Summer Pre-Law Institute

Session 2: The 2018 Session 2 programs will run July 15th - July 28th.

This program will explore the practice of law as a profession as well as the crossroads of law and government. Are you intrigued by the law? Do think and write like a lawyer? Participants will rediscover the most influential founding documents of our government: Magna Carta and United States Constitution. Students will analyze primary sources of law: cases and statutes and learn to resolve legal questions. Landmark United States Supreme Court decisions will be discussed.  We will explore key historical events in the development of the judicial branch at both the state and federal level thus leading to an understanding of subject matter jurisdiction.

The program will cover the cornerstones of family law, contracts, torts, real property, wills, and criminal law. This program will provide insight into the legal profession from: making the most of being “pre law” in college, the value of working as a paralegal before going to law school, selecting a law school, law school admission, law school experience, and selecting a field of practice.  This program will provide solid advice and strong academic foundation for any student considering a career in law.

Guest speakers will include law school professionals, judges, lawyers, political scientists, and historians. Field trips to include a visit to the FDR Museum and a court house.  

Download the Pre-Law Pre-College program brochure and learn more.pdf

Program Goals

  • Introduce students to study of law and the legal system as well as the legal profession.
  • Students will gain valuable insight about law school and a legal education.
  • Provide an overview of major areas of law. The student will develop an understanding of such concepts as: judicial power, trial, family law, contracts, torts, real property, personal property, wills, and criminal law
  • The program will explore the Constitutional basis of the American Judicial System.
  • The students will recognize the distinct types of law: case, statutory, regulations, constitutional, ordinances, treaties etc.
  • The students will learn case briefing and case analysis as a means of understanding the law.

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion of the Legal Studies Institute, each student will earn three (3) transferable college credits for the Marist College course POSC 102, Introduction to Law.

Please see below for the 2018 Pre-College program costs. Cost includes tuition & fees, housing & all meals, field trips, and all course materials. Cost does not include travel expenses. Students may wish to bring funds for incidentals, shopping at the Marist Bookstore or the local mall, souvenirs, and any personal items they wish to purchase.

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