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Events 2013-2014

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.

September  •  October  •  November  •  December  •  January  •  February  •  March  •  April  •  May

September

  • September 11, Wednesday (1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Society monthly meeting/Lunch & Learn with Courtney Fitzgibbons: Is Law School Right for Me? Courtney Fitzgibbons, Senior Director for Counseling & Programming, New York 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 11, Wednesday (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 2014.  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.  Repeat sessions will also be offered Spetember 27 and October 9.  Room 417 West.
  • September 18, Wednesday (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Human Rights Careers for Lawyers.  A panel of accomplished, practicing attorneys -- including Zachary Katznelson (ACLU National Security Project), Denise Miranda (Urban Justice Center) and Peggy Kuo (formerly of ICTY, the criminal court prosecuting violations of humanitarian law in the former Yugoslavia) -- will discuss their work in protecting fundamental rights, including the freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law.  Room 417 West.
  • September 25, Wednesday (1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.) Lunch & Learn with Law Students: What to do in college, BEFORE you go to law school. ·Learn how to make the most of your time as an undergraduate!  Box lunch will be provided.  Room 1731 West.
  • September 27Friday (1:10 p.m. - 3:00 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 2014.  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.  A last repeat session will be offered October 9.  Room 1731 West.

October

  • October 1,  Tuesday (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.): Admissions Panel.  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 law school representatives from the New York City metropolitan area.  This panel especially useful for alumni and Seniors applying for the 2013-14 cycle, or those planning to apply next year (Juniors, that means you!). Room 417 West.
  • October 6, Sunday (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) LatinoJustice PRLDEFLaw Day at Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038.  This diversity-oriented event includes a recruitment fair and informative panels.  Lunch will be served.  The event is free but registration is required.  (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.)
  • October 9, Wednesday (1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Society monthly meeting/Lunch & Learn with David Rigney: Promoting Voting RightsGroup discussion with David Rigney about his career experience as in-house counsel for higher education institutions, and his extensive pro bono work to protect voting integrity.  Box lunch will be provided.  Room TH 311.
  • October 9, Wednesday (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 2014.  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 16, 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 and Financial Aid, University at Buffalo Law School, about effective networking at the LSAC Forum coming up on October 18th at the NYC Hilton.  Also a good opportunity to learn about Buffalo Law.  Room 819 East.
  • October 18, Friday: LSAC Forum at the New York City Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY.  GROUP VISIT: Meet at the concierge desk in street level lobby at 9:30 a.m. for two special panels in anticipation of meeting law school representatives at noon.  (Event runs two days, Oct 18 and 19, but note that it is advantageous to attend Friday, when there is less foot traffic.)  The event is free but  registration is required.   Questions to Ask at a Law School Fair  This forum especially useful for alumni and Seniors applying for the 2013-14 cycle, or those planning to apply next year (Juniors, that means you!).
  • October 23, Wednesday, (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.) Lunch & Learn with Christopher Goeken: Serving the LGBT CommunityIn a small group setting, speak with Chris Goeken, Esq. about his area of practice, career development, and insight into the profession.  This event is directed at all pre-law students, regardless of level in their undergraduate careers.  Box lunch will be provided.  Room 819 East.

November

  • Ron Brown Center/St. John's Law, November 9, Saturday (8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Diversity Day at St. John's School of Law, 6000 Utopia Parkway in Queens. The event is free but registration is required -- includes continental breakfast and lunch. (Note: The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development strives to enhance the the pool of students of color going to law school.)
  • November 6, Wednesday (6:00 - 7:30 p.m.) Cardozo Law School Discussion: The What and Why of Journals & Clinics.  Discussion will focus on the value of experiential learning in building a legal career. Formal panel to be followed by tour of journal and clinic facilities at Cardozo Law School and opportunity for casual discussion with law students thereafter.  Dinner will be provided. RSVP Requested
  • November 13, Wednesday, (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Lunch with a Lawyer Series: Judge Nelson Roman. Conversation with Hon. Nelson Roman, recently appointed to the Federal Bench by President Obama.  We hope to accommodate as many students as possible. RSVP Requested for lunch headcount.  Preisdent's Conference Room, 1700 East Building.  Business casual (no sneakers, no jeans, no leggings).
  • CLEO, November 16Saturday, (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 -- see tabs on webpage on lower right side for various seminars targeted at students by college level.  (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.)
  • November 19, Tuesday, (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Legal Issue of the Day: Digital Privacy.  Michael Price, Counsel for the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program, will discuss the tensions between the fight against terrorism and the need to protect fundamental freedoms.  Room 706 West Building.

December

  • December 4, Wednesday(1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Lunch with a Lawyer Series: Christopher Seeger, Leading Class Action Litigator. Christopher Seeger will join students to discuss the landmark $765 million settlement that he negotiated this summer with the NFL on behalf of injured players.  Come chat over lunch about negotiating skills, the business of pro sports, the long term policy effects of the decision on school athletic programs, the nature of class action litigation, and the way the story has been covered in the press.  Bring your questions! PresIdent's Conference Room, 1700 East Building. Business casual (no sneakers, no jeans, no leggings). Lunch will be served.  POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 5
  • December 11, Wednesday (1:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Society monthly meeting/Lunch & Learn with Gisele Joachim: How to Pay for Law School. Gisele Joachim, Dean of Enrollment Management, Seton Hall University School of Law, will explain the nitty-gritty of funding your law school education. This session is a great 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 TH 311.  
  • December 11Wednesday (5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.) Mock Admissions Session: Hear what an admissions officer thinks as she reviews acutal 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.  Come hear how she views grades on the transcipt (what about that W?), multiple LSATs, the addendum, and the personal statement.  Find out what is she thinking as she reads applicant essays.  Room 819 East.
  •  December 13, Friday (10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon) Pre-Law Planning Sessions, Sylvia Fishman Student Center 417 West.
    • Freshmen: What should l be thinking about now?  (10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)  
    • Sophomores & Juniors: Resume Bootcamp I with Heather Butts, L.E.A.R.N. for Life Consulting (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon) 
  • January Intersession
  • January 7 & 8, Student Legal Education and Opportunity Program (SLEOP) in cooperation with the NYC Bar Association: Law School Prep Series.  Participation is free but registration is required.  NYC Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY.  
  • January, Winter Intersession: Moot Court Class. Capped at 12 students and by permission only; admission is competitive.  Be sure to e-mail prelaw@hunter.cuny.edu to express interest and to put your name on the waitlist during the fall term.

February

  • February 2014: 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, merit, and need.  Be sure to e-mail prelaw@hunter.cuny.edu to express interest and to put your name on the waitlist during the fall term.  Even if you will not be participating as a Fried Frank/Hunter Scholar, please do reach out to the pre-law advisor for assistance in planning your LSAT study plan, including the Pre Pro Bono Jumpstart weekend in March.
  • February 5, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.) Lunch with a Lawyer Series: Christopher Seeger, Leading Class Action LitigatorChristopher Seeger will join students to discuss the landmark $765 million settlement that he negotiated this summer with the NFL on behalf of injured players.  Come chat over lunch about negotiating skills, the business of pro sports, the long term policy effects of the decision on school athletic programs, the nature of class action litigation, and the way the story has been covered in the press.  Bring your questions! President's Conference Room, 1700 East Building. Business casual (no sneakers, no jeans, no leggings). Lunch will be served. R.S.V.P. HERE  POSTPONED
  • February 14, Friday (12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Small Group Visit: JPMorgan Chase In-House Attorneys. Interested in corporate compliance and the work that lawyers do at financial institutions?  Lunch with in-house attorneys at the Manhattan offices of JPMorgan Chase will give you the chance to glean insight into the nature of their work.  Lunch will be served.  This opportunity is limited, and is by permission only.  Students must submit a statement of interest by February 1 at this link: SUBMIT HERE  Students will be notified in early February that they have been selected, and meeting logistics will be provided at that time.

  • February 19, Wednesday (4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.) Panel Discussion: Diversity in the Legal Profession.  The panel will include a discussion on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. The members of the panel are professionals that are involved in the legal community - attorneys and law school officers. Invitees include Lance Ogiste, Esq. (Assistant District Attorney), Rosa Squillacote, Esq. (Hunter alum, formerly Urban Justice Center), Sherry-Ann Smith, Esq. (Hunter alum, Director of Career Services & Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives at Cardozo Law), Collins Byrd (Assistant Dean for Admissions, Univ. of Iowa Law) and Cristina Rincon (Hunter alum, Fordham Law '14, Fall 2015 Law Clerk, 2nd Circuit).  Moderated by John Rose, Esq. (Dean for Diversity and Compliance at Hunter College).  After the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity for Q&A and mingling. Co-sponsored by Hunter-CUNY BMI and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. PLEASE RSVP at this link.   Room 417 West.

  • February 25, Tuesday (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Resume Bootcamp II with Heather Butts, Esq., L.E.A.R.N. for Life Consulting.  In this second session, Ms. Butts will provide insight into polishing your already strong resumes, 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 417 West.
  • February 26, Wednesday (1:10-3:15) 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.  Invitees include Kaplan, Powerscore, Princeton Review, and Testmasters.  We expect prep providers will also be on campus at tables on the 3rd floor of the North Building during the afternoon.  Students who participate are eligible to receive FREE prep materials from the Pre-Law Office.  Room 415 West.

March

  • March 3, Monday 5 p.m.: DEADLINE for RESUME DROP!!  Apply for Paid Summer Internships and Funding for Law-related Public Interest Internships.  APPLY HERE.  Note that students who participate in the resume drop are REQUIRED to attend the February 25 Resume Bootcamp (noted above) and the March 11 Interview Workshop (noted below).
  • March 5, Afternoon Visit to CUNY Law - Details to be discussed at February 12th meeting of the Hunter Pre-Law Society. You must attend the meeting to go to the program.  Note that the Pre-Law Society is a student club that meets the second Wednesday of every month in TH311 at 1 p.m.
  • March 11, Tuesday (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Interview Preparation with Lauren Bergida, Esq. formerly Deloitte Consulting's human capital consulting practice. Ms. Bergida 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 417 West.
  • March 12, Wednesday (1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Society monthly meeting/Lunch & Learn with Justin Hoffman: Corporate Finance Attorney. Following business of the club, group discussion with Justin Hoffman about his career path to date, from Hunter College to "Of Counsel" at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Pizza will be provided. Room TH 311.
  • March 25, Tuesday (5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.) Success in Law School: Current Law Students and Newly Minted Attorneys 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. Room 417 West.

April

  • April 1, Tuesday (6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) Speed Networking at Cardozo LawNow that you have prepped for the interview, come polish your networking skills, and have the chance to speak with law students about their experiences working in law firms, agencies, and other law-related environments. Place: Cardozo Law, 55 Fifth Avenue; BUSINESS ATTIRE REQUIRED; SPACE IS LIMITED. Please RSVP

  • April 2, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Learning to Think for the LSAT: Jumpstart 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 at test time. 1731 West.

  • April 9,·Wednesday (1:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Society Monthly Meeting/Lunch & Learn with William Herbert, Esq.: Internet Visability and Your Career.  Following business of the club, group discussion with William Herbert about safe social networking and internet privacy – learn what you should be concerned about.  Mr. Herbert is the author of articles and book chapters examining various legal and policy issues including the impact of new computer-based technologies on labor and employment law and privacy, the application of the First Amendment to the public sector workplace, and electronic privacy protections in the European Union. TH 311
  • April 12 & 13, Saturday & Sunday, (See hours on registration link below) 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. 1729 West.  Please REGISTER HERE.  Registration closes 11:59pm on April 10th, 2014.

May

  • May 1, Thursday: (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) 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!! Room 417 West.
  • May 7, Wednesday (1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Society monthly meeting:  ELECTIONS!!  Room TH 311.
  • May, Various dates and times TBA: 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 2014-2015 cycle, for entry into law school for fall 2015.  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.  
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