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Events 2020-2021

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.

 

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All Fall events will be remote on Zoom unless otherwise noted. Please RSVP by 5 p.m. the day before the event to receive Zoom information.

August

  • August Law School Application & Personal Statement Workshops. Get a jump on fall planning by starting your application process now. This workshop targets students applying to law school during the 2020-2021 cycle for entry into law school in fall 2021. Please attend a workshop (you only need to attend one) before scheduling individual appointments one-on-one for law school application advising through the self-scheduling link. Workshops will be repeated during the summer and later in the fall on various dates and times. All sessions will be held on Zoom. Please RSVP by 5 p.m. the day before the session to receive Zoom information.

August 14, Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.) Part I Nuts and Bolts (1:00-1:45) & Part II Personal Statement (1:45-2:30) RSVP at this link

August 24, Monday (5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.) Part I Nuts and Bolts (5:45-6:30) & Part II Personal Statement (6:30-7:15) RSVP at this link

  • EXCEL Series: Demystifying the Corporation This six-week interactive seminar provides an introduction to the modern corporation through the lens of contemporary ethical and social issues. Each week’s discussion will focus on real life examples, such as the #MeToo Movement and the tension between profits versus social responsibility. Discussions will provide insight into how key players and stakeholders shape the corporate decision-making process.

    When: The group will meet virtually one (1) time per week for 6 afternoon sessions on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. beginning August 26.

    Who: Participation in the program is by permission only from the Pre-Law Advising Office. Participation is capped at 12 students, and is competitive. No prerequisites are required. This is a non-credit program. The program will be led by Dave Hattem, Esq. a Hunter alumnus, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Equitable Holdings.

    Details will be shared on the Pre-Law Listerv. For questions please reach out to the Pre-Law Office. This series is now full.

September

  • September 2, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Monthly Lunch & Learn: The Path to Law School - Particularly useful for feshmen and other new pre-law students. Ella Mae Estrada, Esq., Associate Dean of Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, and Diversity Initiatives, New York Law School, will discuss the curriculum choices, skill set, and resume-building activities that will make students successful law school candidates, and suggest ways to begin to make your own path. Please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Sept. 1 at THIS LINK to receive Zoom information the evening before.
  • September 9, Wednesday (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 2020-21 cycle, or those planning to apply next year (Juniors, that means you!). Please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Sept. 8 at THIS LINK to receive Zoom information the evening before.
  • September 16, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Lawyer Connection: Labor Law in Higher Education. William A. Herbert, Esq., Executive Director of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions. Bill Herbert is a former deputy chair of the New York State Public Employment Relations Board, and a former senior counsel at CSEA Local 1000, AFSCME, AFL-CIO. Please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Sept. 15 at THIS LINK to receive ZOOM information the evening before.
  • September 22, Tuesday (5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.) How to Network at the Virtual LSAC Forum. Lindsay Gladney, Vice Dean for Admissions, SUNY Buffalo School of Law 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. Please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Sept. 21 at THIS LINK to receive Zoom information the evening before.
  • September 23, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.) Human Rights Lawyering: Virtual Visit with the Sorenson Center for International Peace & Justice. Current Sorenson Fellows at CUNY Law and former fellows who are now practicing attorneys will speak about their work that makes an impact locally, and around the world. Panel will be followed by break-out sessions. Please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Sept. 22 at THIS LINK to receive Zoom information the evening before.
  • September 25, Friday (12:00 p.m. - 1:30 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 2021. 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 appointments.) Please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Sept. 24 at THIS LINK to receive Zoom information the evening before.
  • September 26, Saturday: LSAC FORUM. Register by September 23. The networking will be most useful to those who are currently applying to law school, or are applying soon. The forum can also be useful for upper classmen, particularly the workshops. Meet with law school reps from 3-7 p.m. Attend live workshops from 2-7:30 p.m.
  • September 30, Wednesday (3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.) Exclusive Hunter Webinar: Conversation on Corporate Governance. Dave Hattem, Esq., a Hunter alumnus and Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary of Equitable Holdings, will lead a conversation with company CEO Mark Pearson and Director Bert Scott, examining the modern corporation through the lens of contemporary ethical and social issues. This will be an informative conversation for anyone interested in understanding the workings of corporate governance. Please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Sept. 28 (Monday) with your Hunter email ONLY at THIS LINK to receive Zoom information from Mr. Hattem's office.

October

  • October 5, Monday (Preliminary discussion 6:30; Broadcast 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.) First Monday in October (Virtual) Award Ceremony & Legal Arguments. The Office of the Appellate Defender (OAD) hosts a virtual mock U.S. Supreme Court argument (named in acknowledgment of the traditional first day of the new Supreme Court session), followed by a ceremony honoring nationally recognized legal advocates. Each year this event highlights luminaries in the NYC legal community. This event is usually held at NYU Law; this year it will be broadcast on line.

This is a premier New York City event; we will have a brief discussion beforehand, so that students have background on the case Baxter v. Bracey, a Fourth Amendment case relating to qualified immunity.

Register for either the preliminary discussion on Zoom at Hunter, the OAD broadcast, or both. Register at THIS LINK for the preliminary discussion at 6:30 on Zoom (must have a Zoom account). Register with OAD on their website; registration does nor require a fee. Be sure to scroll down past the sponsorship options.

Honorees this year making oral arguments include:

    • Roberta A. Kaplan, Esq., who argued United States v. Windsor, a landmark Supreme Court decision that invalidated a section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and required the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages
    • Sharon L. Nelles, Esq., Managing Partner of Sullivan & Cromwell's Litigation Group, who represents companies and financial institutions, such as Moody’s and JPMorgan Chase in managing the fallout of the subprime mortgage crisis
  • October 7, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Virtual visit to law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer: Corporate Law and Sustainability. Timothy Wilkins, Esq., Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) partner, and the firms’ first global partner for client sustainability, will host a discussion on international M&A and the nature of corporate matters handled at large law firms ("big law"). The discussion will also focus on how attorneys’ concern for larger social issues are incorporated into their work. This session will be an informative discussion for students who aspire to a career in big law. Please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Oct. 5 (Monday) with your Hunter email ONLY at THIS LINK to receive Zoom information from Mr. Wilkin's office.
  • October 13, Tuesday: LSAC FORUM. Register by October 10. The networking will be most useful to those who are currently applying to law school, or are applying soon. The forum can also be useful for upper classmen, particularly the workshops. Meet with law school reps from 3-7 p.m. Attend live workshops from 2-7:30 p.m. The forum runs monthly this fall.
  • October 13, Tuesday (5:00 p.m. - 6:30 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 2021. 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 appointments.) Please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Oct. 12 at THIS LINK to receive Zoom information the evening before.
  • October 21, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.) LSAT Workshop with Testmasters. This is an introduction to the format of the Law School Admissions Test (traditional LSAT and LSAT-Flex) with an in-depth look at methodology for the most common questions, using examples from actual exams. The session will also include a discussion of the new on-line digital version of the test. This session is good way for students to begin to familiarize themselves with this challenging entry test, and anticipate their study plans. Please RSVP at THIS LINK by 5 p.m. on Oct 20 to receive Zoom information the night before.
  • October 28, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Lunch with a Lawyer - President's Guest: Sheila Birnbuam, Esq.  Ms. Birnabuam is co-chair of Dechert’s product liability and mass torts practice and focuses on complex product liability, mass torts and insurance litigation. She is one of the country’s preeminent product liability defense lawyers, having served as national counsel or lead defense counsel for numerous Fortune 500 companies in some of the largest and most complex tort cases in the United States. She has also argued many influential appeals in appellate courts across the United States, including the U.S. Supreme Court. ZOOM link with be shared after 9 p.m. the day before the event with those who RSVP. PRESIDENT'S GUEST SERIES IS REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS FOR GOOD STANDING. Please RSVP at THIS LINK by 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 to receive Zoom information the night before.

November

  • November 4, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Pre-Law Monthly Lunch & Learn: ACLU. Learn about the work of the American Civil Liberties Union, one of the nation's foremost defenders of civil liberties and civil rights, and the undergraduate internship opportunities at the New York affiliate office this summer and semesters ahead. RSVP link will be posted soon.
  • November 4, Wednesday: LSAC FORUM. Register by November 1. The networking will be most useful to those who are currently applying to law school, or are applying soon. The forum can also be useful for upper classmen, particularly the workshops. Meet with law school reps from 3-7 p.m. Attend live workshops from 2-7:30 p.m. The forum runs monthly this fall.
  • November 11, Wednesday (5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) Lawyer Connection: Day in the Life of a Judge. Hon. Judge Pickholz, Supreme Court, Criminal Term, New York County, will host a discussion with her court staff highlighting the role of judges and their day-to-day routines in the courtroom. Are you interested to know how she became a judge? Do you wonder what she thinks about the parameters of criminal court processes? Bring your questions! RSVP link will be posted soon.
  • November 13, Friday & November 14, Saturday, 16th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference. The vision of the National Black Pre-Law Conference is to provide a powerful forum to help increase the numbers of excellent, strategic and competitive African American law school applicants, students and graduates nationwide. This conference will be held virtually.
  • November 16, Monday (5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.) Mock Application Review: What admissions officers think as they review actual applications! Admissions officers from Brooklyn Law School and St. John's School of Law will share how they approach applications and systematically evaluate their content. They will discuss matters including how they view grades on the transcript (what about that W?), multiple LSATs, the addendum, and the personal statement. They will also discuss the nature of waitlists. Get an inside view of the admissions process. This session is REQUIRED for student eligibility for this year's law school application grant. RSVP will be posted soon.
  • 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. 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 economically or otherwise disadvantaged. This program will be held virtually.
  • November 23, Monday (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 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 2021. 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 an appointment.) RSVP link will be posted soon.

December

  • December TBD Lawyer Connection
  • December TBD 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 2021. 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 an appointment.
  • December 12, Saturday: LSAC FORUM. Register by December 9. The networking will be most useful to those who are currently applying to law school, or are applying soon. The forum can also be useful for upper classmen, particularly the workshops. Meet with law school reps from 3-7 p.m. Attend live workshops from 2-7:30 p.m.

January Intersession

  • January TBD NYC Bar Assn. LSAT/Law School Prep Conference. This annual event provides a one-stop shop for learining about LSAT options, selecting schools, financing your education, and networking with law schools. The event is free but registration is required.
  • 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 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, the Political Science Department will give you permission to register. Recruitment for this course will open before Thanksgiving. 

  • January 30, DEADLINE for LSAT Class application - Part I. Hunter 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. Part I, Intro Spring Session, runs on 5 Sundays early in the term. There is a $75 student contribution; this is a subsidized program.

Students who successfully complete Part I will have priority for the Part II summer intensive that runs from June - September, for which there is also a student contribution, still to be determined. It is not possible to apply for the summer intensive program separately at this time. Seats will be made available on a space available basis. Information will be shared on the listserv in May.

February

  • February TBD Mock Law School Class.
  • February TBD Lawyer Connection 
  • February TBD Resume Bootcamp. Gain insight into basic resume crafting, as well as polishing your already strong resume, with an eye towards applying for summer internships. Presentation and discussion by Heather M. Butts, JD, MPH, MA. Ms. Butts is the founder of L.E.A.R.N. for Life Consulting, L.L.C, and an adjunct professor at John’s University School of Law. REQUIRED FOR PRE-LAW RESUME DROP.
  • February TBD Interview Preparation Workshop. This session will offer students savvy advice about making the best first impression, creating professional presence and anticipating the hard questions for a smooth interview process. REQUIRED FOR PRE-LAW RESUME DROP
  • February 28, Friday, DEADLINE for Pre-Law Resume Drop: 2019 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

March

  • March TBD Lawyer Connection
  • March TBD Working in a Law Firm Before Law School. Why is working before law school worthwhile? Three Hunter alumni who are currently working/have worked as paralegals and administrators share why they have valued this experience before law school, and share tips on how you can apply now (at the end of this cycle) or later this fall (at the beginning of the next one).
  • March TBD Reception with Attorneys for Current Applicants to Law School This is a special networking session with fellow applicants, and with attorneys who are alumni and friends of Hunter. The event is limited to those who have submitted applications to start law school in the fall of 2021. We will discuss how to decide among acceptances - including the "best fit" and finances - and attorneys will share thoughts about long term career arc. Attorneys who attend agree to make themselves available for quick follow up connections on a limited basis, if students desire it.
  • March TBD Panel on Trained Volunteer Advocacy Roles - REQUIRED for Freshmen & Transfers for Good Standing in the Program. Hear about how you can have an impact on the community – while building your skills and your resume. Guests will discuss the roles of volunteers in their organization, and the many issues that you can learn about by being involved.

April

  • April TBD: Lawyer Connection
  • April TBD Dreamleapers Professional Coaching Seminar-REQUIRED for Freshmen & Transfers for Good Standing in the Program, all levels of students welcome. Harriette Cole will help you polish your presence and help you learn how to make a positive first impression so that you can network effectively through events at Hunter and beyond. The discussion will focus on what goes into a good elevator pitch and how to draw people in through body language.
  • Spring Break 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 2020-2021 cycle for entry into law school in fall 2021. 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. Workshops will be repeated each month in the summer and in the fall on various dates and times.
  • 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 on both days.
  • April TBD How to Pay for Law School. Understand 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.
  • April TBD, Pre-Law Society Elections


May

  • May TBD: Lawyer Connection
  • May TBD Juniors (rising fall 2020 Seniors): What you should be thinking about now. This is your last summer before graduation. How best to make use of that time? Will you be applying to law school this fall, or working before applying? In this time of economic uncertainty, it is good to consider and anticipate both options. How are you preparing for the LSAT? What other steps should you be anticipating for the law school application process? These questions and others you bring to the session will be addressed.
  • May TBD Freshmen & Sophomores (rising fall 2020 Sophomores & Juniors): What you should be thinking about now. Motivated, directed students are often high performing students, but what else could you be doing to distinguish yourself, and building a notable academic track record? How are you exploring your career interests outside of the classroom? How do your experiences contribute to a stronger law school application and build your network? These questions and others you bring will be discussed.
  • May 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 2020-2021 cycle for entry into law school in fall 2021. 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 appointmens one-on-one for law school application advising. Workshops will be repeated each month in the summer and in the fall on various dates and times.

Summer

EXCEL Trial Advocacy Non-Credit Program. Trial Advocacy provides students with an understanding of the foundational skills needed to try a case including: case analysis and planning; direct and cross examination of witnesses; proper use of exhibits; making and responding to objections; jury selection; and effective opening statements and closing arguments. At the conclusion of the program, students, acting in teams, take part in a mock trial. By taking on these roles, students gain insight into the function of attorneys in the courtroom.

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 2020-2021 cycle for entry into law school in fall 2021. Please attend a workshop (you only need to attend one) before scheduling individual appointments one-on-one for law school application advising. Workshops will be repeated during the summer and later in the fall on various dates and times. All sessions will be held on Zoom. Please RSVP by 9 a.m. the day of the session to receive Zoom information.

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