Law Students

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    Welcome Law Students!
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  • Upcoming Events
    • Final Exam Preparation

      Final Exam Advice

      It does not matter what year you are, there are two words that strike fear into the hearts of any law student "Final Exams!"  At the mere mention of these two innocuous, two syllable words; blood runs cold, pulses race, sweat drips and panic sets in.  Months of hard work will be reduced to a few questions on which a law school career can be made or broken.  

      Relax, the New York State Bar Association is here to help.  Take a deep, cleansing breath and get something to drink as we are providing students with the best advise on prepping for and taking the dreaded final exams.  

      "One thing I would recommend is that students not fall into the trap of gathering and discussing the exam just before they sit down and take it.  The number of times I saw people melt into panic in the minutes before the door opened and people rushed in to get their “favorite” seat was astounding." 
      - Kevin Getnick, NYSBA Executive Services Counsel


      Helpful Links - 

      Law School Toolbox - 
      "To write a great law school exam answer, you’ve got to do one critical thing: Deal with the ambiguity. Why is ambiguity important? I know, you want there to be one “right” answer. Time to get over that. Why? Because the points are in the debate."

      This Girls Guide to Law School -
      "From an old student outline: Similarly, starting with a well-organized prior outline which makes sense to you can help clarify the law you studied and show you what you really need to know. Make sure the outline is from your professor! Studying what someone else taught in detail is unlikely to help."

      Legal Solutions Blog - 
      "While you are working on your outline and/or after you’ve completed it, take note of any specific cases, statutes, or general themes that seem to come up more often than others."

      Law School Academic Support Blog - 
      "Learn the material before an open-book exam. You will not have time to look everything up. You want to organize the materials you will have available, but learning is more important than 200 tabs."

      The Law School Hacker - 
      "Okay, law school exams are weird. Why? What is going on?"

      Good Luck!



    • Law Student Scholarship Applications

      The Real Property Law Section is now accepting applications for its two law student scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each. The scholarships will be awarded in 2017.

      REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION LORRAINE POWER THARP SCHOLARSHIP

      Through a gift from the Real Property Law Section, The New York Bar Foundation established the Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship in 2008. The $ 5,000 scholarship is awarded to a second- or third-year law school student who best exemplifies the core values important to Lorraine: academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, high integrity and, if possible, an interest in real property law.

      The Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Lorraine Power Tharp, who served as President of the NYSBA and Chair of the Real Property Law Section. 

      Efforts will be made to honor Lorraine's commitment to gender equity and diversity in the profession. To ensure geographic diversity, the Foundation will strive to select students attending New York State law schools in different counties each year, so that over time students from all areas of the state will be able to benefit from the scholarship. A preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial  need.

      The Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship application form has details on eligibility, requirements and the deadline.

      Application Deadline: November 30, 2016.

      PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION LORRAINE POWER THARP SCHOLARSHIP

      2008 – Rufus Williams
      2009 
      – n/a
      2010 
      – Christopher R. Copeland
      2011 
      – Milana Khlebina
      2012 
      – Alissa Fortuna
      2013 
      – Leanne Monique Welds
      2014
       - no scholarship awarded
      2015 - no scholarship awarded

      Ullman, Dave

      2016 - David Ullman - Columbia Law School 


      REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION MELVYN MITZNER SCHOLARSHIP

      Through a gift from the Real Property Law Section and Rosalyn Mitzner, The New York Bar Foundation established the Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship in 2013. The $ 5,000 scholarship is awarded to a full- or part-time student enrolled in a New York State law school. 

      The scholarship was created to honor the memory of Melvyn Mitzner, a legend in the New York real estate legal community. Mitzner is a former chair of the Real Property Law Section, and was an active and valued member of the Section for many years. 

      Efforts will be made to honor Mitzner’s commitment to professional achievement and to diversity in the profession.  To ensure geographic diversity, the Foundation will strive to select students attending New York State law schools in different counties each year, so that over time students from all areas of the State will be able to benefit from the scholarship. A preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

      The Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship application form has details on eligibility, requirements and the deadline.

      Application Deadline: November 30, 2016.

      PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION MELVYN MITZNER SCHOLARSHIP

      2013 - Edward Hyde Clarke 
      2014
       - no scholarship awarded
      2015 - no scholarship awarded

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      2016 - Nicholas Zapp - Albany Law School 


    • Upcoming Law School Events - Fall 2016

      August

      Hofstra University Law School - 1L Student Orientation BBQ, Tuesday, August 16, 2016
      Touro Law School - 1L Student Orientation BBQ, Sunday, August 21, 2016
      Albany Law School - 1L Student Orientation Luncheon, Monday, August 22, 2016
      Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law - 1L Student Orientation Luncheon, Tuesday, August 23, 2016
      Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University - Welcome Back Celebration, Monday and Tuesday, August 29 and 30, 2016
      SUNY Buffalo School of Law - 1L Student Orientation Luncheon, Wednesday August 31, 2016

      September

      Cornell University Law School - Welcome Back Celebration, Thursday, September 1, 2016
      Albany Law School - Meet the Sections, Wednesday, September 7, 2016
      Syracuse University College of Law - Welcome Back Reception, Tuesday, September 13, 2016
      Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University - Dinner with a Lawyer, Thursday, September 22, 2016
      Touro Law School - Coffee Talk, Wednesday, September 28, 2016

      October

      Brooklyn Law School - Coffee Talk, Tuesday, October 25, 2016

      November

      Touro Law School - Meet the Sections, Tuesday, November 1, 2016
      Albany Law School - Coffee Talk, Thursday, November 3, 2016


    • YLS District 10 Comedy Night at the Governor's Comedy Club

      Join the Fun!  
      Comedy Night at the Governor's Comedy Club in Levittown, NY.

      YLS District 10 Comedy Night Governor's Comedy Club

      Register HERE!

      For more information, contact Alex Englander at aenglander@nysba.org or 518.487.5578 

  • Law Schools in New York State
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    Click on your school to find out more information about the New York State Bar Association's Pathway to the Profession.


    Albany Law School

    Brooklyn Law School
    Cardozo School of Law
    CUNY School of Law
    Cornell University Law School
    Columbia University School of Law 
    Fordham University School of Law
    Hofstra University School of Law
    New York University School of Law 
    New York Law School
    Pace Law School
    St. John's University School of Law
    SUNY Buffalo Law School
    Syracuse College of Law
    Touro Law Center


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    Don't forget to take advantage of Student Section Member Discounts.

    Interested in being part of the Pathway Team?  We have Campus Fellow and Student Content Editor positions available.  
    If you are interested, please email Alex Englander at aenglander@nysba.org
  • NYSBA Section Membership

    Join NYSBA Sections and Section Committees TODAY! Now is the time to start making your professional connections.


    Sections are groups that focus on various areas of practice. 
    Membership in a section entitles you to:

    • Exclusive programs
    • Publications
    • Web-based resources
    • Networking opportunities with leading practitioners in the field

    **Your Law Student Membership gives you deep discounts on section memberships.  With sections costing as little as $5.00 a year, why not take advantage of everything YOUR membership can provide?**


    Join TODAY


    NYSBA Sections:

    Antitrust  $15.00
    Business Law  $5.00
    Commercial & Federal Litigation  $20.00
    Corporate Counsel  $15.00
    Criminal Justice  $10.00
    Dispute Resolution  $10.00
    Elder Law  $15.00
    Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law  $17.50
    Environmental Law  $17.50
    Family Law  $17.50
    Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law  $12.50
    General Practice  $12.50
    Health Law  $5.00
    Intellectual Property Law  $15.00
    International  $12.50
    Labor & Employment Law  $5.00
    Municipal Law  $15.00
    Real Property Law $0.00
    Tax  $12.50
    Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law $5.00
    Trial Lawyers  $15.00
    Trusts & Estates Law  $5.00
    Young Lawyers  $0.00

    TO LEARN MORE, OR TO JOIN CALL 518.463.3200 / 800.582.2452, OR GO TO WWW.NYSBA.ORG/JOIN TO BECOME A NYSBA LAW STUDENT MEMBER TODAY. 

  • Law Student Resources

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    Online Law Student Community

    • Discussion boards
    • Event listings
    • Student blog
    • Library

    The New York Bar Foundation

    • Fellowships
    • Writing Competitions
    • Scholarships

    New York State Bar Association - Career Center

    • Search postings from all across the United States
    • Post your resume 
    • Set-up job alerts

    Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP)

    • Addiction recovery
    • Wellness and personal development
    • Help with anxiety disorders
    • For CONFIDENTIAL assistance call 800-255-0569 

    Alternative Legal Careers 

    NYSBA Events & Calendar

    • CLE's
    • Section meetings
    • And other programs

    New York State Bar Association Practice Sections

    • Chose from 23 different practice sections
    • Network with member attorneys in your specialized field
    • Keep informed by receiving your section's quarterly newsletter

    What Every New York Attorney and Law Student Needs to Know

    • Information on the Bar Exam
    • Attorney registration and admissions to the NY Bar
    • Attorney search and certifications of good standing
    • Court identification and secure pass

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    Other Benefits of Membership

    FastCase - Free legal research from Fastcase
    SoFi Student Loan Refinancing - $300 bonus for refinancing your loans through USI. 
    JuryVoice - Online jury research
    Clio - Practice management software

    To Join Call 518.463.3200 or 1-800.582.2452
    Go to www.nysba.org/pathway.