Pre-Law events are open to ALL students, regardless of where you are in the process of deciding if law school is for you.  We have events that cater towards those still deciding as well as to those in the application process.  Unsure which events make sense for you?  Contact a pre-law advisor to learn more!

Pre-Law Orientation

Thursday, January 23; 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Sunroom #2
Applying to law school in Fall 2020?  Just thinking about law school?  Attend this event to have your questions answered by Christine Falcone and Dr. Susan Liebell, your pre-law advising team.

Pre-Law Diversity Conference
Saturday, January 25; 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Rutgers Law School, Camden
This all day conference is focused specifically on diverse students who want to learn more about law school admissions, LSAT preparation, personal statements, law school courses, life as a law student, and the legal profession. This event is free but registration is required.  If you choose to attend, the pre-law program will reimburse your travel. Register here.

Sport for Social Change and Social Justice Speaker Series:
Natasha Cloud, Athlete Activist, WNBA Champion

Tuesday, February 4; 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: TBD
Hosted by the Faith-Justice Institute's Joseph William and Madeline Eberle Klein Fund, the Sports Marketing Club, and the Women's Leadership Initiative.  Join an intimate conversation about sports, social justice, and faith with Natasha Cloud.

A Conversation: The criminal justice system, communities of color, and the Catholic Church
Wednesday, February 5; 7:00 PM
Cardinal Foley Center
Racial bias in the criminal justice system disproportionately impacts communities of color.  The response by leaders in the Catholic Church to this racial injustice has been viewed by many to be insufficient and often ignoring the voices of those most affected.  Journalist Dawn Araujo-Hawkins will be joined in conversation by Sr. Alison McCrary, SFCC, a social justice movement lawyer, and Michael Brown's mother, Lezley McSpadden, to discuss these issues more.

Meet the Law School Admissions Counselors
Tuesday, February 18; 11:00 AM
BE 112
Hosted by the Pre-Law Program and Hawk Hill Law, this event will allow you to connect with law school admissions counselors from a variety of schools 1:1.  Bring your laptops to the event.  Schools in attendance: Drexel Law, Villanova Law, Temple Law, Widener Delaware, Seton Hall, New York Law, George Washington, American, Fordham, Suffolk, and Roger Williams.  Register here prior to the event.

Women's Leadership Professional Development Day
Saturday, February 22; 9:00 AM 

Doyle Banquet Hall North
This one-day event provides professional development and an amazing networking opportunity.  For more information on the application, please contact Ms. Lauren Preski.

Ongoing Events

Career Conversations
Register for your SJU Connects account here and schedule career conversations with law alumni and alumni in fields of interest.

An internship in the legal field will help you clarify if a law career is a good fit. It will also help give you exposure to different areas of the law.   For more information on internships in the legal fields, click here.  For guidance on how to find an internship, please contact the Career Development Center.

The Law and Justice Internship Award
If you If you are currently interning and your experience focuses on justice, ethics, or law, consider applying for a Law and Justice Internship award (up to $300). See the application for more information. The awards are supported by the SJU Law Alumni Endowment.  

NOTE: The Career Development Center is now located in the tan house behind the Maguire Wolfington Welcome Center (Admissions), #59 on the campus map

Past Events - Fall 2019

Pre-Law Orientation: Junior/Senior
Thursday, September 5; 11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Sunroom #1
All juniors and seniors considering or applying to law school should attend this session to understand the timeline of the application process and gain information on key resources.

Pre-Law Orientation: Freshmen/Sophomoes
Thursday, September 5; 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Sunroom #2
Freshmen and sophomores interested in law school should attend this orientation to learn about pre-law advising, opportunities, and available resources.

LEAD Kick-Off Event
Wednesday, September 11; 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Post Learning Commons, 2nd Floor Lounge
If you are a freshmen student of color considering law school, attend the Law Exploration Advancing Diversity (LEAD) Program's Kick-Off Event.  This casual event is meant for you to learn more about this program, meet new people in your class, and interact with the pre-law advisors in a relaxed setting.

Law Alumni Dinner Series
Thursday, September 12; 6:00 PM
The Law Alumni Dinner Series kicks off on September 12 and occurs monthly.  Registration is required and is limited.  Enjoy a free dinner and hear from current law students and alumni about life as a law student and lawyer.

Constitution Day
Tuesday, September 17; 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Location: Barbelin 265
We celebrate 100 years of Women's Suffrage this year!  But the debate was intense - and sometimes racist.  Frederick Douglass (Dr. Brian Yates of History) and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Dr. Susan Liebell of Political Science) debate the vote for back men and white women with food, prizes, and a chance to reflect on how our history impacts modern controversy.

Kinney Center 5k
Saturday, September 21; 8:30 AM
Kinney Center
Join the Law Alumni and help them reach the goal of having the largest affinity group participate in the Kinney Center 5k.  Register here.

Free, Timed Practice LSAT
Wednesday, September 25; 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: BE 216
Get acquainted with the LSAT and receive your baseline score.  Later, take advantage of the 1:1 strategy session.  Sponsored by NoodlePros.  Register here.

Introduction to the LSAT, Presented by TestMasters
Tuesday, October 1; 6:30 PM -8:00 PM
Location: BE 113
Taught by an LSAT instructor who scored a 178 on the LSAT! You will be presented with challenging questions and effective methods for tackling them. Learn about the basics of the LSAT, what to expect, the impact of the score, and best practices related to studying. RSVP here.

1:1 LSAT Debrief Sessions
Wednesday, October 2; Individually scheduled by student
Career Development Center
Sign up for a 1:1 session with an LSAT instructor to discuss the scores from your timed practice LSAT.  Hosted by NoodlePros.

Villanova Law School Fair
Wednesday, October 2; 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Villanova Law School, Arthur M. Goldberg Commons
Speak with over 50 top law schools and learn more about your top choices and obtain fee waivers for your applications.  You can also attend a pre-event panel called "Navigating the Law School Fair" which begins prior to the fair and receive a tour of Villanova Law.  Register here.  See the attending law schools here.

Dissecting the Law School Application
Monday, October 7; 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
North Lounge
Attend this interactive session hosted by Matthew Saleh, Assistant Dean for Admissions of Villanova Law School.  Mr. Saleh will walk you through exactly what law school admissions counselors look for as they analyze each component of your application.

Philadelphia Law Fair
Wednesday, October 9; 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Drexel University, Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center
80+ law schools from around the country will be in Philadelphia to answer questions and recruit prospective law students.  Don't miss the chance to gather information, application fee waivers, and demonstrate interest in law schools where you will apply. No registration required.  See who is attending here.

A Radical Solution to the Race Problem
Thursday, October 10; 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Barbelin 264
Dr. Quayshawn Spencer from the University of Pennsylvania will show how US race theories of the past are wrong.  Dr. Spencer will argue that race in the US has a radically pluralist form and will then explore the valuable implications of this view. Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Justice and Ethics in the Law.

LSAC Forum
Saturday, October 12
New York, NY
Meet law admissions deans and learn about their programs at this "must attend" event for those headed to law school in the next two years.  Transportation to the event can be reimbursed through the Pre-Law Program.

Thinking About Law School? With Attorney General Josh Shapiro
Tuesday, October 22; 5:00 PM
The Greaton Room, Barbelin Hall
Come to this intimate session with Attorney General Josh Shapiro to hear his advice for those considering entering the legal field.  Space is limited and RSVP is required.

The Nardi Symposium on Law and Justice: A Conversation with Attorney General Josh Shapiro
Tuesday, October 22
Mandeville Teletorium; 7:00 PM
Attorney General Josh Shapiro will share about his experience in the legal field at this annual event.

Logic Games Session with TestMasters
Wednesday, November 6; 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: BE 101
Jump into the LSAT with logic games, often cited by students as the most difficult section of the LSAT.

Did the Bible Sanction Slavery? How the Church Used the Bible to Justify Slaveholding
Wednesday, November 6; 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Doyle Banquet Hall North
Hear Dr. Paul Finkelman, President of Gratz College, author, who has been cited in four decisions by the Supreme Court, numerous other course, and in many appellate briefs. He will discuss how supporters of slavery in the United States and Europe used the Bible and other religious arguments to justify the enslavement of Africans and Native Americans in Europe and the Americas from the 1400s to the late 19th century.  Yes, those who advocated for the abolition of slavery also called upon the Bible to condemn it as immoral.  The dispute demonstrates the complex place of the Bible in American society and jurisprudence.