Upcoming Events: Albany Law Panel & Advisor to MLB

We have two exciting events coming in April!

Albany Law PanelFriday April 12th at 11:30 am Ladd 307
– Come hear three perspectives on Law School. At this Info Session, there will be a representative from a current admissions officer, a current student, and an alumni – all three of our guests are from Albany Law. Food and refreshments will be served.

Discussion with Major League Baseball AdvisorMonday April 15th at 4:00pm Ladd 307
With public presentation to follow in Davis Auditorium at 6pm brought to you by Tim Harper, Dept of Management and Business 

Pre-Law Discussion with Rick Shapiro ’77, Esq.
Senior Advisor, Major League Baseball Association
Arbitration Expert; Alumnus of Skidmore College and Brooklyn Law School
Co-sponsored by the Pre-Law Society and the Career Development Center

Event Tonight: Corporations Are Not People: Responding to the Supreme Court in “Citizens United”

What: Jeffrey Clements, author, attorney and president/co-founder of Free Speech for People

When: Thursday March 28th 7:00pm

Where: Tang Museum, Free Admission


On January 21, 2010, with a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations and unions have the same political speech rights as individuals under the First Amendment. It found no compelling government interest for prohibiting corporations and unions from using their general treasury funds to make election-related independent expenditures,  striking down a federal law banning this practice and overruling two of its prior decisions.

The ruling allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money in our political process, and extends the claim that corporations should be treated as people under the U.S. Constitution with the same constitutional rights.

In his book, Corporations Are Not Peopleand through the non-partisan group Free Speech For People, Jeffrey Clements argues that free speech and other constitutional rights are for people, not corporations. In his book he shows how the Citizens United decision will ultimately impact public health, energy policy, the environment as well as the justice system.

On his list of must reads, Bill Moyers calls Corporations Are Not People “the first practical guide for every citizen on the problem of corporate personhood and the tools we have to overturn it.”  In his forward to the book, Moyers quotes President Theodore Roosevelt from a century ago speaking about the disproportionate influence of big business and special interests on American elections : “It is not a partisan issue; it is more than a political issue; it is a great moral issue. If we condone political theft, if we do not resent the kinds of wrong and injustice that injuriously affect the whole nation, not merely our democratic form of government but our civilization itself cannot endure.”Image

Jeffrey Clements is a cofounder and general counsel of Free Speech for People, a national, nonpartisan campaign to oppose corporate personhood and pass the People’s Rights Amendment. The founder of Clements Law Office, LLC, he has represented and advocated for people, businesses, and the public interest since 1988, serving as assistant attorney general and chief of the Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau in Massachusetts from 2007 to 2009.

Night of Networking In Boston: March 14th

For Juniors, Seniors & Alumni:


Alumni, parents, and friends of Skidmore will staff tables where they will be available for individual questions about career paths, graduate school, and tips on how to approach the job search.


Volunteer Mentors Include:

·         Kate Nedelman Herbst, J.D., Assistant District Attorney, Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office

·         David Haimi, Esq, Attorney/Business Owner, Lieberman Law Office, P.C.

·         And more…


1 Day….150+ Contacts.

This is a tremendous opportunity to make connections with working professionals.


MARCH 14, 2013, 6:00-8:30PM, DOWNTOWN BOSTON




Register ONLINE through your MyCDC Account here Click on “Events” -> “Workshops”

Be aware: You MUST be a Junior, Senior, or Alumna/us to register.

Announcing the New Skidmore Pre-Law Guide

I am pleased to announce that the Career Development Center has just released a guide for students interested in attending law school. The guide has information on when the LSAT is offered, a general timeline about when to apply to law schools, what resources are offered through Skidmore for pre-law students, and features many excellent tips.

The guide is available as a paper copy in the Career Development Center, and it’s available online. To retrieve it online, you must sign in to your MyCDC Account, and choose the “Resources Tab.” After filling out background information, you will be able to download the new pre-law guide.

Other information on the MyCDC Account: Here’s some additional info on MyCDC Account.

MyCDC Account: Access 6,000+ job and internship listings through My CDC Account, the Liberal Arts Career Network (LACN), and Nationwide Internships Consortium (NIC) databases. First-time users should enter your full Skidmore e-mail address and select Forgot Password to log-in; every matriculating student already has an account.  Follow the prompts and complete any missing information in your profile to gain access.  *Don’t forget to change the password to something you will remember.  Also, you won’t be able to apply to postings until you upload your resume to the My Documents tab.

Best Law Schools: Biglaw Jobs (2013)

Best Law Schools for Getting a Biglaw Job (2013)


For the past few years, the National Law Journal has been publishing a list of the best law schools to go to if you want to work in Biglaw after graduation. But through the lens of this annual report, we can see some of the changes that have happened in a profession that’s been in transition ever since the Great Recession. From layoffs to law firm collapses, Biglaw has faced many difficulties, and these challenges have been passed on to would-be associates when it comes to hiring.

Take, for example, the hiring scene in 2008, when the law school that earned the highest honors on the NLJ’s report could brag about sending 70.5 percent of its graduates to top law firms. Although we’ve started paving the road to recovery after several sluggish years, the employment picture for law students hasn’t rebounded to those levels.

Slowly but surely, it’s been getting better. In fact, this year, the future for law students seeking Biglaw jobs looks “marginally brighter.” But how much better? Let’s find out….” – AboveTheLaw.com

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Via: http://abovethelaw.com/2013/02/best-law-schools-for-getting-a-biglaw-job-2013/

Upcoming Kaplan Test Prep Opportunities

Besides practice tests, Kaplan offers  preview classes through their classroom anywhere format. In these sessions, teachers walk students through LSAT problems and  strategies in the comfort of their home. It’s  a live event being taught by  teachers all over the country. This event is coming up on the following days:

2/28 @ 8pm, 3/4 @ 7:30pm, 3/19 @ 7:30pm, 3/30 @ 3pm, 4/3 @ 9pm and 4/7 @ 5:30pm.

Another program Kaplan Offers is their LSAT 180, which is based like a talk show. This program features speakers and is brought to you via online broadcast like their anywhere events.

The next LSAT 180 Event will be on March 5th from 8pm-9pm and here is a description of the event:

“Hear from brand new first year law students about their experience so far:  their impressions to date, what they expected going in, what pleasantly surprised them and what caught them totally off guard.  For students who want the ins and outs of law school, they’ll get it straight from the source on this month’s episode of the 180 – live.”

You can register for these events at: http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1403413-WsVml3kFPv

If you want to see a demonstration of classroom anywhere lessons, you can go to kaptest.com/anywhere and click on demo next to the LSAT. The cost of this option is $999 and there is a sale this month where students can save $200. Sale ends on the last day of February.

If you have any questions, a Kaplan Representative will be on campus on March 21st (I’m guessing outside of the Spa)  where you can stop by the table to pick up a second free LSAT practice test.

Internship Opportunity: Legal Outreach NYC


Legal Outreach is seeking interns to perform general administrative and educational tasks for the organization during the month of June and to provide direct assistance to law students who are coordinating the Summer Law Institute for eighth grade students participating in a five-week Summer Law Institute (SLI) at Columbia, Brooklyn, NYU, New York, Fordham or St. John’s Law Schools. The final week of the internship is spent wrapping up the program and communicating its success to others.

General Responsibilities:

Assist a Legal Outreach staff member with administrative and/or educational tasks that may include but are not limited to the following:

•Recruit lawyers to serve as SLI guest speakers/field trip hosts
•Create database of student participants
•Organize a student orientation
•Help prepare curricular materials for programs
•Research and compile articles on legal topics
•General administrative tasks
•Prepare and practice skills based lessons to teaching to students

Program Specific Responsibilities:

•Assist law students serving as coordinators of the Summer Law Institute (SLI) at Columbia, Brooklyn, Fordham, NYU, New York or St. John’s Law School
•Assist 8th grade SLI participants preparing for a mock-trial competition
•Teach lessons on study skills, test taking skills and similar topics
•Grade weekly exams of SLI participants
•Chaperone SLI students on field trips to law firms, courts, agencies

General Program Wrap-Up Responsibilities:

•Edit articles written by students about their SLI experience
•Prepare SLI newsletter and send to volunteers and organization supporters
•Draft summary memos, annotate lessons, wrap up summer materials

The internship provides a great opportunity for a college student to gain exposure to and experience in the legal, education, and nonprofit fields. If you are interested in learning more about Legal Outreach and our internship openings, feel free to visit http://www.legaloutreach.org

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Real World Etiquette & Networking Dinner

The alumni board is sponsoring an Etiquette & Networking Dinner. For those interested in looking for employment, the dinner will focus on networking, and will be a great way to learn about having an interview over lunch.

A free meal, and perhaps a cocktail hour for people that are of age. Details in the image below;

Networking Dinner

Albany Law and Fee Waiver


Albany Law School

If you are interested in applying to Albany Law, the deadline for applications is March 1st 2013. It appears that they are offering a fee waiver for Skidmore students. If you are interested, contact Elaine Garrett in the Law School’s Admissions Office at egarr@albanylaw.edu

Also FYI: The Pre-Law Society will be hosing an info session with admission representatives, current students, and alumna from Albany Law. More detailed information to follow in near future.


Albany Law School Photo

Albany Law School
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208

Pre Law Event: Coffee Break and Networking Friday March 1st

Come to the Skidmore Pre-Law Society Coffee Break on Friday March 1st from 11:30-12:15 in the ICC Lounge In Case!

Free coffee & pastries will be served. Informal opportunity for students interested in Pre-Law to network and find out more information about attending law school / pursuing a career in the legal field.

Law Schools’ Applications Fall as Costs Rise and Jobs Are Cut

Law Schools’ Applications Fall as Costs Rise and Jobs Are Cut

New York Times, Jan 30th, 2012: Applications are headed for a 30-year low, reflecting increased concern over soaring tuition, crushing student debt and diminishing prospects of lucrative employment upon graduation.

Attention Seniors Interested in Legal Related Careers

The deadline for Eastern College Career Days (ECCD) is quickly approaching!   ECCD is a day-long interviewing event that conducts pre-screened interviews with highly qualified liberal arts undergraduates from Amherst, Bowdoin, Colgate, Hamilton, Middlebury, Skidmore, St. Lawrence and Wesleyan.

There are 11 open positions in the legal field for recent college grads.  If you are seeking a law-related position, you  may want to consider applying.  The deadline is Thursday, Feb. 7.  If you are accepted for an interview, you should plan to attend the event in NYC on Friday, March 8.

The current list of employers is included below… and more employers are still registering.  (legal jobs are red)

For more information, please visit:


Application Deadline | The Greenwich Country Day School
Job: Co-Teacher Program
Application Deadline | Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Job: Paralegal
Application Deadline | Epic
Job: Technical Services
Application Deadline | Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
Job: Paralegal – International Arbitration
Application Deadline | Epic
Job: Integration Engineer
Application Deadline | Epic
Job: Software Developer
Application Deadline | Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
Job: Paralegal – Litigation
Application Deadline | Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
Job: Paralegal – Bankruptcy
Application Deadline | John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Job: Editorial Assistant
Application Deadline | John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Job: Marketing Assistant
Application Deadline | Readak Educational Services
Job: Traveling Teacher
Application Deadline | Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Job: Legal Assistant – Real Estate – NYC 2013
Application Deadline | Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Job: Research Assistant – NYC 2013
Application Deadline | Kantar Retail
Job: Project Analyst – NYC 2013
Application Deadline | Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Job: Litigation Legal Assistant – NYC 2013
Application Deadline | Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Job: Legal Assistant – Litigation – NYC 2013
Application Deadline | TransPerfect Translations
Job: Project Coordinator – NYC 2013
Application Deadline | Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Job: Corporate Legal Assistant – NYC 2013
Application Deadline | Shearman & Sterling, LLP
Job: Legal Assistant (Paralegal) – NYC 2013
Application Deadline | The Rockefeller University
Job: Research Assistant – NYC 2013
Application Deadline | Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP
Job: Paralegal – NYC 2013
Application Deadline | Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Job: Legal Assistant – General Practice – NYC 2013
Application Deadline | Saks Fifth Avenue OFF FIFTH
Job: Executive Development Program

Pace Law Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship

Pace Law School Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship

Award Amount:  $3,000 – $10,000

In support of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities’ mission, Pace Law School is offering a Merit Scholarship award to a fall 2013 entering student who is eithercurrently enrolled in or has earned his or her bachelors or masters degree from one of the Environmental Consortium’s member institutions and has demonstrated an interest in environmental issues affecting the Hudson-Mohawk River watershed region.

Scholarship benefits consist of a merit scholarship ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 towards law school tuition, depending upon the student’s qualifications and Pace’s financial resources.  The award is renewable each year based on continued academic excellence.  The scholarship recipient will be expected to complete at least one project related to a regional environmental issue(s) while at Pace Law School.  Selection is based on the student’s application and academic record.

Interested students should attach a half to one page statement to their Pace Law School application of how he or she has been involved in Hudson-Mohawk River watershed environmental issues during their undergraduate work or why they have a particular interest in the environmental issues affecting the region.


Details: http://environmentalconsortium.org/resources/scholarships/pacelaw.html

Cathy Alexander, Assistant Dean of Admissions, calexander@law.pace.edu or 914-422-4210
Professor Lin Harmon, Assistant Dean and Director of Environmental Law Programs,lharmon@law.pace.edu or (914) 422-4207