Fellows learn the legal skills necessary for this exciting practice area through one-on-one mentorship and early admission to our Business Law Honors Concentration.
Hofstra Law chooses up to four Business Law Honors Fellows each year from students admitted to the entering J.D. class. Fellows are chosen based on demonstrated academic ability, leadership and interest in pursuing a career in business law.
Fellows are paired with a faculty advisor, who mentors the fellows and helps them with course selection, employment strategizing, writing supervision and more. Fellows and faculty advisors also work together on research and writing projects from the first day of law school. The unique one-on-one relationship with a faculty member helps fellows chart a course through law school, make important alumni connections and move into the exciting world of business law prepared to add value to practice on day one.
In order to maintain all of the benefits of the fellowship, fellows are required to fully participate in program activities and meet all academic requirements of the fellowship and the JD degree.
“We need to prepare our students to be practice-ready for today’s business world, and our Business Law Honors Concentration does just that for our top students. It allows students with an interest in business law to hone in on the critical role that business lawyers play in our global world and to start to develop the skill set they will need to guide their clients successfully through the increasingly complex legal issues that arise in the corporate arena.” — Miriam R. Albert, Professor of Skills and Faculty Advisor for the Joint Programs
Fellows are selected on the basis of academic ability, leadership potential and interest in pursuing a career in business law. Finalists may be invited to the Maurice A. Deane School of Law to interview with the fellowship Selection Committee, consisting of Hofstra Law faculty, administrators and alumni, and business law practitioners. The academic achievement and aptitude of each applicant is considered carefully by the Selection Committee, and an affirmative attempt is made to ensure the diversity of each entering class of fellows.
The Selection Committee cannot consider a fellowship application until the applicant has been accepted to Hofstra Law. Therefore, it is important that applicants complete their J.D. application early.
A completed fellowship application must include:
- A resume
- Two letters of recommendation
- A personal statement describing the applicant’s experience and interest in studying and working in the field of business law