Department of Political Science, Queens College
Welcome to the Pre-law page at Queens College.
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.
As the pre-law advisor for Queens I am 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.
Access to information is critical to successfully navigating the
law school process. To this end there are three essential
resources pre-law provides for the interested student. First, is
the Law School Handbook, a copy of which can be found on this
website by clicking the appropriate link. The handbook is designed
to provide information and insight into the law school process.
The handbook is a good place to start to get some straightforward
answers to many of your questions.
While familiarizing yourself with the pre-law handbook is a good
first step, it is only a first step and should not take the place
of meeting with me to have a more in-depth discussion about a
career in law and how best to position yourself to engage the
process successfully. There are three ways in which students may
meet with me. I have regular office hours that are posted each
semester in the political science department as well as on this
site. Keep in mind that office hours are on a
first-come-first-served basis and so it is a good way to get a
quick question or two answered but not much more because I try to
meet with everyone that shows up. If a student needs to have more
time with me it is best to make an appointment. I usually block
out anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes for an appointment based on
what amount of time the student thinks they will need to meet with
me. Appointments may take one of two forms, we can meet in person
or we can set up a phone appointment. Keep in mind that anything
we discuss is confidential. Students may also email me at carl.bonomo.@qc.cuny.edu
. The advantage to an email is that I can answer your email at any
time and so you are likely to get a speedy response and you have a
written record for future reference. Finally, students
should feel free to call my office at 718-997-5488 to get in touch
with me. However, calling my office is the least efficient way of
contacting me because I will not pick up the phone if I am with a
student and typically people leave long messages and the mailbox
fills up rather quickly.
A third resource is the eight seminars we offer throughout the
year, four are offered during the fall semester and another four
during the spring semester. The dates, times and topics for the
seminars are posted on the pre-law bulletin board in the political
science department in Powdermaker Hall, notices are sent out to
each department so that the seminar dates, time and subjects may
be announced in class, and they are also posted here on this
website. The seminars cover a number of important topics and are
designed to aid students in the application process, provide
insight into determining if a student is well suited for a career
in law, and provide students with an opportunity to ask questions
they need answers to in order to move ahead in the process.
A great source of information on our upcoming pre-law seminars and
other developments, as well as law school open houses and
admissions events is available on our Facebook page: Queens
College Pre-Law. Please
like our page.
Finally, it would be greatly appreciated if you are interested in
a career in law, or just wish to come in and meet with me to
discuss the possibility that you to click on the Student
Information Sheet link below and take a moment to fill out as much
of the information sheet as possible and either email it to me or
bring it with you when we meet. It is a requirement that a
Student Information Sheet be filled out before we meet. It only
takes a minute and it only needs to be filled out once.
I look forward to meeting with you and helping you move closer to
a career in law.
Carl Bonomo, Pre-Law Advisor