Touro College (Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center)
Touro offers an accomplished faculty whose members are also highly accessible... a supportive yet challenging environment... a convenient suburban location, close to the cultural and professional advantages of New York City. Innovative programs that emphasize real-world practice techniques... small classes... flexible full-time day, part-time day, and part-time evening schedules... extensive outside-the-classroom assistance... all marked by a commitment to meeting each student's individual needs.
Touro has been ranked near the top in recent surveys of student satisfaction, faculty teaching, and alumni participation. Touro is small enough to assure that each student gets personal attention, but large enough to offer areas of specialization, from a broad selection of elective courses and clinical programs. Touro is mature enough to provide a solid traditional legal education, but young enough to react to emerging trends and to develop new programs that prepare students for modern law practice.
From its wide-ranging academic offerings and diverse professional opportunities to the amenities of a suburban location, complete with on-campus housing, easy access to public transportation, and ample free parking, Touro is truly more than the sum of its individual parts.
Law school is tough. Your professors will challenge you to work harder and smarter than you ever have before. You will redefine how you reason, write, and speak. You will learn new ways of analyzing and solving problems. But at Touro, all of this is accomplished without the excessive stress and anxiety so common in many law schools.
You are not on your own. Touro faculty members have day and evening office hours and observe an open door policy. Every entering student is assigned a faculty advisor, matched by common background or interest area, for discussions on any aspect of the law school experience: study strategy, course selection, career goals, personal problems, whatever comes to mind. Peer support is also available: outstanding upper-level students work as Teaching Assistants, attending first-year substantive courses and presenting weekly sessions focusing on the application of material covered in class.
Touro is a leader in bridging the gap between law school and law practice, between the classroom and the courtroom. After completing their first-year required courses, students can begin selecting from an extraordinary menu of offerings designed to equip them with the skills necessary to excel in practice.
Clinics: Touro offers five in-house clinics, where clients bring real cases to on-campus offices: Civil Rights Litigation, Elder Law, Family Law, International Human Rights Immigration Litigation, and Not-For-Profit Corporation Law, with the last two set up to accommodate the scheduling needs of part-time evening students. There are four field placement clinics, in which students work off-campus: Business, Law & Technology Clinic (internet and high-tech companies, corporate law departments, and law firms), Civil Practice (law firms, corporations, and private and public agencies), Criminal Law (District Attorneys’ and Legal Aid/Public Defenders’ offices), and Judicial Clerkship (state and federal judges’ chambers).
Clinics are an integral part of the educational process at Touro. Available to students beginning in their second (full-time) and third (part-time) years, clinics provide an opportunity to represent actual clients with real legal problems and to work with experienced attorney-mentors. Under the close supervision of faculty, students in the in-house clinics (where clients visit on-campus offices) advise clients and appear on their behalf in court or at administrative hearings. In addition to valuable first-hand experience, clinics help students hone essential professional skills such as interviewing, drafting legal documents, and investigating and developing evidence. The placement clinics (in which students work at nearby private law offices, in corporate law departments, in government agencies, or in judges' chambers) afford the opportunity to learn about law practice under the watchful guidance of veteran practitioners, who are committed to sharing their knowledge and skill. Touro offers five in-house clinics and three field placement clinics, as well as two practice rotations (mirroring the medical school model, with students working intensively in specialized practice groups in premier legal settings).
Practice Modules: Students taking certain basic courses (Business Organizations, Family Law, and Trusts & Estates) can participate in contemporaneous Practice Modules, working on simulated cases, using the rules they have learned in the classroom component to solve practical problems. For example, students might help investors select an appropriate business entity, draw up a separation agreement, or draft a will that satisfies complex personal and financial interests.
Rotations: In this innovative program based on the medical-school model, students work intensively in specialized practice groups, alongside lawyers from the U.S. Attorney’s Office or from Nassau/Suffolk Law Services (a regional legal services agency), supported by a weekly seminar taught by a full-time faculty member.
Externships: The Law Center provides an unlimited selection of externship placements in private law firms, corporate law departments, government agencies, the courts, and public interest organizations.
Public Service Projects: Students may earn academic credit by performing legal work on-campus in Touro’s Domestic Violence, Housing Rights, and Social Justice Projects.
The faculty, the students, and the educational program each contribute to the vitality of a Touro education. The faculty’s expertise covers subjects from antitrust to zoning and represents knowledge gleaned from every corner of the world. The student community reflects the growing internationalization of the law, with individuals from a broad range of age, culture, and experience. And the Law Center’s curriculum, supplemented by a program of enrichment, makes Touro a community alive with ideas.
The Touro community—and the larger community of Long Island, New York—offer students a truly unique setting for learning and living. Touro’s Huntington campus is in the center of one of the most dynamic and vital regions of the country, one that offers unparalleled richness in resources, activities, and professional opportunities.
Huntington and neighboring communities boast a wide variety of affordable housing options, ranging from apartments and condominiums to single-family homes. In addition to seeking housing on their own, students may use the Office of Admissions’ Housing Information Network, which provides current listings of available houses and apartments, as well as information regarding car pools and shared living arrangements.
The Law Center’s core community of students, full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and administrators creates the basic context for the Touro experience—an experience that is unique in legal education because of the shared commitment to cooperative learning and professional excellence.
And the benefits of that approach are evident. Touro graduates have already achieved distinction in virtually every field of law and in a wide range of business, government, and public service positions. Several are general counsel of Fortune 500 companies; others are partners and senior associates in major firms in New York, Washington, and beyond. A Touro graduate is a Deputy Assistant to the President and a member of the senior White House staff. A large number have attained elective office at the state, county, and local levels. Still others are sitting judges, top-ranking public officials, educators, and senior managers in government and in private business. Touro alumni also serve in a wide range of public interest positions, in legal aid and public defender offices, labor unions, and various victims’ advocacy support groups.
Touro’s faculty are the professionals who enliven the curriculum and add dimension to the study and exploration of law. Each professor brings a wealth of talent and experience to the classroom, as well as a genuine passion for teaching.
Touro’s 35 full-time faculty members are actively engaged in research, making noteworthy contributions to legal scholarship and law reform. Many have advanced degrees in other disciplines, including medicine, philosophy, business, and finance. Almost all have extensive practice backgrounds, joining us from the bench, major law firms, government agencies, public interest and advocacy groups. Many are also nationally and internationally recognized experts in such fields as civil rights, international human rights, education law, products liability, and computer law.
Representing a unique mix of talents and achievements, the faculty shares one common characteristic: accessibility to the students they teach. In this open, cooperative atmosphere, both students and faculty reap the benefits of a dynamic and enriching educational experience.
Touro's adjunct faculty of more than 50 includes distinguished judges, senior partners of major law firms, veteran public officials, and attorneys expert in cutting-edge practice areas—all of whom bring an exceptional degree of real-world knowledge to the Law Center's programs.
Touro places a strong emphasis on collaborative learning. Like the full-time faculty, adjunct professors are highly accessible to and closely involved with the students they teach, taking an active role in the learning process, through clinics, externships, and other programs.
The diversity of Touro's student population offers unparalleled richness. The approximately 650 students represent over 200 colleges and universities. Approximately 50 percent are women, and more than 25 percent are people of color. While the majority of students enter within six years of completing their undergraduate studies, a growing number have spent considerable time working in various fields. For some, law school represents the first step towards changing careers; for others, it is a way to bring new depth and dimension to an existing specialty.
Over 30 student organizations are currently active on campus. Dedicated to a wide range of social, political, professional, and advocacy activities, these organizations provide unlimited opportunities to establish new friendships, to share interests and views, and to explore new pursuits.
Although Touro offers a wide choice of outside-the-classroom programs, some students have particular interests or distinctive needs that are best accommodated by custom-designed educational experiences. The Law Center's externship program allows students to work in specific fields of law, gain exposure to highly technical or unusual legal skills, practice in specialized courts, or perform legal work that calls upon unique talents or knowledge. These individualized externships are supervised by a faculty member with expertise in the appropriate field and involve close interaction between student and faculty mentor.
Because it is important that each student has the requisite knowledge to succeed in the externship, every student participating in the program must simultaneously enroll in a course in a relevant area of substantive law. For example, a student, in an externship with a state or federal agency that enforces anti-discrimination laws might enroll in a course in Employment Discrimination Law; a student in an externship with a firm specializing in estate and tax planning might enroll in the Estate and Gift Taxation course. The student and faculty member develop a plan for learning so that each component—classroom and placement—contributes to the student's goals.
Students are expected to bring experience from the placement into the classroom and to share knowledge and insights with classmates. In addition to maintaining a journal and contributing to class discussion, students may be required to make more formal presentations on, say, important policy, legal, or ethical issues raised by the work.
The primary purpose of all externships is to create a "real world" engagement by encouraging students to think critically about the role of law in society, professional ethics and norms, and the demands and stresses of law practice. They offer the opportunity to compare the operation of law and the pursuit of justice as learned in law school against the often pressured, uncertain, imperfect reality of the settings in which the real human drama of law and rights are enacted.
Touro offers the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree full time in the day, part time in the day (10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Friday), and part time in the evening (6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday-Thursday). In addition to a diverse classroom curriculum, students may select from a comprehensive practice-oriented program of Clinics, Rotations, Practice Modules, Public Service Projects and Externships .
As part of the dual degree programs, the J.D. may be combined with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) in Health Care, or a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.), allowing students to complete the two degrees with significant time and cost savings.
The Law Center also offers a 24-credit Master of Laws (LL.M.), full time or part time, and a 27-credit LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies (for foreign law graduates), full time or part time.
Law school is among one of the most exciting pursuits. It is filled with on-going challenges, as well as endless opportunities for professional and personal growth. In order to assist students with enhancing their marketability and professional development, the Career Planning and Counseling Office offers various services and resources for students to gain practical, hands-on experience.
Upon visiting the CPO, or its web page, students will find part-time, full-time, and summer job postings, opportunities to work for federal, state or local governmental agencies, internships with state and local, or federal judges, and opportunities to work within the legal department of corporations and public interest organizations. The CPO also conducts a fall on-campus interview program, where employers are invited to the Law Center to interview students for summer or permanent employment. In addition, the CPO maintains excellent resources regarding special career-related events, fellowships, job fairs and other job related information.
The pursuit of a law degree and entrance into the legal profession is truly exciting. We look forward to assisting you with your professional development.
The Career Planning and Counseling Office is structured to help students find legal employment of all types, including part-time, temporary, summer, and full-time. Professional staff members maintain strong ties with members of the bench and bar, while continually cultivating relationships with current and potential employers. Through these ties, counselors assist students in making a successful transition into professional practice.
* One-on-one Counseling
* Resume Writing with Samples
* Writing Cover Letters & Thank You Letters with
* Interview Techniques & Mock Interviews Programs
* Job Postings
* Hardbound and Virtual Library
* Web Links
* Career Advice Handouts
School name:Touro CollegeJacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Address:300 Nassau Road
Zip & city:NY 11743 New York
Address:300 Nassau Road
Zip & city:NY 11743 New York
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