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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 oaposse@aol.com 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: oaposse@aol.com

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

 PARALEGAL STUDIES

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 That Might Be Of Interest To Pre-Law Students

 

Class Name Class Number Meeting Times
Criminology (SOC 307)

Why do individuals commit crime? This course examines and assesses a variety of theories from each of the three main criminological paradigms classical, positivist, and critical, with special attention to the role of important crime correlates such as class, gender, and race. In addition to theories of crime, the course also turns a critical lens to sources of crime knowledge (including popular media and national data sources), and introduces punishment philosophies and how they relate to theories of criminality.

21982 MWF 2-2:50PM
Drugs & Society (SOC 311)

Understanding the relationship between drugs and their social context provides insights into why, despite the risks, people find consciousness alteration meaningful. Topics covered in this course may include: the kinds of experiences/problems that arise from drug use; shifting perspectives on drug use in society; the emergence of drug crusades and drug legislation in America; the relationship between drug use and crime; the prevention and treatment of alcohol and drug problems; and current domestic and international drug control policies.

18564 TR 9:30-10:50AM
Criminal Justice Systems (SOC 317)

This course examines the varying functions of criminal justice institutions: police, prosecutors, courts, probation services, and prisons and jails. Students will explore how the structure and practice of the criminal justice system varies across countries and will think critically about changes in the purpose and effectiveness of criminal justice institutions in the U.S. over time. Students will also understand the theoretical and practical role of these institutions in (re)producing or mitigating social inequality.

21986 MW 6:30-7:50PM
Juvenile Justice (SOC 319)

This course is organized around several themes: how delinquency is defined and measured, the sociological factors that put a child at risk for becoming a part of the juvenile justice system; the roles of gender, race, and class, as well as culture, families, schools, and communities, in predicting delinquency; and, responses to juvenile delinquency via the juvenile court process, youth corrections in the community, and out of home juvenile placements. Students will also examine how contact with the juvenile justice system may lead to or prevent future contact with the criminal justice system in adulthood.

21983 TR 12:30-1:50PM

Undergrad Legal Research Program Fall 2016 – Application

The Undergraduate Legal Research Program seeks to provide competitively-selected undergraduates with an introduction to legal research, analysis and writing. The class is organized as a quasi-independent study; the instructional sessions are designed to introduce the research tools and legal analysis skills necessary to choose a topic and produce a research paper and informational pamphlet for distribution at the SBI Legal Assistance Office. For their participation in the program, students earn three (3) elective credits through the UB Millard Fillmore College (MFC 499).

This program provides student researchers with:

  • Instruction in case analysis and briefing;
  • Instruction in legal writing strategies and styles;
  • Instruction in legal research methods available to undergraduates;
  • Doctrinal instruction from a law school professor and a legal research specialist;
  • Provision of a law student mentor for research guidance and assistance;
  • Structured and feedback-intensive development of a research topic and paper;
  • Observation of a law school class; and,
  • A presentation from a law school admissions officer to discuss the law school application process and requirements.

This program will develop the students’ skills in research and writing while allowing for close coordination with law students and legal professionals. Candidates for this program should have some experience with academic research, though no specific job history or academic major is required for consideration. All majors are welcomed, and can choose a topic pertinent to both the study of law and their academic major. A syllabus will be handed-out providing deadlines and rubric for all assignments after a final selection of all students has been made.

Minimum Qualifications

All applicants must be currently registered undergraduate students at UB in their sophomore, junior, or senior year.

Application Procedure

Send the following in a single email to mccimasi@buffalo.edu with the Subject Line “Researcher Application”:

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Resume
  3. Academic Writing Sample; and
  4. Unofficial College Transcript

Application Deadline

All application materials must be received via email to mccimasi@buffalo.edu by Monday 25th April 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Departmental Contact Information

Michael Charles Cimasi, Esq.
Director, SBI Legal Assistance
315 Student Union
SUNY at Buffalo
North Campus Buffalo, New York 14260
Phone: 716-645-3056
Email: mccimasi@buffalo.edu
Web: www.legalassistance.buffalo.edu

Upcoming Dates for Fall 2016 Legal Internship Program Informationals!

Students should bring a copy of their resume and transcripts. This opportunity is for pre-law and paralegal students or students thinking about those options.

  • April 12th and 21st, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 209 O’Brian Hall
  • April 16th 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 209 O’Brian Hall

Information about this exciting opportunity

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 fall 2016 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 conduct information sessions for interested students on Saturdays, April 9 and 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in room 209 O’Brian Hall and again on Thursday April 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in 214 O’Brian Hall. 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 oaposse@aol.com 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.

If you have any questions about the class, you should contact Prof. Posse at 716-829-2904 or email at oaposse@aol.com.

Some Sociology Courses to Consider for Fall 2016

As has become the norm, sociology at University at Buffalo offers a variety of  topical courses of interest to pre-law students. Here are a few to consider for fall 2016:

Class Name Class Number Meeting Times
Criminology (SOC 307) 18792 TR 3:30-4:50 p.m.
Sociology of Deviance (SOC 345) 23792 MWF 9-9:50 a.m.
Drugs & Society (SOC 311) 21109 MWF 1-1:50 p.m.
Families and Public Policy (SOC 363) 23791 TR 2-3:20 p.m.
Sociology of Law (SOC 373) 22169 MWF 12-12:50 p.m.

Spring Semester Sociology Classes

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Here are some interesting courses prelaw students might consider taking being offered through the Sociology department this upcoming Spring semester!

Class Name Class Number Meeting Times
Criminology (SOC 307) 23459 MWF 11-11:50AM
Sociology of Deviance (SOC 345) 23464 TR 6:30-7:50PM
Juvenile Justice (SOC 319) 23460 TR 12:30-1:50PM
Criminal Justice Systems (SOC 317) 23463 MW 5-6:20PM
Drugs & Society (SOC 311) 19142 TR 5-6:20PM