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: Junior/Senior
Thursday, September 5; 11:00 AM-12:15 PM
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 - Spring 2019
RBG Feature Film Screening, hosted by the Women's Leadership Initiative
Wednesday, January 23; 6:30 PM
Enjoy the feature film RBG and take part in small group discussions afterwards. For students interested in law, attending this event is a great way to show law schools that you have attended events that give you exposure to the law, one of they key things they will review your law school applications for. Learn more about the Women's Leadership Initiative here.
Pre-Law Diversity Conference, hosted by Rutger's Law School Camden
Saturday, January 26; 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Rutger's Law School, Camden
This conference is an ideal opportunity for diverse undergraduate students to learn more about the law school admissions process, LSAT preparation, life as a law student, and the legal profession. Attend sessions, sit in on a course, and network with current law students and professors. This full-day conference is free and includes breakfast and lunch. Registration is required. SJU Pre-Law will fund your transportation. Please communicate with the pre-law advisors to make this happen.
Thursday, January 31; 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
If you have yet to attend a pre-law orientation, this is a must attend event. Learn more about the program, resources, the timeline for your application. Meet the pre-law advisors and get any questions you have answered.
Women's Professional Development Day
Saturday, February 23; 9:15 AM - 3:00 PM
Location communicated by the WLI
Attend the 5th Annual Women's Professional Development Day organized by the Women's Leadership Initiative. Students will spend the day learning about a variety of professional development skills, and also hear from recent SJU graduates about post-grad life. The day capstones with a Mocktail Networking session, where alumnae, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members will network with the student participants. Registration is required and space is limited. RSVP here by February 13.
Constitutional Originalism and Continuity: The Honorable Amy Coney Barrett, US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Monday, February 25; 3:00 PM
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, 229 North Spring Mill Road, Laurence E. Hirsch '71 Classroom (Room 101)
Hear one of President Trump's candidates for the Supreme Court -- Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit -- speak at Villanova Law School on Monday, February 25th at 3:00 pm at Villanova Law School. The Pre-Law program will pay for your transportation (save your receipts) and we encourage you to go!
Justice and Ethics in the Law Reception
Thursday, February 28; 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Join us to celebrate JEL minors who are completing the program. Network with JEL faculty members and SJU law alumni.
Politics, Government, Law, Law Enforcement Virtual Networking Event
Wednesday, March 20; 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual, Option to bring your laptop to North Lounge
Talk with law alumni and professionals in these fields in this virtual networking event. Registration is required and can be done here. Never done a virtual networking event before? Bring your laptop to the North Lounge to participate with others.
Drexel Kline School of Law's Annual Pre-Law Diversity Day
Friday, March 29; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Drexel Kline School of Law
This event will include a law school admissions panel with representation from Philadelphia-area law schools as well as panelists and presentations to discuss the importance of preparation, professionalism, and diversity in the legal profession. See the full agenda here. Register here. SJU Pre-Law will subsidize transportation.
Appellate Court Simulation
Wednesday, April 3; 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Pairs of student "lawyers" will argue three (3) cases that are pending before the U.S. Supreme Court before a trio of SJU judges and attorneys. Contact Dr. William McDevitt JD, email@example.com.
CANCELLED Financing Your Law School Education
Monday, April 8; 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Greaton Room, Barbelin Hall
SJU Pre-Law is happy to host Sherry Mason from AccessLex, a non-profit focused on reducing debt for those attending law school. This presentation will provide information and things to consider as you begin planning for your law school application process. Attendance is limited to 20. RSVP through your Handshake account.
Everything You Wanted to Know About the Second Amendment but Were Afraid to Ask
Monday, April 15; 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (open hours)
McShain Hall, 5th Floor Small Lapsley Meeting Room
Please join Dr. Liebell's seminar students as they present their legal and historical research on the Second Amendment. The conference will allow you to listen to a 5-7 minute presentation and ask questions on a variety of topics from Stand Your Ground to the origins of denying guns to people with mental illness to a feminist interpretation of the Supreme Court's decision in Heller. The event is open to the entire community. Please feel free to bring any guests. We will have snacks and drinks provided so we ask that you RSVP so we have a general idea of how much food to buy. FEEL FREE TO COME FOR ANY AMOUNT OF TIME YOU CAN. We know you are busy but you can learn a lot from one short presentation and Q&A!