Introduction to Prelaw Advising at Empire State University

What is prelaw advising?

Prelaw advising involves fielding questions from students considering applying to law school and interested in entering the legal profession. The prelaw advisor attempts to address procedural questions, provide statistical data, serve as a sounding board for students' concerns (with regard to their potential decision to embark on a law-related career), and offer guidance and direction when a student seeks it.

At Empire State University, our students are distinctive in that they have their own set of concerns as individuals and as a group. As a group, SUNY Empire students tend to be slightly older than students from other undergraduate institutions. In general, this should be considered as a positive factor given the broad and diversified level of experience which they bring to the table in contrast to other applicants to law school. Individually Empire State University students come from various professions and backgrounds. 

Pre-Law Resources and Preparation for Law School

Association of the Bar of The City of New York (New York City Bar) Three Day LSAT awareness annual program held in early January

The Association of the Bar of The City of New York, commonly known as The New York City Bar, sponsors an annual low-cost, three-day LSAT awareness program every January.

Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) established in 1968

For nearly 50 years, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity has worked to make the law a more diverse profession by expanding opportunities for underrepresented persons to pursue a legal career.

CUNY School of Law - Pipeline to Justice Program

Pipeline to Justice prepares underrepresented students to enter CUNY School of Law and supports them throughout their law school career.

Fordham University School of Law - Pre-Law Institute

The Summer Pre-Law Institute at Fordham Law exposes undergraduates and graduate students to law school and the law school admissions process.

LatinoJustice/PRLDEF (formerly the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund) - Legal Education Programs

For many decades, LatinoJustice PRLDEF has sponsored a number of well-regarded legal education programs that provide general information about the law school application process, low cost LSAT preparation, and summer pipeline programs for students about to enter law school.

New York Legal Education Opportunity Program (NY LEO) sponsored by the New York State Unified Court System

The New York Legal Education Opportunity Program (NY LEO) is designed to ensure a diverse legal community by promoting academic success in law school for individuals historically under-represented in the legal profession. Through an intense six-week program held the summer before a student enters law school, the NY LEO Program assists students of color, low-income and economically or educationally disadvantaged college graduates in acquiring the fundamental and practical skills necessary to succeed in law school. The program is available to candidates who will attend law school in New York. Commitment to Diversity in the Legal Profession, an initiative of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)

Florida State University College of Law,
Donald J. Weidner Summer Program for Undergraduates

This program brings to campus undergraduate students from throughout the country for a month-long immersion into legal study.

TRIALS - (Training and Recruitment Initiative for Admission to Leading Law Schools), a partnership of NYU School of Law, Harvard Law School, and the Advantage Testing Foundation.

Trials is a residential scholarship program that helps talented and motivated college students of modest means gain admission to the nation’s leading law schools.

Diverse Bar Associations throughout New York State

Bar Association Contact Information
Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association

J. Stewart Moore, Esq. - President
AveMaria Thompson, Esq. - President-Elect

Arab American Bar Association

Yasmin Dwedar, Esq.- President
Erin Herro, Esq. - Vice President
Amanie Akarah, Esq. - Secretary
Rezwan Islam, Esq. - Treasurer

Arab American Bar Association
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn - (347) 927-6326

Asian American Bar Association of New York

Dwight Yoo - President

Yang Chen, Executive Director

Association of Black Women Attorneys

Kaylin L. Whittingham, President
Association of Black Women Attorneys
1001 Avenue of the Americas, 11th Floor
New York, New York 10018

Black Bar Association of Bronx County

Naita Semaj, President

Black Bar Association of Bronx County
PO Box 1109, Bronx, New York 10451

Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association

Patricia L. R. Rodriguez , Esq.
P.O. Box 5252
Albany, New York 12205

Dominican Bar Association

President-Elect Miguelina Camilo

The Dominican Bar Association
Canal Street Station, P.O. Box 203
New York, NY 10013

Hispanic National Bar Association - New York, Region II

Alba Cruz-Hacker, COO & Executive Director

Hispanic National Bar Association
1020 19th Street NW, Suite 505
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 223-4777

Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York

Bridgette Y. Ahn, KALAGNY President
(646) 979-9116

P.O. Box 2152
New York, New York 10163-2152

Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County

Catalina Cruz, Esq., President
Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County, Inc.
Forest Hills Station
P.O.Box 751235
Forest Hills, New York 11375

LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York

Matthew Skinner has been the executive director of LeGaL - The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York

The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York
@ The Centre for Social Innovation
601 West 26th Street, Suite 325-20
New York, New York 10001
(212) 353-9118

Long Island Hispanic Bar Association

Frank Torres, President
Long Island Hispanic Bar Association
P.O. Box 577
Central Islip, NY 11722

1-877-SI-LIHBA (745-4422)

Metropolitan Black Bar Association

Paula Edgar, President

Metropolitan Black Bar Association
275 Madison Avenue, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10016

(212) 964-1645

Minority Bar Association of Western New York

Minority Bar Association of Western New York
Niagara Square, PO Box 211
Buffalo, New York 14201

Stephane Saunders


Minority Corporate Counsel Association

Jean Lee, President & CEO
(202) 739-5912

Minority Corporate Counsel Association
1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

(202) 739-5901

Muslim Bar Association of New York

Saira Hussain, President

Muslim Bar Association of New York
P.O. Box 2244, New York, NY 10185

National Bar Association, Region II

NBA Region II - Connecticut, New York & Vermont
Maria C. John, Regional Director

Keith Andrew Perry, National Executive Director

National Bar Association
1225 11th St., NW Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 842-3900
Fax: (202) 315-3051

National Black Prosecutors, Region 7

William Jorden, President
Office: (225) 389-3400

The National Black Prosecutors Association
1507 East 53rd Street, Suite 108
Chicago, Illinois 60615

Nigerian Lawyers Association, Inc.

Nexus U. Sea, President

Nigerian Lawyers Association
305 Broadway, 14th Floor
New York, New York 10007.

The Puerto Rican Bar Association

Carmen A. Pacheco, Esq., President

Puerto Rican Bar Association
c/o Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC
Attorneys at Law
340 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Rochester Black Bar Association

Duwaine Bascoe, President

Rochester Black Bar Association
P.O. Box 14569
Rochester, NY 14614
(585) 502-8736

South Asian Bar Association of New York

Mahesh Parlikad, President
Amol Sinha, President-Elect

Westchester Black Bar Association

Sophia Trott, Esq., President

Westchester Black Bar Association, Inc
333 Mamaroneck Avenue PMB 219
White Plains, New York 10605

Justin GiordanoJustin A. Giordano, Esq.

Mentor Justin Giordano has been a full-time member of the Empire State University faculty since September 1992. He holds an M.B.A. in finance and a Juris Doctor degree. He is licensed to practice law in the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and is admitted to the United States Supreme Court and other federal courts.

As a member of the Empire State University faculty, Giordano teaches/mentors in the area of business, management and economics. In addition to teaching a full spectrum of business-related studies, he also specializes in business law and the legal environment, entertainment law, international legal transactions, constitutional law, and a number of other law related studies. He has also taught entertainment law and international law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA.

Justin Giordano's office is located in New York City at 4 Park Avenue, NY, NY 10016. He can be reached via telephone at 212-647-7800, by email at, or by visiting him at his office in Manhattan (appointments preferred).