An amazing program that connects the service mission of our College to careers in law.
Siena’s Pre-Law Program is a one-of-a-kind undergraduate opportunity for students. For more than 10 years, Siena’s eight-week Summer Legal Fellows program has paired a select group of rising seniors with professors and students at law schools around the northeastern United States.
The Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence leads discussions; encourages students to look at broader aspects of law and its role in our society; piques student interest in a legal career; advises, critiques, mentors and counsels; and conducts workshops.
The Pre-Law Pathway to Scholars program selects two students from diverse backgrounds for an annual scholarship. This selection is based on their ability to excel in the study of law, exhibit the qualities of involved leadership among their peers and their interest in advancing justice and peace among all people. A cumulative GPA of 3.30 must be maintained while at Siena.
- Certificate in Pre-Law
- Summer Legal Fellows sends 14 students to seven law schools each summer
- 85% of Siena students who applied for law school in 2011 were accepted
- Moot Court Team has qualified for Nationals three of last four years
Summer Legal Fellows participating law schools:
- Albany Law School
- American University Washington College of Law
- Fordham Law School
- Northeastern University School of Law
- Pace University School of Law
- Touro Law School
- Western New England University School of Law
Voices of Our Campaign
B.S. in Political Science – Pre-Law Certificate,
Matriculated to Albany Law School
Christine Armstrong knows firsthand the benefits of the Pre-Law program. A graduate with the Class of 2013, Christine has received a scholarship to attend Albany Law School with plans to become an attorney. “Because of the uniqueness of our program, our students are at an advantage to excel when they leave Siena,” said Armstrong.
Professor of Political Science
For Len Cutler, who has taught at Siena for 43 years, it’s most gratifying to see students become his peers. “Unquestionably, the greatest moment for me is when our students communicate with me as alumni and they tell me how Siena has made a difference in their lives. That’s truly rewarding,”
Providing life-changing experiences for student is exactly what George Maloney ’54 and his wife Sally envisioned when they contributed $1 million to Siena’s Summer Legal Fellows Program. “We feel good that we’re able to help somebody better themselves. That’s what we’re happy about. We felt any dollar given to Siena, the dollar would be invested wisely and bottom line was it would go to helping students like myself who received help from Siena.”