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Annual Law School Fair in Buffalo September 28th!


The annual Western New York Law School Fair will be held on Monday, September 28th from 1-3 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott Hotel (across the street from UB’s North Campus).  This year we have over 70 ABA Approved Law Schools from coast to coast registered to attend (CLICK HERE TO SEE A LIST OF REGISTERED LAW SCHOOLS). If you have any questions, please contact Wayne Porterfield, UB Career Services 716-645-2231 or

Posted September 3, 2015 in Announcements


Engineering Intellectual Property Law Class


EAS 459 – Intellectual Property Laws.

From the School of Engineering:

We have a new course that we are offering through Engineering this Fall! Although the focus toward the end may be biotechnology related inventions, this course could be of interest especially to students in the sciences, and others who may simply be interested in Intellectual Property Law, which encompasses thinks like copyright, trademarks, patents, etc. We are keeping a few seats open for non-engineering students.

EAS 459 – Intellectual Property Laws: An Introduction for Scientists and Engineers

Tuesday/Thursday, 5:00-6:20 PM  248 Cooke Hall

The goal of this course is to introduce engineering students to the basics of intellectual property law, practice, and policy.  The course will provide an overview of the different types of intellectual property, and the relevant legal frameworks, both in the U.S. and internationally.  The emphasis throughout the course will be on intellectual property-related considerations that arise for organizations (large and small businesses, as well as universities) and their employees.  Because computers and internet-based technologies constitute such important sites for intellectual property protection and contestation in today’s business world, we will focus on these technologies in class discussions and assignments.  We will also focus on special considerations arising with biotechnology-related inventions.


Posted August 25, 2015 in Announcements, Classes


Employment Rates from Class of 2014 Up, but with caveats

Interesting article from the Wall Street Journal in regards to employment numbers citing National Association for Law Placement’s statistics recently released about the 2014 graduating law class.  However, as NALP and the WSJ mention, those numbers come with some significant caveats. It’s worth reading NALP’s report as well as they explain the numbers in a lucid, easy-to-follow way.

Posted August 24, 2015 in Announcements


Prelaw Internship Class Offered in Fall

Professor Olga Posse is providing a 3-credit course through MFC that features unpaid internship experience for undergraduate students. It involves 5 hours per week at the internship site plus online coursework.  The internships have been secured through the Buffalo City Court, the Attorney General’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the Federal Public Defender’s Office, and two private law firms.

This internship experience could prove very valuable to students with an interest in entering the legal profession!

She has reserved room 112 O’Brian Hall on Saturday, August 15th from 9 am to 12 pm and on Tuesday, August 18th from 7 to 10 pm.  Any student who is interested in an internship MUST attend one of these two meetings with a copy of their resume and unofficial transcript. She plans to review the applicants and select the most qualified because of the limited number of internship slots available.

Interested students should RSVP to to let her know they are planning to attend either of the above-mentioned dates and to pose any questions they may have.  The course can be taken for credit or non-credit.

If you have any questions about the class, you can contact her at 716-829-2904.

Posted August 12, 2015 in Announcements


Law Journal Issue Devoted Entirely to “Breaking Bad” TV show


AMC’s “Breaking Bad”

Even if you’re not interested in going to law school, this special submission of New Mexico’s Law School Journal on legal topics of the AMC hit TV show “Breaking Bad” is fascinating. (Link to journal).

The titles alone should be enough to suck you in, such as this one:  “Stuck Between A Rock and a Meth Cooking Husband: What Breaking Bad’s Skyler White teaches us about how the war on drugs and public antipathy constrain women of circumstance’s choices”. (Link to article)

Wall Street Law Blog gives a great summary of the journal’s contents.

Makes me want to watch the show again.

Posted July 1, 2015 in News and Events, Opinions, Reading Materials


Law School Resources to Bookmark (or follow on Twitter) Part 1: Wall Street Journal Law Blog



Today I wanted to mention the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, which is a fantastic resource for Prelaw students wanting to learn more about the legal profession; big cases, professional trends, varying facets of law and judicial politics. It’s one of those resources to check out regularly to remain abreast of legal topics.

Don’t forget they have subsections,that have a direct URL, such as the Law School Blog.

Posted June 30, 2015 in Announcements, Articles, Fields of Law, Law Schools


Making use of LSAT Practice Tests

This article has some good suggestions on how to best approach going through LSAT practice tests – after all, taking practice tests is perhaps at the very “core” of the studying strategy around the LSAT, considering how important it is to become well acquainted with the types of questions asked, how much time you have, strategies to employ, and general “feel” of the exam. Link to article.

Posted June 10, 2015 in Uncategorized


2015 Albany Law School Fellowship for SUNY Students

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Albany Law School is offering a $17,000 annual tuition discount for a total of $51,000 or more for this upcoming Fall 2015 admission to SUNY graduates. For additional information, you can visit their website or contact their admissions office.

Posted April 30, 2015 in Announcements


Upcoming Prelaw Webinars

From the Michigan State University College of Law, who are providing some interesting upcoming Webinars and a recording of a previous one as well.  If interested, I’d encourage you to register for these upcoming ones.

Exploring and Planning for Law School:  Expert Advice for First- and Second-Year College Students  

I’m pleased to share with you a recording and slides of last Wednesday’s webinar featuring insights from three highly experienced pre-law advisors.  I invite you to share this recording with your advisees who are exploring or planning for law school.

 Webinar Presenters:   Kevin Freeman, Pre-Law Advisor and Program Manager for the Politics, Society and Law Scholars Program at The Ohio State University; Allyson Lowe is Pre-Law Advisor and Interim Dean of the College of Leadership and Social Change at Carlow University; and, Karen Severn is Coordinator of Prelaw and PrePharmacy Advising at Texas A & M University.


Upcoming Webinars for Pre-Law Students

Your advisees are welcome to join us for upcoming webinars:

Legal Education and the Future of Law: Views from the Dean’s Office

Co-Hosted by the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (NAPLA) |February 4, 2015  

View the Recording»     View the Slides»

This webinar featured insights from deans at four law schools — UCLA, George Washington, Brooklyn, and Michigan State, with comments about the changes that have occurred in the profession and how law schools have and are responding.

Posted April 13, 2015 in Announcements


Internship Opportunity Fall 2015

The SBI Undergraduate Legal Research Program seeks to provide competitively-selected undergraduates with an introduction to legal research, analysis, and writing. The class is organized as a quasi-independent study; the instructional sessions are designed to introduce the research tools and legal analysis skills necessary to choose a topic and produce a research paper and informational pamphlet for distribution at the SBI Legal Assistance Office. For their participation in the program, students earn three (3) elective credits through the UB Millard Fillmore College (MFC 499).

This program provides student researchers with:
 Instruction in case analysis and briefing;
 Instruction in legal writing strategies and styles;
 Instruction in legal research methods available to undergraduates;
 Doctrinal instruction from a law school professor and a legal research specialist;
 Provision of a law student mentor for research guidance and assistance;
 Structured and feedback-intensive development of a research topic and paper;
 Observation of a law school class; and,
 A presentation from a law school admissions officer to discuss the law school application process and requirements.

This program will develop the students’ skills in research and writing while allowing for close coordination with law students and legal professionals. Candidates for this program should have some experience with academic research, though no specific job history or academic major is required for consideration. All majors are welcomed, and can choose a topic pertinent to both the study of law and their academic major. A syllabus will be handed-out providing deadlines and rubric for all assignments after a final selection of all students has been made.

All applicants must be currently registered undergraduate students at UB
in their sophomore, junior, or senior year.

Send the following in a single e-mail to with the Subject Line “Researcher Application”:
1.) Letter of Interest; 2.) Resume; 3.) Academic Writing Sample; and, 4.) Unofficial College Transcript.
All application materials must be received via e-mail to
by Friday 17th April 2015 at 5:00pm.

Michael Charles Cimasi, Esq.
Director, SBI Legal Assistance
315 Student Union
SUNY at Buffalo – North Campus Buffalo, New York 14260
Phone: 716-645-3056 Fax: 716-645-2098

Posted April 10, 2015 in Announcements