East

September

  • September 12, Tuesday (5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.) Panel of Law School Officers on the Dos and Don'ts of the Application Process: Columbia, Fordham, Cardozo, Cornell. Law school admissions officers visit Hunter to meet you, and to 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 network with law school representatives from New York. This panel is especially useful for alumni and Seniors applying for the 2017-18 cycle, or those planning to apply next year (Juniors, that means you!). Room 417 West.
  • September 15, Friday (12:00 noon - 1:15 p.m.) Lunch Visit with Hazel-Ann Mayers, Esq., Simon & Schuster. Ms. Meyers, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Simon and Schuster, will welcome students for a conference room discussion of In-House lawyering, as well as insight into the legal issues around publishing. This special session will be capped at 12 students. Meet 11:40 in the main lobby of 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020. Please RSVP at this link.
  • September 19, 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 2018. 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. (Please attend a workshop before scheduling meetings for review of your application materials; reviews are handled in real time: in person, on the phone, or Facetime.) Room 721 East.
  • September 20, Wednesday (6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) Exclusive for Hunter ~ NYU Law Diversity Panel: NYU, UT-Austin, USC, Berkeley, Northwestern. Speak with admissions officers and hear about diversity initiatives at various law schools. This is an exclusive Hunter invitation. Panel starts promptly at 6:00 p.m. and runs for 90 minutes, including time for questions. RSVP required for NYU law security desk no later than Tuesday, 9/19 at noon. Please RSVP at this link. NYU Law School, Furman Hall, 245 Sullivan Street, Lester Pollack Colloquium Room, 9th Floor. You will need Hunter ID to be admitted. 
  • September 27, Wednesday (1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Monthly Lunch & Learn: Is Law School Right for Me? Courtney Fitzgibbons, Assistant Dean for Academic Planning and Career Development, New York Law School, will discuss the types of skills that make students successful as attorneys, and ways to begin to build them now as undergraduates. Room 302 Roosevelt House.

October

  • October 2, Monday (6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.) First Monday in October. The Office of the Appellate Defender hosts a mock U.S. Supreme Court argument (named in acknowledgment of the traditional first day of the new Supreme Court session), followed by an awards ceremony honoring nationally recognized legal advocates. Capped at 10 - Students will receive follow up confirmation after September 25; office attire. NYU Law, 40 Washington Square South, New York NY 10012. Please request a seat at this Link. Students will receive follow up confirmation thereafter. Please hold the date.
  • October 4, Wednesday (1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Monthly Lunch & Learn: Judicial Clerkships. Francesca Corbacho (Hunter B.A. '09, NYU Law '13) and Benjamin Mejia (Hunter B.A. '10, NYU Law '15), each Judicial Law Clerks for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, will discuss the nature of clerkships, and their respective experiences working with judges and obtaining these desirable positions. Sarah Library (2nd Floor) Roosevelt House.
  • October 7, Saturday (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) LatinoJustice 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.
  • October 11, Wednesday (6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) Visit to White & Case: Career Opportunities at Law Firms. Learn about attorney roles as well as post-college opportunities (paralegal, secretarial, business development, IT and other staff positions) that will help you build professional insight and skills before you head to law school. This session will also help students understand the culture and business-side of the big law environment - important perspectives for those who are planning for careers in large firms. Office attire. Meet at 5:40 p.m. in the main lobby of 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020. Please RSVP at this Link.
  • October 13, Friday (3:00 p.m. - 5:00 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 2018. 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. (Please attend a workshop before scheduling meetings for review of your application materials; reviews are handled in real time: in person, on the phone, or Facetime.) Room 721 East.
  • October 17, Tuesday (6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) How to Network at the LSAC Forum. Lindsay J. Sutton Gladney, Vice Dean for Admissions, University at Buffalo School of Law - SUNY will discuss how to make a good impression on law school representatives at the LSAC forum, and how to effectively elicit the information that will be the most helpful to you. Room 721 East.
  • October 20, Friday (11 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) LSAC Forum GROUP VISIT: Meet at the concierge desk in street level lobby at 10:45 a.m. for two special panels in anticipation of meeting law school representatives at 1:00 p.m. 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 2017-18 cycle, or those planning to apply next year. New York City Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas.

November

  • November 1, Wednesday (1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Monthly Lunch & Learn: Affirmative Litigation. Adam Skaggs, Esq., Chief Counsel, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, will discuss his role in advocating for gun safety through the court system, and his path to in-house attorney in a non-profit setting. Sarah Library (2nd Floor) Roosevelt House.
  • POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING TERM - November 15, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Damaris Hernández Esq. - Lunch with a Lawyer: President's Conference Room Series. Damaris Hernández is a partner in Cravath, Swaine & Moore’s Litigation Department. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation related to securities, ERISA and antitrust, as well as shareholder demands and internal corporate investigations. Ms. Hernández has represented a wide range of clients, including American Express, the Republic of Argentina, Credit Suisse, IBM, Merck, Novartis, Vivendi and YPF. Ms. Hernández also devotes substantial time to pro bono and community work, including her role as lead counsel in a lawsuit in Alabama federal court challenging Jefferson County, Alabama’s compliance with a consent decree after findings of discrimination in the hiring of firefighters and police. In 2017, Ms. Hernández was named to Crain’s New York Business “40 Under 40” list, and was recognized as one of New York Law Journal’s “Rising Stars.” She was honored with the 2017 Flor de Maga award by the Puerto Rican Bar Association and the 2016 Latina Trailblazer Award from LatinoJustice. RSVP at this link is appreciated (but not required) for lunch headcount. President's Conference Room, 1700 East Building.
  • November 16, Thursday (6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) Mock Application Review: What admissions officers think as they review actual applications! Theresa Hallet, Senior Director of Admissions, St. John's University School of Law will share how she approaches applications and systematically evaluates their content. She will discuss matters including how they view grades on the transcript (what about that W?), multiple LSATs, the addendum, and the personal statement. Get inside perspective on the admissions process. Room 721 East.
  • November 18, 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. Fordham University School of Law, 150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023.
  • November 20, Monday (5:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.) Law School Application & Personal Statement WorkshopYou need only attend one session. This workshop targets students applying to law school this cycle for entry into law school for fall 2018. 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. (Please attend a workshop before scheduling meetings for review of your application materials; reviews are handled in real time: in person, on the phone, or Facetime.) Room 721 East.
  • November 29, Wednesday (12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.) Lucy Lang, Esq. - Lunch with a Lawyer: President's Conference Room Series. Lucy Lang is an assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office (DANY), where she investigates and prosecutes homicides and other serious violent crimes. She is also the executive director of the DANY Academy, an in-bureau reading and discussion group focused on current events in law enforcement. Ms. Lang is known for her innovative projects; after the conclusion of a successful investigation and prosecution of 36 drug dealers, Ms. Lang coordinated with city agencies and local leaders in an effort to revitalize a housing development that previously had been overrun by a drug cartel, including repairs to facilities and a community celebration. Her effort has become a model for the office's neighborhood outreach. Ms. Lang was recognized in 2015 as one of New York Law Journal’s "Rising Stars." As a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar, Ms. Lang developed a semester-long liberal arts style seminar for prosecutors and soon-to-be-released inmates, in order to address issues of tension in the criminal justice system.RSVP at this link is appreciated (but not required) for lunch headcount. PLEASE NOTE EARLY 12 NOON START TIME President's Conference Room, 1700 East Building.
  • December
  • December 6, Wednesday (1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Monthly Lunch & Learn: Solo Practice. Melanie Headley, Esq., will discuss setting up her own legal practice and serving clients with needs connected to real estate, mortgages, and landlord/tenant disputes. Room 721 East. 
  • December 9, Saturday (9:00 a.m. - 11 a.m) The Freedom of Conscience: Discussion with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito. An expert panel 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. Please request a seat at this Link.  Capped at 10; students will receive confirmation by November 23.  New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (at 77th Street), New York, NY 10024.
  • December 11, Monday (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 2018. 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. (Please attend a workshop before scheduling meetings for review of your application materials; reviews are handled in real time: in person, on the phone, or Facetime.) Room 721 East.

January Intersession

  • 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. Registration is generally modest and scholarship assistance is provided as needed. Link will be posted when it is available. 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. Applications are now being accepted AT THIS LINK where more details are available on dates and times.

When: The class will meet for 6 evening sessions in January. Final arguments (for which you must be present) will be held thereafter on two different evenings, 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 been accepted into the course by the Pre-Law Office, you will be given a form to take the form to the Political Science Department on 17 West and then register on CUNYFirst.

February

  • 2/10 DEADLINE for LSAT CLASS application! 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. The spring session will run on 4 Sundays early in the term, with additional partial days for April and May. There is routinely a student contribution. 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. Students who successfully complete the spring component have priority for the summmer intentive program that runs from June - September. Seats will be made available for the summer intensive program on a space available basis. Information will be shared on the listserv after the spring session holds its final class meting. Link will be posted when it is available.
  • 2/25 Deadline for Pre-Law Resume Drop: 2018 Internships & Funding

Like the law school model for recruitment, Hunter hosts a "resume drop." By participating in the resume drop, students may be considered for both:
1) PAID internship jobs exclusive to the Pre-Law Office, and
2) MERIT FUNDING for unpaid internships at non-profit or government institutions that students obtain.

Participation in the Resume Drop requires participation in our Pre-Law Professional Development Series (unless excused for class conflict): (i) Resume Bootcamp; (ii) Interview Workshop; (iii) Workplace Success Panel Dates TBD

  • February TBD, Mentoring Reception for Current Applicants to Law School. This session is limited to students who have already taken the LSAT and applied to schools in their range this cycle, with a plan to start in the fall of 2017. We will discuss what to think about as you determine which school is the "best fit" and make the decision about which school to attend. Attendees must be registered with the Pre-Law Program and RSVP is required. Link will be posted when it is available. This is a closed session limited only to those who RSVP. Opportunties for one-on-one mentors are limited; we will match as many students as possible for subsequent individual disucssions. Faculty Lounge, Hunter West Building.

March

  • March 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, who can offer you insight in the next steps in building your career once you graduate from Hunter. Room 721 East.

April

  • April TBD, How to Pay for Law SchoolUnderstand 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. 721 East.
  • Spring Break - PreProBono LSAT Prep Jumpstart Marathon Weekend. FREE 15 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 register to participate. Please do not register unless you will participate in the program in its entirety. The program, again, is FREE.  A refundable deposit IS required. Link will be posted when it is available.

May

  • 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. Faculty Lounge, 8th Floor West
  • May TBD, Pre-Law Society Elections! Room TH 311.
  • Spring Law School Application & Personal Statement Workshops. Make the most of your summer by planning your application process now. This workshop targets students applying to law school during the 2017-2018 cycle for entry into law school in fall 2019. Workshops will be repeated in the summer and fall on various dates and times. If you will be away for the summer, or if getting to campus will be inconvenient, coming to a spring workshop is essential for getting an early start. Please attend a workshop (you only need to attend one) before scheduling an individual appointment for law school application advising. All sessions will be held in 721 East (the conference room of the pre-professional suite) unless otherwise noted:  TBD

 

Summer

  • Summer Law School Application & Personal Statement Workshops. Make the most of your summer by planning your application process now. This workshop targets students applying to law school during the 2018-2019 cycle for entry into law school in fall 2018. Workshops will be repeated in the summer and fall on various dates and times. Attending a summer workshop will also give you an early peek at additional admissions programming for fall. Please attend a workshop (you only need to attend one) before scheduling an individual appointment for law school application advising. All sessions will be held in 721 East (the conference room of the pre-professional suite) unless otherwise noted:  TBD

 

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