From A Cappella Groups to Saturday Classes, Hofstra Professor J.S. Colesanti Makes the Law Accessible
“The barriers between high school and college education are breaking down,” said Colesanti. “This is an exciting time for education that taps potential and trivializes limitations.”
High school students want to know more about legal matters than they get from the headlines, according to J S. Colesanti, professor of legal writing at Hofstra University who also teaches pre-collegiate legal studies. “The class introduces high school students to, in turn, the American concept of the rule of law, the work in law school and the work of lawyers,” he explained.
Colesanti has been a lawyer since 1989. He was a regulator with the New York Stock Exchange for 10 years, and then worked as compliance counsel for a national stock brokerage. He has handled appeals before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Social Security Administration, the EEOC and the New York State Division of Human Rights.
He has taught at Hofstra since 2002. In 2006, he was selected “Professor of the Year” by the Hofstra Law Review as an adjunct professor. At Hofstra, he has developed and taught 10 different courses and advised more than 50 students.
Colesanti also has had over 20 articles published by law reviews/industry journals. In July 2016, Professor Colesanti published his first book, Legal Writing, All Business. His second, Oral Advocacy, Style and Substance, was released in December 2017. His third book, which details the history of insider trading law, will be published in May.
“The barriers between high school and college education are breaking down,” said Colesanti, who also coaches a high school mock trial team and is faculty advisor to a law school a cappella group (Legally Sound). “This is an exciting time for education that taps potential and trivializes limitations.”
Professor Colesanti is teaching in the Precollegiate program (Precollegiate Legal Studies). For more information: click here