Mount Saint Mary College students got some valuable insight into the legal professions on Tuesday, April 5 from the Hon. Craig S. Brown, Judge of the Orange County Court and acting New York State Supreme Court Justice.
The event was sponsored by the Mount’s Pre-Law Society.
During his presentation, Brown detailed his path to a law career and how it impacted his personal life. For example, while he was in law school, his wife was attending medical school at the same time. This, he said, necessitated trade-offs in terms of employment, location of residence, and more. But the sacrifices were worth it, Brown noted, because he would not be where he is today without his early career and the value he derived from the experience.
Brown also shed light on his path to the bench; his judicial philosophy and how he approaches cases and decision-making; the different types of cases handled by county court judges, supreme court judges and surrogate's court judges in New York; and more.
The Mount offers a minor in Legal Studies and an advisory track in Pre-Law. Both are open to students of any major. Students in these programs at the Mount are granted an additional academic advisor, who will help them select courses to prepare for law school and assist with the application process.