Pizza and Politics, Thurs. Sept. 28, 2:30 pm, 2N-108

Does Section 3 of the 14th Amendment Disqualify Donald J. Trump from Running for President?

Join Us for Pizza, Drinks, and an Informal Discussion

Learn About Majoring or Minoring in Political Science

Thursday, September 28th

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Club Hours)

Building 2N, Room 108



Richard Flanagan, Professor of Political Science

Michael Paris, Professor of Political Science

Pizza, Snacks and Soft Drinks
will be served.

Sponsored by the Dept. of PSGA, the Legal Studies Institute,
and the CSI Pre-Law Student Club

College of Staten Island Grads Going to Law School Featured in the Staten Island Advance [scroll down]


Five graduates from the College of Staten Island (CSI), Willowbrook, have begun their next chapter at New York Law School.

The graduates — David Checchi, Nicole Dos Santos, Rimshah Gul, Siham Hammoudi-Patout and Andrew Tawadrous — all received either full or partial scholarships to attend New York Law School.

As CSI’s Class of 2023 valedictorian, some may think that Checchi’s path into law school was expected. But the 26-year-old Army veteran said he initially had no intention of going to college while he was in high school. After enlisting and serving in the U.S. Army, he decided to pursue his education further and attend CSI.

He will attend New York Law with a full tuition scholarship.

It took years for Dos Santo to find her way to law. Dos Santos, 40, attended CSI after she graduated high school in 2002, but had to stop and start school several times for personal reasons.

“I never once thought to actually pursue law, because I just didn’t think it was something I’d ever be able to afford, and I had so much personal baggage going on that I wasn’t putting all my focus into my studies, so I didn’t think I could achieve the grades needed either,” she said.

But a serious car accident gave her a change of heart. She said she had to work hard to prove the accident wasn’t her fault, and it made her realize she would make a great lawyer. A push from friends helped her pursue a degree at CSI and eventually attend law school.

Dos Santos returned to the classroom during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020 and has since earned a scholarship from New York Law School that will cover almost 85% of her tuition.

“It honestly doesn’t even seem real to me,” she said. “I have no lawyers in my circle of family or friends. I never imagined I’d get this opportunity. As for the scholarship, it would be impossible for me to attend without it so I’m incredibly grateful.”

The pair intersected with students like Gul, Hammoudi-Patout, and Tawadrous, who made use of the CSI Legal Studies Institute and made the further pursuit of law a reality. They said the classes at CSI helped them learn important aspects of law to prepare for law school — while also receiving guidance and mentorship from faculty.

And while it took time for Checchi and Dos Santos to find their way to CSI, they have advice for future students, especially those who show an interest in law.

“Getting good grades is very important to being admitted to law school and is essential for qualifying for scholarships, but what is more important is exploring a wide range of subjects and choosing a major that interests you,” said Checchi. “Pursuing your interests stimulates a passion for learning, and further motivates and inspires you to pursue academic excellence in whatever you decide to pursue.”

Dos Santos said it’s important for students to make a schedule and stick to it, as there is much to learn and it can feel overwhelming.

“… If you’re going to do it, you must put your all into it. Invest in and believe in yourself, and you’ll be proud of the results,” she added.

Free LSAT Classes This Week

LSAT Masterclasses with LSAT Ally
Monday, September 18, 2023 08:30 PM: How to master the LSAT

Testmasters Test Prep/LSAT Prep:
Tuesday, September 19, multicampus LSAT workshop [Overview], CSI students invited

LSAT Masterclasses with LSAT Ally
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 08:30 PM: Logic Games Master Class

Paid Internship in Albany

Good morning,
My name is Joshua Terry, and I am the Legislative Director for the Civil Service Employees Association, Local 1000 AFSCME. We are a public sector labor union representing employees in New York State and local governments, school districts, public authorities, and the private sector.

I am currently recruiting for a full-time legislative and political internship in our office in Downtown Albany. This full-time paid internship runs from early January through mid-June to coincide with the state’s legislative session. Interns are the eyes and ears of CSEA for day-to-day legislative matters. They attend legislative sessions, committee meetings, and public hearings on a range of topics. They learn to write legislative support and opposition memos as well as budget and legislative summaries for consumption by union staff and officers. They will be immersed in the Albany legislative world, while also learning the politics behind the policy and how unions and other lobbying entities attempt to be part of the process.

This internship is intended for juniors and seniors who have strong writing and analytical skills and have an interest in state government affairs. Past interns have gone on to work for the NYS Governor, Lt. Governor, U.S. Senators and members of Congress, trade associations, multi-national corporations, labor unions, and lobbying firms, while others use this as a springboard to go to law school or obtain other graduate degrees.

If students are interested they can reach out to me directly via e-mail, Hand Shake (if your school participates), or LinkedIn.

Thank you.
Joshua Terry, Legislative Director
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Local 1000
Office: 518-436-8622 
Mobile: 315-727-6949