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 Courtroom Advocates Project (CAP) trains and mentors law school students, summer associates, and law firm associates not yet admitted to the bar to advocate for domestic violence victims when they first enter family court seeking orders of protection. Working in court, CAP participants educate victims about the remedies available, assist them with safety planning, help them draft petitions and advocate on their behalf before judges.
The Dispute Resolution Society is a student organization committed to promoting interest in alternative dispute resolution and giving students opportunities to explore possibilities in the field. Through programs and networking events with other students, faculty, alumni and practitioners, DRS helps students understand the tremendous value of ADR as an effective and efficient alternative to traditional litigation.
The Children’s Rights Institute (CRI) is dedicated to raising awareness about human rights abuses against children and exploring legal actions against state and non-state party violators. CRI’s mission is to raise awareness about and legally combat violations of children’s basic human rights as occurring throughout the globe.
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.
Family Court Review (FCR) is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal published under the auspices of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). FCR is an international, interdisciplinary family law journal — a forum for the exchange of ideas, programs, research, legislation, case law and reforms. Its fundamental premise is that productive discussion of family law is facilitated by a dialogue between the judiciary, lawyer, mediator, mental health and social services communities. AFCC is an interdisciplinary, international association of judges, counselors, evaluators, mediators, attorneys and others concerned with the constructive resolution of family conflict.
At the end of each year, students are selected as members of the editorial staff of FCR through a writing competition conducted in cooperation with the Hofstra Law journals. Special consideration is given to students who are seriously interested in family law and family dispute resolution.