For decades, Hofstra Law has been a leader in the field of legal ethics. Starting with the pioneering work of Professors Monroe Freedman and Roy Simon, the Law School has distinguished itself for ethics programming and teaching.
Because lawyers must understand and deal with ethics issues every day, we have always sought to provide students a solid foundation in legal ethics. Such a foundation is important for all lawyers, but is now essential for the increasing number of lawyers who specialize in the field of legal ethics.
To build on that experience and to assist a small number of students develop as ethical leaders, have established an Ethics Fellowship Program.
Students selected as Ethics Fellows work closely with the ethics faculty. Starting in the fellow’s first semester, a professor with expertise in legal ethics meets individually with them. In addition to informal mentoring, fellows are included in ethics programs, such as faculty and lawyer presentations on ethics.
Fellows also participate as student members of the Theodore Roosevelt Inn of Court Program. In working with the Inn chapter, they have the opportunity to attend monthly programs with lawyers and judges and participate in a pupilage group, working closely with judges and lawyers on a presentation.
Fellows serve as student advisory members of the Center for the Study of Legal Ethics, representing student interests when programs and projects are being planned and executed.
After their first year, fellows have the opportunity to work in a field placement, where they obtain experience in handling legal ethics matters. Placements can be with lawyers who handle legal malpractice and disciplinary matters, as well as with disciplinary counsel who handle professional discipline cases against attorneys.
These field placements expose fellows to legal ethics as a specialized area of practice. Regardless of the field that a graduate pursues, these field experiences better prepare fellows to handle legal ethics concerns that arise once they are in practice.
In addition to the fieldwork, fellows may elect to work on the New York Legal Ethics Reporter, a new publication. Before graduation, fellows work on a legal ethics independent study paper or project, under the close supervision of faculty members. Fellows receive credit for the independent study project and assistance in submitting the work for publication.