The Pre-Law program at UNF hosts many various events throughout the year in order to expose students to real world experience.
Every spring semester, the Pre-Law Program conducts an afternoon event entitled Pre-Law Forum.
This activity brings law school representatives and graduates from one particular law school or a combination of law schools to the campus to discuss all aspects of the law school admissions process.
During Spring 2011 we had three law forums. This first on campus was Stetson University School of Law. Laura Zuppo, Executive Director for Admissions and Financial Aid spoke with and answered students’ questions. Erika Wilson, a 2L at Stetson Law and a UNF graduate came with Ms. Zuppo to inform students as to what to expect during law school and about some of the opportunities to expand themselves while in law school.
Second, two schools shared the limelight-John Marshall School of Law in Atlanta and Florida Coastal School of Law. These private law schools informed students on the availability of scholarships and the cost of law school.
Third, Florida State University School of Law, Director of Admissions, Deborah Hood, informed students about the application process and admission requirements to FSU Law.
During Spring 2012 and Spring 2013, UNF hosted two law forums each year in which Florida State University College of Law and Stetson University School of Law were spotlighted.
Florida State University School of Law Director of Admissions, Jennifer Kessinger, met with students and took questions from students applying to FSU Law. To assist our students, she presented information on the application process and described what admissions is looking for on their applications.
Stetson University School of Law Director of Admissions, Laura Zuppo, met with students and took questions from students applying to Stetson Law. Ms. Zuppo presented information on financiing law school and described what Stetson's admissions personnel look for on application.
UNF is fortunate that Ms. Kessinger and Ms. Zuppo take their time to come to UNF to assist our students gain admission into law school.
Please contact the Pre-Law Program Office for the time and location of upcoming forums.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
1:30 pm Student lecture Student Union,3rd Floor Ballroom D
teaches history at Boston College and offers courses on twentieth-century
American history, the history of violence and terrorism, and the history of the
U.S. intelligence community. He is the author of a prize-winning book, Vatican
Secret Diplomacy, published by Yale University Press in 2008.
During the past 10 years, Pre-Law Day at UNF has grown from a handful of participating law schools to more than 30 in number. All 11 law schools in the State of Florida attend UNF’s event, and law schools come from as far away as Massachusetts, New York, Michigan, and California. The Pre-Law Program co-sponsors Pre-Law Day with Career Services.
Pre-Law Day affords Pre-Law students the opportunity to meet one-one-one with various representatives of a number of law schools and learn about the law school admission process, financial aid, and preparation for the LSAT. Each year, the number of students attending Pre-Law Day has grown. Several hundred students now attend this annual event.
Law Schools that have previously attended Pre-Law Day include:
Law Day Speakers
Each year a major guest speaker addresses UNF Pre-Law Day. Past speakers have included Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, former Chief Justice Major Harding of the Florida Supreme Court, noted legal Historian and National Humanities Medal winner Stan Katz, local Chief Judge Donald Moran, former State Attorney Harry Shorstein, and Founders' Chair and Professor of Law at Florida Coastal Law Frank Beytagh.
3:00 pm Lecture- "How I Got To Be Two Things"
Location, Student Union Auditorium
This lecture is free and open to the UNF community.
7:00 pm Lecture "A Novelist Goes to Hollywood"
Location, Adam W. Herbert University Center
This lecture is free and open to the public, free e-tickets are required.
Attorney and Best-Selling Author
Scott Turow is a writer
and attorney. He is the author of seven best-selling novels: Presumed Innocent
Burden of Proof (1990), Pleading Guilty (1993), The Laws of Our Fathers
Injuries (1999), Reversible Errors (2002) and Ordinary Heroes
(2005). In November, 2006, Picador published his latest novel, Limitations,
which was originally commissioned and published by The New York Times Magazine. He has also
written two non-fiction books—One L (1977) about his experience as a law
student, and Ultimate
Punishment (2003), a reflection on the death penalty, and has
frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair,
The New Yorker, Playboy, and The Atlantic.
Mr. Turow’s books have won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland
Prize in 2003 for Reversible
Errors and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 2004 for Ultimate Punishment.
His books have been translated into more than 25 languages and have sold more
than 25 million copies world-wide. He is
currently working on the upcoming book, The
Trial of the Gemini, expected for release in 2014.
Mr. Turow continues to work as an attorney. He
has been a partner in the Chicago office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal,
a national law firm, since 1986, concentrating on white collar criminal
defense, while also devoting a substantial part of his time to pro bono
matters. In one such case, he represented Alejandro Hernandez in the successful
appeal that preceded Hernandez’s release after nearly twelve years in prison –
including five on death row – for a murder he did not commit.
Scott Turow was born on April 12, 1949 in
Chicago, Illinois. He graduated with high honors from Amherst College in
1970. That year, he received an Edith Mirrielees Fellowship to the
Stanford University Creative Writing Center, which he attended from
1970-72. From 1972 to 1975, Mr. Turow taught creative writing at
Stanford, as E.H. Jones Lecturer. In 1975, he entered Harvard Law School,
graduating with honors in 1978. From 1978 to 1986, he was an assistant United
States Attorney in Chicago. He was one of the prosecutors in the trial of
Illinois Attorney General William J. Scott, who was convicted of tax fraud. Mr. Turow
was also lead government counsel in a number of the trials connected to
Operation Greylord, a federal investigation of corruption in the Illinois
judiciary. Mr. Turow has been active in a number of charitable causes,
including Literacy Chicago. In 1997-98, he served as president of the
Authors Guild, which is the national membership organization for professional
writers, and continues to serve on its governing board. He is a trustee of
Mr. Turow has been appointed to a number of public
bodies. He is currently a Member of Illinois' Executive Ethics Commission.
From 2002-2004, he served as Chair of the Illinois State Appellate Defender’s
Commission, which oversees the state agency which represents indigent criminal
defendants in their appeals. He served as one of the fourteen members of the
Commission appointed in March, 2000, by Illinois Governor George Ryan to
consider reform of the capital punishment system; the Commission was appointed
after Governor Ryan declared a Moratorium on executions and delivered its
report in April 2002. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Turow was a member of the
Illinois State Police Merit Board, which determines matters of hiring,
promotion and discipline for members of the Illinois State Police. He also
has served in 1997 and 1998 on the United States Senate Nominations Commission
for the Northern District of Illinois, which recommended appointment of federal
1:30 pm Student Lecture
Location, Student Union, 3rd floor Ballroom D
7:00 pm Lecture-"The FBI, Father Charles Coughlin, and Militant Anti-Semitism in America: Prosecuting the Christian Front."
This lecture is free and open to the public.
The Pre-Law Program has developed concepts for four undergraduate courses which focus on the application of specific skills and perspectives such as; analytical thinking and problem solving, critical reading and writing, oral communication, research, task organizing and management, the values of serving others, and promoting social justice and knowledge. Each of these courses has been endowed by local law firms and each contains a lecture series component.
The first endowed Program course entitled “Social Responsibility and the Law” was awarded a $25,000 endowment from the local attorney Tom Brown, who was a senior partner in the law firm Brown, Terrell, Hogan, Ellis, McClamma, and Yegelwel. Professor David Courtwright has taught this course since its inception and teaches it in the spring semester. A number of guest speakers have addressed Dr. Courtwright’s classes including Dr. Michael Radelet, a nationally-known expert on the death penalty. Dr. Courtwright’s classes have also fielded discussions with local attorneys and doctors on tobacco litigation.
A second Program course, entitled “Pre-Law Seminar: Ethics, Standards, and Values” was endowed by the law firm of Liles, Gavin, Constantino, George & Dearing, P.A. Rutledge Liles is a past president of the Florida Bar.
The third course, “Child Advocacy” has been taught during the spring semester since 2001. This course was endowed in full by local attorney and Magistrate Judge Maria Keebler. Numerous guest speakers in the field of child advocacy have addressed this class.
The fourth course, “Mock Trial,” was created in 1995. The course was one of the country’s first three-hour credit courses in Mock Trial. It has been adopted by numerous other academic institutions and continues to serve as a model course. For further information, please click on the link to the Program’s separate Mock Trial page.
These state-of-the-art courses, co-designed by academicians and lawyers, will help the student understand the human institutions and values with which the law deals. They will introduce them to contemporary social issues, which will present challenges to the lawyers of tomorrow. The accompanying lecture series, which is open to the general public, will bring renowned legal consultants, jurists, and law professors to campus. In the future, members of the local judicial and legal community will be scheduled to teach Professional Ethics.
There is a lecture series component to the endowed courses. Beginning 2011, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Pre-Law Program jointly sponsored a new Pre-Law Lecture Series, which focuses on the intersections between law and the arts and sciences. This lecture series was created to engage students, faculty, and the public in discussions with scholars who study law as it applies to questions we examine in the arts and sciences.
The first speaker was Dr. Michael Gagarin, who is one of the foremost scholars in the areas of ancient Greek law, oratory and political theory. His works have included Drakon and Early Athenian Homicide Law, Early Greek law, and most recently Writing Greek Law (Cambridge, 2008), as well as a number of monographs and articles on the Athenian orators, and an edited selection on Early Greek Political Thought, co-authored with Paul Woodruff. Dr. Gagarin’s lecture is entitled “Law and Rhetoric in Classical Athens and Today,” was presented on March 9, 2011.
Our second speaker, Linda Greenhouse's public lecture was The Supreme Court and the Public: An Imperfect Dialogue. She is the Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She assumed this position in 2009 after a 40-year career at the New York Times, including 30 years covering the United States Supreme Court. Her biography of Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Becoming Justice Blackmun, was published in 2005. She received numerous journalism awards for her reporting, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1998; the Carey McWilliams Award from the American Political Science Association in 2002 for "a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics;" and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University's Kennedy School in 2004. She received a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale law School and is a regular guest on the PBS program Washington Week.
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