Thursday, August 27, 2009

Touro Law Welcomes Incoming Class

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center welcomed more than 300 students last week at orientation for the incoming class of 2009. This class is one of the largest in Touro Law history, with approximately 240 full and part-time day, 70 part-time evening, 11 new students in the Master of Laws program for foreign law graduates (LL.M.-FLG), and a dozen students who transferred in from other law schools.

The beginning J.D. students come from over 100 undergraduate institutions and include recent grads, government officials, teachers, law enforcement officers, physicians, nurses, and stockbrokers, among many current and past professions. The new students in the LL.M.-FLG program come from nine nations: 2 each from Russia and Pakistan, and one each from Bangladesh, India, Iran, Liberia, Myanmar, St. Lucia and Uzbekistan. The LLM-FLG program enables attorneys from outside the US to earn a prestigious credential and qualify for the NY bar exam.

“We are glad to see such interest in Touro Law Center,” said Dean Lawrence Raful. “This year we are developing new clinics, working on a new court integration program, and expanding our commitment to public interest legal work, among other new initiatives, while welcoming a bright, enthusiastic class of new law students. It promises to be a great year.”

Orientation is designed to introduce students to the skills and values students will need to succeed in law school and throughout their careers as legal professionals, including sessions on professionalism and justice, helping others, learning styles and time management, using the library, briefing a case, using social media for networking, and more. Students are invited to attend an optional session doing pro bono work in the local community. This year, more than 30 students spent a day doing preservation work at the historic 1888 Heines Homestead, home of the Central Islip Civic Council.

Click here to view video from the Third Annual Touro Law Cares Orientation Community Service Project.

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