Category Archives: Announcements

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

Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress (CSPC) Fellow Application

Each year the University at Buffalo is invited to nominate one sophomore or junior to become a Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress (CSPC) Fellow. The Fellows are fully funded to participate in three-day leadership conferences in Washington, DC during the fall and spring semesters, in addition to completing a research paper that is eligible for publication and awards. All expenses are paid for by UB and an alumnus of UB.

Since 1970, CSPC Fellows have traveled to Washington, DC to learn about leadership and governance, to share their outstanding research, and to explore careers in public service. While attending the conferences, the Fellows participate in workshops where they present and receive constructive criticism on their research papers. The Fellows also have the opportunity to engage with policy experts, government officials, and leaders in the legislative process. In the past, Fellows have had the opportunity to meet with speakers such as Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke; Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher Lu; journalists James Kitfield, Ron Fournier, and Clive Crook; and defense experts Michele Flournoy, Frank Cilluffo and Capt. Eric Jones, USGC.

Criteria for students applying to become UB’s Fellow:

  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Demonstrated interest in the American government
  • Comfort speaking, presenting and writing about the American Presidency or Congress
  • All academic majors are eligible although typically Fellows are from political science, history, international studies, business, philosophy, economics, public health or journalism


  • Able to attend two conferences in Washington, DC – one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester
  • Undertake an original research project on a subject with direct relevance to the US Presidency and/or Congress. Write a 10-15 page paper based on this topic

Applications to become UB’s CSPC Fellow are due by 5:00pm EST on Monday, March 6:

You can find more information about the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress here:

Please contact The Office of Fellowships and Scholarships at if you have any questions.

Gap Year Idea – Teach for America



Learn how you can combat educational inequity.

 Thursday September 22nd 3:30 PM | 109 Capen Hall

 Education can transform our country, our communities, and the lives of the 15 million children who grow up in low income communities.  It is shameful that only 9% of children born into poverty will graduate from college.  It’s our time to step up and lead.  Together, we can make sure all kids have a shot at the American dream.  You have the power to change things.  Join us on Sept. 22 to learn how you can join the almost 9000 corps members teaching in 53 regions (along with over 42,000 alumni) fighting for educational equity.

Start today: SENIORS and GRADUATE STUDENTS Apply to the 2017 Teach For America corps. 

Next Deadline: October 19, 2016

Full salary, benefits, transitional grants, and AmeriCorps funding – Compensation

Have questions? Contact TFA’s Campus Recruiter:


LSAT Practice Event at UB Law School January 16th!

SUNY Buffalo Law School will host its first ever LSAT Practice Test Event on Saturday, January 16th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in 108 O’Brian Hall, University at Buffalo, North Campus. The LSAT Practice Test Event will include valuable test-taking strategies, a full-length proctored LSAT (PrepTest 76 from October, 2015), lunch, and a two-hour review for $50.00. Ms. Erin Decker, current SUNY Buffalo Law student and former Kaplan Product Development Manager, will host the LSAT Practice Test Event. Ms. Decker scored a perfect 180 on the LSAT! Space is limited so REGISTER TODAY!

Benjamin and David Scharps Legal Essay Competition

I am pleased to announce the 2016 Scharps Legal Essay Competition. The competition is open to juniors and seniors at state-operated campuses who are interested in legal issues, or are interested in pursuing a career in the legal field. The topic of this year’s essay competition is A Constitutional Conundrum: Search Drones and the Fourth Amendment.

The Scharps Award is offered in accordance with a gift accepted by the State University of New York Board of Trustees under the will of Hannah S. Hirschhorn to establish the Benjamin and David Scharps Memorial Fund.

One award SUNY wide of $1,500 will be presented to the student who has written the best 2,000 word essay describing the role and relevance of law in dealing with a current legal issue. A second award of $1,000 will be presented to the runner-up.

A copy of the program announcement, along with instructions, application cover sheet and essay topic is available by contacting Elizabeth Colucci at The internal UB deadline is January 4, 2016. Entries will be reviewed by a UB selection committee. Up to 3 nominations can be submitted to the SUNY competition.