Active involvement with student organizations and journals at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University is critical to your development as a well-rounded professional.
Student organizations offer opportunities to hone and demonstrate many skills that are highly desired by employers, including leadership, team building, communication and creative problem-solving. Student organizations that are practice-area-focused also present you with opportunities to learn more about these different areas of practice.
Membership on one of Hofstra Law’s journals provides the opportunity to develop, among many other things, your research, writing and critical-thinking skills.
Participation in a student organization or on a journal also offers extensive networking opportunities with Hofstra Law alumni and other legal professionals.
The Criminal Law Society (CLS) is a student organization that seeks to give its members opportunities to explore the different interest areas and unique issues in the field of Criminal Law. CLS promotes awareness of the processes in the practice of criminal law from both the prosecution and defense perspectives by connecting students with faculty, alumni and practitioners from the field.
The Public Justice Foundation (PJF) is Hofstra Law’s public interest law student organization. The objectives of foundation are twofold: first, to raise awareness about public-sector law practice by facilitating student employment in the area and, second, to expose the Hofstra Law community to important legal issues through debate and discussion. Throughout the school year PJF holds various fundraisers to raise money for summer fellowships for Hofstra Law students. These fellowships enable recipients to take nonpaying jobs in the public sector that they otherwise would be unable to accept due to financial constraints. Additionally, PJF has sponsored debates on prisoners’ rights, the policy and constitutionality of “hate crimes” legislation, the Clarence Thomas nomination and “Clintonomics.”
Fellowship recipients have worked at some of the following places: Nassau/Suffolk Law Services, District Attorney’s Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, New York State Division of Human Rights, New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, South Brooklyn Legal Services, New York Legal Assistance Group, Legal Assistance Corp. of Massachusetts (Family and Child Department), Domestic Violence Coalition, Public Defenders Office and many, many more.
The Hofstra Law Review is a student-run scholarly journal of general scope published quarterly and is recognized as a leading journal in the legal community. Law Review members are responsible for soliciting articles from legal scholars, considering unsolicited manuscripts for publication, editing published works and maintaining the reputation of the Hofstra Law Review for timely publication of articles that expand the frontiers of legal scholarship. New members are selected on the basis of grades and performance in the writing competition conducted at the end of the academic year.