Wednesday, September 14, 2011

2011 Blog Archive: Overview of the Pre-Law Society

The Columbia Pre-Law Society, as the student counterpart to The Office of Preprofessional Advising at Columbia University, provides prospective law students with a forum to discuss, interact and debate with our nation's laws and processes.  We organize events and programs in order to facilitate networking both within our membership and with legal professionals.  Our events are meant to provide pre-law students with the necessary resources to either foster interest in the law or motivate further exploration of existing legal interests.  Students can attend the events they desire to attend and have no obligation to attend a certain number of events to become a part of the Society.

One integral aspect of our programming are our panels featuring attorneys, law school students, and professors.  Last semester, we had a Corporate Law panel featuring two partners from prestigious law firms Kirkland and Ellis, and Schulte Roth and Zabel.  In addition, we had a panel of Columbia law school students that ranged from 1L to 3L who spoke about their experiences in applying to law school and thoughts on law school.  Prior to that, we had an International Law panel, a Intellectual Property Law panel, and an informal discussion session with a professor at Columbia Law School regarding ethics in law.   Panels planned for this upcoming semester include a first and second year associates panel, a Law in Other Fields Panel, and a Public Service Law panel.

In addition to the aforementioned events, the Pre-Law Society runs two programs further designed to help students explore their interest in law.  The first program, Law School Auditing, is open to everyone and allows students to sit in on a class at Columbia Law School.  Previous classes offered have included Constitutional Law, Criminal law, Property Law, and IP Law. If students are interested in a particular field of law, please contact the Pre-Law Society and we will try to arrange to have a class in that field.

The second program, Job Shadow Day, allows students to visit a top law firm in the city, such as Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft, and meet and network with attorneys and recruiters.  This program is generally geared towards upperclassmen, although first-years are also welcome to apply.  Further information will be sent out once details are finalized for those of you interested in participating this fall.

This semester there is an opportunity to join the board as an Events Liaison, an entry level board position designed to help you learn how to function on a board and within Columbia's extracurricular activities. Some of the tasks that Events Liaisons are expected to carry out are fliering, contacting speakers, and brainstorming for new events. It will be a chance to not only be a larger part of Pre-Law Society but also to interact with the legal professionals and law students in the New City area. In order to be an Events Liaison, you must be able to attend board meetings every Sunday at 8 pm. Check our home page for the application.

Last, but not least, like our Facebook page. There is a Columbia Pre-Law Society Facebook group that will soon go into disuse, so do not join that one. To get updates on events, panels, and our two programs, like the page!

Thanks for all those who came out, and we can't wait to see you at our future events!

2011 Archive: Events Liaison

For everyone interested in becoming an Events Liaison, the application is below. It is due before 5 pm on September 21st, 2011. 

Remember: To be able to be an Events Liaison, you must be able to attend board meetings on Sundays at 8:00 pm. http://weebly-file/4/8/2/0/4820904/events_committee_application__fall_2011.doc

Thursday, September 8, 2011

2011 Archive: General Body Meeting

Columbia Pre-Law Society will be holding its first general body meeting on Tuesday, September 13th at 8:00 pm in Lerner 569. 

Start your year off and get involved with Columbia Pre-Law Society! Meet your executive board, learn how you can become an events liaison, and find ways to stay updated with our events. Send any questions/concerns to and check us out on Facebook. We can't wait to see you there!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

2011 Blog Archive: Introduction

Hey guys!

As part of our effort to become more accessible to Columbia and Barnard, we've decided to create a Blog detailing the information from each of our events. If you can't make it to a panel or a meeting, I'll post a summary of the event here.

If you have an suggestions, definitely leave a comment or email me!

Natasha Bhatia
PR Coordinator