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 UNF will host two and possibly three law forums.
On Thursday, January 12, 2012, Florida State University School of Law new Director of Admissions, Jennifer Kessinger, will meet with students from 12:00-1:30 pm in the Student Union Building 58 W in room 3703-D.
On Thursday, February 2, 2012, Stetson University School of Law Director of Admissions, Laura Zuppo, will meet with students from 3:00-4:30pm in the Student Union Building 58 W in room 3805.
Please contact the Pre-Law Program Office for the time and location of these forums.
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.
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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