Fordham Law

Minority College Students Meet at Fordham Law to Jumpstart their Legal Careers

November 04, 2008

On Saturday, November 1, Fordham Law hosted the College Scholars program, a series of seminars that help minority and low-income students launch legal careers. More than 100 college students - some from Maryland and Pennsylvania - attended the daylong event, organized by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO).

The seminars - led by attorneys, law school professors, and law school admissions officers - provided the students with an overview of the law school application process so that they can become competitive law school applicants. Student participants were separated by class (freshmen, sophomores, and juniors) and received specialized information on topics ranging from preparing for the LSATs to completing law school applications.

"Increasing minority enrollment is a critical issue in American legal education," said William Treanor, the dean of Fordham Law School and a member the Association of American Law Schools' Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Teachers. "The slide backward in minority enrollment is a troubling trend, and we are working hard to reverse it."

Fordham Law professors and administrators were among the many volunteers for the event. Professor James Kainen led a mock law class entitled "A Day in the Life of a Law Student" that introduced freshmen to the process of legal reasoning and legal analysis. Shawn McShay, assistant director of admissions, presented a Mock Admissions Committee seminar that allowed juniors to view summaries of law school applications and to learn what admissions professionals say about applicants. Visiting Professors Fabio Arcila, Jr. and Kevin Maillard conducted seminars to assist students with their legal reading and writing skills.

"The CLEO Scholars program represents one of the many ways Fordham Law is working to bolster enrollment of racial and ethnic minorities in our nation's law schools." said Leah Hill, clinical associate professor. "With people of color likely to reach majority status in the United States over the next 35 to 50 years, it is vital that our law schools keep pace with the increasing diversity of America."

Contact: Stephen Eichinger