Message from Legal Studies Institute Director

We invite you to experience college life at Marist, which is located on the banks of the majestic Hudson River, 75 miles north of New York City.

If you are interested in law, this is a fantastic opportunity to earn 3 college credits from Marist College. The Princeton Review has also ranked Marist College as one of the best 379 colleges for 2015.

A Legal Studies Institute student will explore the very foundation of the legal system, enjoying both access to Westlaw an industry leader in electronic legal research and the use of our on-site legal collection located within the James A. Cannavino Library. We will visit the FDR Museum and conduct a courthouse visit. Students will be engaged by dynamic speakers including lawyers, judges, historians, and political scientists. This institute will provide both an academic foundation and solid pre law advice as you begin your college career.


Being a lawyer, professor and judge allows Annamaria Maciocia to offer her students a unique perspective of the legal world. Her professional experience enables her to teach and advise students with a unique perspective of legal practice. Professor Maciocia joined the Marist faculty in 1993 as an adjunct faculty member and was hired full time as a professional lecturer in fall 1995. In 1997, she was appointed pre law advisor for all Marist students interested in pursuing law school. In 2011, she was appointed as Director of Marist College Paralegal Program. As program director and the only full time faculty member in the program, Annamaria successfully guided the program thorough its most recent American Bar Association re-approval. In fall 2014, the Paralegal Program will celebrate its 25th year of recognition as an American Bar Association approved program. Annamaria is known for creating a strong culture of support within the Marist Paralegal and Pre Law Programs.

Professor Maciocia is a graduate of Vassar College and Albany Law School. In addition to being an attorney admitted to the practice of law in New York State, Professor Maciocia is presently serving her 5th, four year term as Town Justice for the Town of Plattekill Court. In her capacity as Town Justice she oversees both criminal and civil cases in a town court ranked among the top 25% of town courts within the state of New York for volume. Town courts function as the courts “closest to the people” with jurisdiction to: arraign all criminal matters, adjudicate misdemeanors, violations and infractions, hear evictions, and decide civil matters within the jurisdictional limitation of the court.

Marist College Board of Trustee Distinguished Teacher Award 2014-2015