Pre-law events are open to all students who are interested in exploring the field of law, considering law school, and/or actively engaged in the law school application process. Unsure which events make sense for you? Contact the Pre-Law Program to learn more.
SJU Spring 2024 LSAT Prep Class
SJU Spring 2024 LSAT Prep Class
In conjunction with 7Sage, SJU Pre-Law is excited to offer a full spring LSAT prep course for all Saint Joseph's students who are planning to take the LSAT in the summer or fall of 2024! The class will meet on Tuesdays at 7pm (please keep this time free when you register for your spring classes).
The course requires a refundable $150 deposit that you will get back if you attend 90% of the class meetings and take at least three pre-tests during the course. This is essentially a free LSAT prep course.
If the $150 presents a financial hardship for you, please let Dr. Patterson know. There are funds set aside to assist in these situations.
Annual Workshops and Programs
Dine with Hawks
Students must be registered with the Pre-Law Program to receive email invitations to upcoming dinners.
Pre-law students regularly engage with our law alumni in a small group setting for dinner. This is an opportunity for students to get to know our alumni and ask questions related to both law school and life as a lawyer.
September 6th, 2023, 5-6pm, Campion Student Center - Sunroom 1
This orientation is offered at the beginning of every semester to welcome students to the Pre-Law Program. The Pre-Law Program is a great resource for those who are curious about the field of law, interested in attending law school, or exploring law as a potential career path. The orientation provides an overview of the program and outlines the next steps in your exploration.
LEAD Semester Kick-Off Event
September 13th, 2023 5-7pm Center for Inclusion and Diversity
Offered in the fall and spring semesters
The LEAD (Law Exploration and Advancing Diversity) Program is designed to support students of color who are exploring law as a potential career path or who are interested in applying to law school. This pipeline program is designed to help students build relationships and skills as they navigate the process. Each semester, we host an informal kick-off event for LEAD students. This is a great opportunity for students to meet the pre-law team and their peers, and to learn about the benefits of the LEAD Program.
Constitution Day: Does the Second Amendment Apply to Domestic Violence?
September 19th, 2023 12:30-1:30pm
Interactive discussion with Dr. Susan Liebell (Department of Political Science) about the case of a man who beat a woman, threatened to shoot her, and the Supreme Court will determine if he has the Second Amendment right to keep his guns. Short presentation, Q&A on all things Second Amendment
Law School Personal Statement Clinic
September 27th, 2023 5-6pm Merion Hall 172
Are you applying to law school? Want to end your evening with a draft? Dr. Paul Patterson walks you through what law schools expect - and how to communicate what you contribute. This workshop is offered every semester and is recommended for students who are beginning their application process.
Special Events and Lectures
Spring 2024 Events
Christian Supremacy: Reckoning with the Roots of Antisemitism and Racism
February 21, 2024 5-6:30pm, Mandeville Hall Teletorium
Christian theology of late antiquity cast Jews as "children born to slavery" Their supposed theological inferiority was inscribed into law, creating structures of Christian domination and superiority. In the age of colonialism, a distinct brand of European Christian supremacy was expressed in the legally sanctioned enslavement and exploitation of people of color, later taking the form of white Christian supremacy in the New World. Magda Teter's new book, Christian Supremacy, is a profound reckoning with history that traces the roots of the modern rejection of Jewish and Black equality.
Magda Teter, Ph.D., is a professor of history and holds the Shvidler Chair of Judaic Studies at Fordham University.
Georgetown University, Public Policy Program
September 27th, 2023 3-4pm Merion Hall 315
Trish Makovsky from Georgetown University will be coming to campus to discuss the graduate programs at the McCourt School of Public Policy. Please use Georgetown's Registration Link to register for the event.
C.R.O.W.N Act Discussion Panel
October 5th, 2023 6-8pm Mandeville Hall Teletorium
Do you have the right t o wear your hair as your wish? Can you be asked to cut, straighten, or hide it? How have civil rights been expanded to think about hair as an extension of self?
Using Law to Fight Racial Violence: What the Clare Gerald Fenerty Papers Tell Us About George Floyd, Emmett Till, and Thomas Maddox
October 10th, 2023 2-3:15pm Post Learning Commons Second Floor
Lesley Carey (University Archives) and Dr. Susan Liebell (Political Science) tell the story of Thomas Maddox - a teenager who escaped being lynched. A story of female bravery, creative lawyering, and an unlikely ally...a white judge and alumnus of Saint Joseph's. Refreshments will be provided.
The Nardi Symposium on Law and Justice: The Power of Law and Resistance: How an SJU Alumnus Helped Prevent a Lynching
October 18th, 2023, Reception at 6pm, Talk at 7pm Maguire Museum
Gerald B. Sullivan, Assistant U.S. Attorney General will be speaking on the Maddox Case.
Pardon Me Screening and Discussion
Thursday, November 9th, 6:30pm, Forum Theater
Through showcasing the stories of two people that have suffered under the weight of their criminal record, this film explains a pardon, the process it takes to be granted one in Pennsylvania, and how the states can immediately repair the devastation caused to thousands of families and neighborhoods as a result of criminal arrests and the collateral consequences that hold them back as a result. Following the screening, join us for a conversation and Q&A with the film's Producer and Director Shuja Moore, the featured central figures Evan Figueroa-Vargas, Antoinette Griffin, and Keir Bradford-Grey, JD.
Redeeming Justice: Human Rights and Life Without Parole
Tuesday, November 14th, 6pm, Forum Theater
Pennsylvania is a world leader for sentencing people to life without parole, or death by incarceration. In this "Redeeming Justice" panel, Terrell Woolfolk, Kempis Songster, and Rachel Lopez combine lived experience with legal scholarship to explore life without parole through a human rights framework. Sponsored by the Law Alumni Society, the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, and Justice and Ethics in Law.
LSAC Digital Law School Forum
Tuesday, November 14th. 5-8pm
Join us at the free LSAC Law School Forums for the opportunity to talk personally with representatives from 100+ ABA-accredited and Canadian law schools. The forums give you the chance to connect directly with law school representatives from across North America, learn about financial aid and the law school admission process, and get answers to your questions about law school and how to get there.
No Way Home Screening
Tuesday, November 28th, 6-7:30pm, Mandeville Teletorium
No Way Home traces the story of Lorraine Haw, known as Mrs. Dee Dee, as she grapples with the trauma of living on both sides of the epidemic of gun violence in Philadelphia. Earlier in her life, Mrs. Dee Dee's younger brother was shot to death in his apartment complex after an argument over a gold necklace turned fatal. Years later, still reeling from the tragic death of her brother, she was devastated to see her son sentenced to mandatory life without parole in prison. A leader in the movement to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania, Mrs. Dee Dee' story reflects the experience of thousands of people in Pennsylvania who simultaneously sit on both sides of the gun violence epidemic: having lost loved ones to gun violence and also having lost loved ones to the carceral system.
Temple Law School Information Session
Wednesday, November 29th, 12-2pm
Please join us for a Prospective Student Information Session. Information Sessions include a presentation about Temple Law School and the application process, a Q&A session, and at our of the Law School's facilities. Online information sessions are also offered at different dates and times. Registration is required.
This year there will be twenty-five (25) $400 SJU Law Alumni Endowment LSAT Prep Awards for students and alumni who are preparing to take the LSAT in 2024. Students who complete the no-cost Khan Academy course may use this award to offset the cost of supplemental tutoring sessions. The $400 will be sent to the awardee after the course is completed. If you have financial need that may require receiving your award earlier OR you need additional assistance, please contact Dr. Paul Patterson (email@example.com) to discuss your situation.
Register for your SJU Connects account and schedule career conversations with alumni working in the law and/or in related fields of interest.
Pre-recorded webinars from Villanova Law. A series of live special topic presetation and Q&As with law professors and students. Each was moderated by the Office of Admission provising insight on a number of topics related to the academic offerings and the Villanove Law experience. You can check out all of the webinars here!
Related Events and Resources
The Joseph William and Madeline Eberle Klein Series supports educational events directed toward greater inclusion in the Roman Catholic Church for those groups of persons currently disaffected from it.
The Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Center for Business Ethics provides events and programs for students to engage in careful, sustained and critical reflection on ethical issues and to use that reflection in their business decision-making.