Touro Law Center Honors Program
The Touro Law Center Honors Program offers special opportunities to those students showing high academic achievement, strong written and oral communication skills, evidence of intellectual curiosity and engagement, and the motivation to participate in a challenging academic experience.
Applications for rising second-year students are due during the spring semester of the first year (date TBD).
To view the 2013-2014 Honors Program brochure, please click here.
The Touro Law Center Honors Program offers approximately twenty to twenty-five exceptional students per class year an enriched comprehensive law school experience. Students in the Honors Program will participate in enhanced academic, experiential, and social opportunities as part of a community of student-scholars.
Both full- and part-time students who have completed their first year at Touro Law Center at the end of the Spring semester are eligible to participate. Students who are selected for the Honors Program at the end of their first year will continue in the Program until their graduation from the Touro Law Center, provided they continue to meet the selection criteria.
This page provides an overview to this exciting program, including information regarding program structure, selection criteria, and the application and admissions process.
During the course of their education at the Touro Law Center, student-scholars will participate in the educational opportunities of (1) an enriched course: the integrated course (FT students) or honors seminar (PT students); and (2) the judicial clerkship externship; American Trial Courts; or another clinical or externship experience (with the approval of the Honors Program Committee). Students facing exceptional circumstances may petition the Committee for a waiver of the requirements to take the enriched course offered within their division.
Student-scholars may take advantage of the academic opportunities described below. Participation in any one component does not forfeit the opportunity to enroll in any of the other curricular options.
- Integrated Course: Honors Trust and Estates with Module
In each academic year, the Honors Program will offer an honors section of a course that integrates two existing upper-level courses. This enriched integrated course provides student-scholars the opportunity to engage with some of the doctrinal and theoretical components of the curriculum in an advanced and accelerated environment. This opportunity may also allow students to fulfill upper-level curricular requirements in fewer credit hours by integrating synergistic subject areas, affording earlier access to advanced upper-level elective courses, seminars and clinics.
Full-time 2013-2014 student scholars are required to take Honors Trust and Estates with Module during the Spring 2014 semester. This unique four-credit course taught by Professor Rena Seplowitz fulfills the upper-level curricular requirements of Trusts and Estates and an intermediate skills course.
- Honors Seminar: Current Legal Issues in Government
For the 2013-2014 academic year, we are excited that Dean Patricia Salkin will be teaching an honors seminar in Current Legal Issues in Government. This enriched three-credit course is scheduled in the Spring 2014 semester during evening division hours, providing part-time student-scholars with a unique educational opportunity to serve as an alternative to the integrated course. Full-time Honors Program students may enroll in this seminar as well, space permitting.
- Judicial Clerkship Externship
Provided that they have met all prerequisites, student-scholars will be given preference for the judicial clerkship externship as early as their fourth full semester at the Touro Law Center or when they become eligible. Participating in the judicial externship clinic will allow student-scholars the opportunity to hone advanced writing, research, and analytical skills, while building a relationship with some of the top minds in the legal community.
- American Trial Courts
In addition, students may satisfy the experiential learning requirement by taking one of three American Trial Courts (ATC) courses. Each ATC course requires students to spend approximately four weeks completing a rotation through each of three practice areas. Students are required to attend court sessions and to actively participate in a three-hour weekly seminar. For a more detailed description of these courses, please see the Course Descriptions document on the Student Resources website.
- Other Externship or Clinic
Students who do not wish to participate in the judicial clerkship externship clinic may apply to a different clinic or receive assistance in finding a suitable externship placement, should the clinics offered at the law school not meet a particular student’s chosen field or area of study.
PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
Each semester, the Honors Program will designate events or activities aimed to bring student-scholars together with one another, faculty, judges, or practicing attorneys.
Student-scholars are required to attend intellectual and social activities, special receptions and networking events throughout the academic year. Students select the events and programs they wish to attend and self-report on their attendance (four events required per semester for FT students; reduced for PT students).
This extracurricular aspect of the Honors Program provides students with many unique opportunities. Student-scholars receive invitations to lunches and dinners with special visitors to the law school, such as scholars-in-residence, the Board of Governors, and distinguished speakers. Student-scholars are invited to attend weekly faculty colloquia. In addition, many student organization sponsored activities also qualify toward fulfilling this events requirement.
APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS
Application Materials and Process
Students who wish to apply for the Honors Program must submit an application packet containing the following materials:
- (a) Cover letter;
- (b) Resume; and
- (c) Completed Honors Program application.
In your cover letter, you may want to bring up points about yourself that the Honors Program Committee would not necessarily learn from reading your resume and transcript. For further tips on what to include in a cover letter, consult the Honors Program Application TWEN page.
Applications are submitted via the Honors Program Application TWEN page.
Applicants may be asked to interview - in person or on the telephone - with members of the Honors Program Committee.
Selection for the Honors Program will be based on the following four criteria:
- (a) Demonstrated academic achievement;
- (b) Strong communication skills, both written and oral;
- (c) Evidence of intellectual curiosity and engagement; and
- (d) Motivation to participate in a challenging and rigorous academic experience.
Admission to the Honors Program
The Honors Program Committee will consider each student application to the Program using the selection criteria listed above.
The Committee may issue conditional invitations to join the Honors Program, subject to confirmation once all spring grades have been received. Rolling admissions will continue throughout the summer until the program has been filled.
For more information, please contact the Honors Program Committee at email@example.com