Prelaw Students Are Mentored Straight To The Top. Since 2010, Touro College has increasingly placed its prelaw students at top-rated law schools, placing seven of its students at Harvard Law School in the past three years. In 2013 alone, seven students gained admission to law schools ranked in the top 21 in the country by U.S. News and World Report.
“This is a remarkable achievement for a small prelaw program that annually sends only 20 students to law school,” says Thomas Rozinski, a professor of political science and Touro’s principal prelaw advisor. He expects that several students will be admitted to top-20 law schools again this academic year.
Touro graduates who are now in law school credit their admission record to the prelaw preparation they received while applying to law school. A laser-like focus on each step in the process–from choosing undergraduate courses that will help them prepare for law school, to choosing references who can best present their strengths, to repeated revisions of their applications’ personal statements–has generated winning outcomes for these students.
“I got incredible guidance,” says Yossi Lieberman, who is in his first year at Harvard Law School, and who was accepted at four of the five top law schools he applied to. He credits Rozinski with his own success.
“I think our emphasis on developing critical thinking and writing skills really helps our students when they get to law school,” says Rozinski, himself a graduate of Harvard Law School. “Because of the small size of my classes–which average five students–they get far more attention than at schools with dozens of prelaw students.”
Avigail Shloush, now in her first year at 21st-ranked George Washington University in Washington D.C., says that the small size of Touro’s prelaw program “works hugely to our advantage, because the prelaw program is basically a one-on-one personal guidance by Prof. Rozinski.”
When Shloush came to Lander College for Women/The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School, law school “was more of a dream than a realistic option,” she says. But Touro’s lineup of law-related courses–including two semesters of business law and a political science/prelaw class taught by Prof. Daniel Chill–set her on her current path.
“I have friends [at law school] who attended various other undergraduate schools, yet their prelaw program and advising was not comparable to what I received at Touro,” she says. “Without such advice and direction, it’s fairly possible that I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
Rozinski chalks up Touro’s success to the prelaw courses Touro offers, as well as the intensive counseling. He notes that many of the students benefit from Talmudic studies, which gives them regular practice in close reading of texts and debating their meaning. Courses such as “Civil Rights and Civil Liberties” and “the Supreme Court and the Constitution” refine their skills by teaching them to write a judicial opinion and “synthesize the law on paper.” At the end of the semester, they argue their cases before a panel of three lawyers.
Being prepared seems not to be a major concern for this newest crop of legal newbies. “I was worried how I would stack up against students who had been through Yale or Harvard as undergraduates,” says Lieberman. “I have them in my study groups. I’m just fine. Really.”
GSE Awarded Seven Year Accreditation. Touro College programs in teacher education and school leadership at its Graduate School of Education (GSE) have been awarded full accreditation for seven years by the Inquiry Brief Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
Accreditation to the school’s educational leadership and teacher education programs encompasses the seven master of science degree programs offered by the GSE–in education and special education, instructional technology, mathematics education, school leadership, special education, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), and teaching literacy.
“Attaining this significant accreditation requires a rigorous and exhaustive review. The results represent an exemplary achievement for the administration, faculty, staff, and students of the Graduate School of Education,” said Touro College President and CEO Dr. Alan Kadish. “We congratulate Dean LaMar Miller, Ph.D., who led the school through the challenging accreditation process and continues to provide leadership for one of the largest schools of education in New York State.”
Said Dean Miller, “We are extremely pleased to be receiving this accreditation, which is a tribute to everyone in our community. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we are proud of our diverse student body, our commitment to high quality education, the personal attention afforded our students, and the innovative teachers, administrators, and educational leaders we graduate every year–especially those serving high-need and diverse student bodies throughout the city and the state of New York.”
College Of Pharmacy Appoints Interim Dean. Dr. Zvi Loewy, professor and chair of the department of pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences at Touro College of Pharmacy, will serve as the school’s interim dean. Dr. Loewy succeeds Dr. Stuart Feldman, who stepped down last week.
“I am pleased that Dr. Loewy has agreed to undertake this significant assignment at this time,” said Dr. Kadish. “With his experience in the biological sciences and pharmacy education, research, private industry, as well as his proven commitment to the school and its mission, the college is well-served to have Dr. Loewy take the lead at this time. I wish him every success as he collaborates with the campus provost and CEO, Dr. Jay Sexter, in carrying out this new assignment.”
Said Dr. Loewy, “I am grateful for this opportunity being afforded to me to provide strong management to the College of Pharmacy, to foster a culture of rigor and excellence in pharmacy education, to ensure superb training for our diverse student body, and to lead and develop the faculty of the our school.”
Dr. Loewy has a diversified professional background that includes more than 30 years in academia, executive leadership with major global pharmaceutical companies, and creation and management of biotech start-up companies.
Dr. Loewy is a graduate of Yeshiva University (B.A.), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S.), and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Ph.D.). In addition to his position at Touro College of Pharmacy, he is on the faculty of New York Medical College, and serves on the boards of the Jerusalem College of Technology and the New Jersey Technology Incubator. Dr. Loewy is a member of the scientific advisory board of C3 Jian, a private company focused on providing improved oral healthcare; is a member of the steering committee of the Pennsylvania Translational Research Partnership Institute and the Coulter advisory council; and is an editor of the Journal of Prosthodontics. Dr. Loewy has published broadly and holds over 25 patents. v