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Pre-law at Queens College is committed to providing Queens College students, both past and present with the information, resources, and support that they need to effectively and efficiently prepare for, apply to, and successfully complete law school.



Feculty Advirors for Pre-Law students:

Professor Carl Bonomo is committed to helping students successfully engage the process involved in pursuing a career in law. The process includes helping students determine if a career in law is right for them, how best to position themselves so law schools will view them in the best possible light, how to successfully manage the application process, and how best to prepare oneself for the many demands they will face in law school.
qcprelaw@gmail.com

Sari Kisilevsky is an associate professor of philosophy at Queens College CUNY. Her research focuses on philosophy of law and ethics. She received her JD (2000) and PhD (Philosophy, 2008) at the University of Toronto, and spent a year as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Philosophy at UCLA before joining the department at Queens College.

Prof Kisilevsky ‘s primary interest is in the moral significance of law. What does the establishment of a legal system add to the moral landscape of a community, and what is morally important about a society's holding people legally responsible to one another? These questions run through my work in analytic jurisprudence, just war theory, and Kant's Doctrine of Right.

She is currently working on the ethics of punishment, and the ways in which our practices of holding each other to account are constitutive of our moral community. She pays special attention to the fundamental challenge that criticisms of mass incarceration pose to traditional justifications for punishment and what this means for the ways that people relate to one another in a society.
Sari.Kisilevsky@qc.cuny.edu

David Leventhal is an attorney with a JD from NYU Law School in 1991. He practiced law for four years at a prestigious law firm in Los Angeles called Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp. He was a litigation attorney involved in civil and criminal law, with some experience in Motion Picture and Television law and labor practice. For the last 20 years he has taught at Queens College. He is a Lecturer for, and former Associate Director of, the Honors Business and Liberal Arts Program, where his courses all pertain to his legal training. He frequently advises students considering a legal career.

David is currently teaching Law and Ethics of Business, which utilizes the case method of teaching that students will be expected to master in law school. His Critical Thinking class has long been designed to help students develop the analytical skills they will find necessary for legal practice, law school, and preparation for law school, including scoring well on the LSAT. His Introduction to Business and Liberal Arts class teaches civics and exposes students to issues confronted every day in the world around them, issues students will be particularly confronting in their legal studies and practice.

David is the host of Forward Nation Radio , a show examining news, politics and law that was created for him by Queens College students in 2017. He lives on Long Island with his wife and two children, the oldest of whom is named after a former Supreme Court justice.

David.Leventhal@qc.cuny.edu

Miryam Segal is associate professor in History at Queens College, and of Middle Eastern Studies and Liberal Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her law-related teaching includes courses on American law, legal history and legal thought, and on Jewish law.

Professor Segal’s research interests are at the nexus of language, gender, religion and law. She has written a book on the accent shift in Hebrew speech and poetry (A New Sound in Hebrew Poetry: Poetics, Politics, Accent), and co-edited a collected volume on the “Embarrassment of Scriptures.”

She is completing a manuscript on the early twentieth century gender politics of women as Hebrew workers and writers, and is also editor of a forthcoming volume on Jewish family law. Professor Segal holds a master’s in the study of law from Yale Law School. She earned her doctorate in Comparative Literature at Berkeley and her bachelor’s degree at Harvard.
Miryam.Segal@qc.cuny.edu


Natalie B. Vena is an assistant professor in the Department of Urban Studies. She received her J.D. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University’s School of Law and Department of Anthropology in 2016. Her research and teaching interests concern environmental policymaking in U.S. cities. Vena is admitted to the New York State Bar.

Professor Vena is available to discuss with the interested students and alumni about whether attending law school is the best way to achieve their career goals. She is happy to talk about what to expect in law school and to help connect them with practicing attorneys. She is also ready to read personal statements and to talk about LSAT preparation.

Natalie.Vena@qc.cuny.edu

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