For Immediate Release:  May 17, 2012
2012, 05, 17

Hofstra Law and Hofstra University Continuing Education Plan Pre-Collegiate Law Institute

Hofstra Law and Hofstra University Continuing Education Plan Pre-Collegiate Law Institute

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Kristen McMahon
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Hofstra Law
Phone: 516.463.4252

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hofstra University Continuing Education and the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University will offer a Pre-Collegiate Law Institute this summer from Monday to Friday, August 6-10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This five-day institute will expose students ages 13-17 to many aspects of law and criminal justice through workshops, guest speakers and field trips. The program, which will have an emphasis on trial advocacy, will culminate on Friday with a criminal mock trial presided over by the Honorable Edward G. McCabe, a retired Nassau County Supreme Court justice and director of the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program at Hofstra University Continuing Education.

The Law Institute’s trial advocacy curriculum will be created and supervised by Hofstra Law Professor Barbara Barron, and several law students will serve as mentors and instructors. Participants will attend classes that will focus on an overview of the law, criminal justice and trial preparation, and they will also visit the Nassau County Supreme Court complex in Mineola. The course will include guest lectures by representatives from the Nassau County Police Department, Nassau County District Attorney’s Office and the Legal Aid Society.

“This law institute will provide enrichment opportunities for high school students who may have a budding interest in law, criminal justice or forensic science,” said Barron. “It is also a chance for law students to serve as mentors and help young people become excited about careers in the law. This program is an exciting continuation of our involvement in the development of new and interesting ways to bring the law alive to every school-age child, adolescent and young adult.”

The Pre-Collegiate Law Institute is one of three programs through which Hofstra Law students teach trial advocacy to younger students. In the Mock Trial Enrichment Program, law students visit community elementary and middle schools to teach legal method and advocacy skills. In the Summer Scholars Academy, run under the auspices of the Hofstra University School of Education, Health and Human Services, Hofstra Law students teach a month-long course in trial advocacy to local middle and high school students. 

The cost of the Law Institute is $649 for registration before June 1 or $749 for registration after June 1. Lunch is included. For more information, call 516-463-7800 or visit

About Hofstra University Continuing Education

Hofstra University Continuing Education offers a broad range of workshops, seminars, conferences, lectures, events and courses in business, technology, adult education and community learning. Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution of higher education where more than 12,000 full- and part-time students choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, communication, education, health and human services, honors studies, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

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The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University is located 40 minutes from New York City in suburban Long Island. Hofstra Law is home to nearly 850 students, an alumni base of more than 10,600 members and a distinguished faculty of more than 50 professors, including many scholars recognized as national and international experts in their field. The law school is part of Hofstra University and is fully accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.

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