Information Session Legal Professions Internship Summer & Fall 2017

UB’s Millard Fillmore College will be holding an information session for UB students who are interested in learning about new internship opportunities in legal professions.

This internship is developed in response to many student inquiries and has become a very popular addition to the UB Millard Fillmore College Paralegal Studies Program. All students are invited and encouraged to attend.

Millard Fillmore College is offering a 3-credit course in Summer and Fall 2017 that features unpaid legal studies internship experience for undergraduate students.

The legal studies internship was created and will be supervised by Olga Posse, J.D., MFC adjunct faculty. This experiential learning course will require 5 hours per week at the internship site plus online coursework.  Professor Posse secured commitments to internships through the Buffalo City Court, the Attorney General’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the Federal Public Defender’s Office, Erie County Family Court and two private law firms.

This internship experience could prove to be very valuable to students with an interest in entering the legal profession. Any UB student seeking to gain legal knowledge and experience would find this internship to be a valuable addition to their UB degree.

Prof. Posse will hold information sessions for interested students

  May 8 & 10 9:00 – 9:50 a.m.   Baldy 111
  May 13 & 14 12:00 – 12:50 p.m.   Baldy 107
  May 15 & 16 6:00 – 6:50 p.m.   Baldy 111
  • Any student who is interested in an internship MUST attend one of these meetings.
  • Bring a copy of your resume and unofficial transcript.
  • Prof. Posse will review the applicants and select the most qualified because of the limited number of internships available.
  • Interested students should RSVP to to let her know they are planning to attend either of the above-mentioned dates.
  • Prof. Posse will also respond to any questions concerning students may have concerning the course and internship opportunities.

There are only 60 Legal Professions Internships available for Summer and Fall 2017 and selection is competitive.  If you have any questions about the class, you should contact Prof. Posse at 716-829-2904 or email:

New Course: SSC 432 Topics in Legal Studies: Law and Ethics – Perception and Reality

SSC 432 Topics in Legal Studies: Law and Ethics – Perception and Reality

Professor Hausbeck

Tuesdays 4:10-6:50  reg# 23818

Complaints about lawyers’ ethics are commonplace. This course examines the cultural image of the American legal profession, and the reality or unreality of our society’s perception of a lack of moral sensitivity intrinsic to the American legal system.  What reinforces the perception that lawyers are unethical? How does the legal profession address public misconceptions? To evaluate these issues, this course will use exemplary available media, opinions from actual disciplinary proceedings, hypothetical situational ethical dilemmas, and existing ethical rules that are applicable to all legal professionals.

Paralegal Courses (MFC) that may be of interest to Pre-law Students


The Paralegal Studies Program provides students with the unique opportunity to earn a certificate of completion in paralegal studies.  Students have a choice to enroll as a noncredit student or to earn academic credit.  Designed with a practical orientation, and with assignments that are applicable to real life work situations, the program challenges students to apply knowledge as it pertains to different in fact situations.  Paralegal studies is an intensive program designed for working adults who are looking to upgrade their skills to make career changes.  The paralegal studies program is an excellent opportunity to prepare for quick entry into the marketplace for one of the fastest-growing careers in the country.

Who Should Consider This Program

Currently employed paralegals and law firm employs will learn the skills necessary to increase billable hours and productivity. This is an excellent choice for individuals interested in becoming paralegals who will become proficient at legal terminology, analytical research, and writing. Pre-law students find these courses to be excellent preparation prior to enrolling in law school.

 Our Faculty

Faculty selected to teach these courses bring years of experience to the classroom as practicing legal professionals. Faculty are New York State Bar certified and currently practicing their professional area of expertise.

 Program Requirements to earn a certificate of completion
The paralegal studies program consists of two courses, MFC 332 Paralegal Principles and Procedures. and MFC 334 Legal Research and Writing. Students may enhance the program by taking elective courses designed to expand their knowledge and upgrade their skills.

Further information Paralegal Studies,  The University at Buffalo – Millard Fillmore College

Sociology Courses (Fall 2017) that may be of interest to Pre-Law Students

Fall 2017 Sociology courses that might be of interest to Pre-law StudentsHere are several Sociology Courses for Fall 2017 offerings that may be of interest to pre-law students. The courses are listed below, along with their meeting times.

Class Name Class Number Meeting Times
Criminology (SOC 307) 18013 TTR 11AM-12:20PM
Drugs & Society (SOC 311) 19967 MWF 1-1:50PM
Criminal Justice Systems (SOC 317) 23417 MWF 10-10:50AM
Sociology of Punishment (SOC 337) 23414 MWF 3-3:50PM
Sociology of Deviance (SOC 345) 21897 MW 5-6:20PM



NY Legal Education Opportunity Program (NY LEO) application deadline, April 7, 2017

As the incoming Executive Director of the Legal Education Opportunity Program (NY LEO) sponsored by the New York State Judicial Institute with the support of Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner, it is my great pleasure to introduce myself and to remind you that the April 7, 2017 deadline is approaching to apply for this summer’s NY LEO program.

NY LEO is an intensive, on-site, six-week law school preparation program housed at the New York State Judicial Institute that runs from June 4 through July 14, 2017.  The program provides a solid foundation for excellence in law school and is designed to support the success of prospective law students who are members of groups underrepresented in the legal profession through course work, mentoring, and substantive engagement with lawyers and judges.

To be eligible for NY LEO, applicants must be New York State residents who are (1) minority, economically disadvantaged, or educationally disadvantaged; (2) college graduates by June 2017; and (3) accepted to or on the wait list at a law school in New York State for Fall 2017 enrollment.

Information and a more detailed description of the program may be found at

The application may be found at

Please share this wonderful opportunity with students admitted and wait-listed at your law school and let me know if you have any questions about the program.

All my best,

Natalie Gomez-Velez

Professor of Law and

Executive Director, NY LEO

Discover Law @ the University at Buffalo School of Law

A Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program

Recognizing that there is a shortage of minorities entering the field of law, the University at Buffalo School of Law created the Discover Law Undergraduate Scholars Program to:

  • Provide an immersive experience for undergraduates interesting in pursuing a career in law
  • Expose students to critical thinking and help them develop reading and analytical skills
  • Provide an in-depth and thorough experience in a four-week summer residency program.

This program is at no cost to participants.

This program is intended for undergraduates who have completed their freshman or sophomore year, but who will not commence their junior year before the end of the program, and are:

  • Underrepresented minority students, or
  • First generation college students

Program Partners

The University at Buffalo has launched an Innocence and Justice Project

The University at Buffalo has launched an Innocence and Justice Project, devoted to helping inmates who were wrongfully convicted have their convictions reversed. The project brings eight students into contact with the 440 motions from inmates; those inmates might be innocent, or they might have suffered a miscarriage of justice in some way.

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Internship Events: Internship Day and Internship Fair

Internship Day Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A whole day designed to explore internships. Get your free LinkedIn photo. Get your resume reviewed, information on internship programs

AND the very next day is the Spring Job + Internship Fair so get on the grind, internships are right around the corner!

9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 2nd Floor – Student Union.  Internship Day Information and Event Schedule

Internship Fair – Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The largest job and internship fair for all majors.

Event Information

  • Date: March 1, 2017
    Time:  12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Location: Alumni Arena
  • Reserve your spot today. Register on Bullseye powered by Handshake!

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