Touro Law Center

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Touro Law Center
Touro Law Center.pngTouro Law Center by Matthew Bisanz.JPG
Established 1980
Type Private
Religious affiliation Jewish
Academic staff 84
Students 805[1]
Location Central Islip, New York, USA
40°45′43″N 73°11′16″W / 40.762°N 73.187738°W / 40.762; -73.187738Coordinates: 40°45′43″N 73°11′16″W / 40.762°N 73.187738°W / 40.762; -73.187738
Dean Patricia Salkin

Touro Law Center,[2] also known as the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center,[3] is located on Long Island, NY in Central Islip. The Law Center is part of a courthouse campus, whose justice complex includes both a State (Suffolk County) Courthouse and the Federal Courthouse for the Eastern District of NY. Touro Law Center is the only law school in Suffolk County. The Law Center is part of Touro College, a private, not-for-profit, coeducational institution based in New York City. The school is known for its focus on experiential and practical education, most recently evidenced by the adoption and implementation of an innovative and student-focused curriculum and strategic plan called “Portals to Practice.”

Touro Law offers a traditional JD full-time and part-time students, day and evening (3 years or 4 to 5 years if part-time); an accelerated 2-year honors JD; a traditional LLM and an LLM for foreign lawyers. The Law School also offers a 4 plus 2 program for law students in other countries. Touro Law has reciprocal agreements with the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics and with Fujian University School of Law. In addition, the Law Center has a three-plus-three (BA/JD) program with the University of Central Florida, and a number of joint/dual degrees with Stony Brook University (MSW); Touro (MBA); and LIU Post (MBA).

While students can focus their studies in any area of law, including general practice, the Center offers concentrations in the following areas for those who are certain about their future career aspirations: criminal law, aging and longevity law, land use and sustainable development law, and solo and small firm practice. The collaborative court program, which encompasses a court observation program, also ensures that Touro Law students are in the federal and state courthouses from the first month of school through graduation. First year programs have all students working with litigants in the justice system through the school’s participation in the court-connected pro se divorce program and landlord tenant work.

A recently restructured Advocacy Program enables students to successful compete in moot court, trial and negotiation/ADR competitions across the country.


Touro Law Center began operations in the Fall of 1980 in a building located at 30 West 44th Street in Manhattan, New York City. Shortly thereafter, the law school moved to the town of Huntington in Suffolk County, New York and the building it occupied for twenty years, formerly Toaz Junior High School. In April 1986, it was officially named the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, in honor of Judge Fuchsberg, who served as an associate judge of the New York State Court of Appeals from 1975 to 1983. In 2006 the Law Center moved into its current building in Central Islip.

Touro Law was provisionally accredited in 1983, received full accreditation in 1989 and became a member of the American Association of Law Schools in 1993. In 2012 Touro Law joined the Academic Impact program of the United Nations, and in 2013 Touro Law joined the Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Consortium.

John Bainbridge was the Dean from 1982-1985 and he recruited the founding faculty and administrators and guided the school through the first ABA inspection that led to provisional accreditation. Howard Glickstein then followed, serving as the longest tenured dean – 18 years. Dean Glickstein shepherded the school through the accreditation process with the ABA and procedures for admission as a member of the American Association of Law Schools. He negotiated with State officials to acquire the land in Central Islip, arranged the financing for the purchase of the land and the construction of the building, and negotiated with architects and builders. In 2005, Lawrence Raful was appointed Dean, and he oversaw the construction and design of the new law school building. He served until July of 2012, when Patricia Salkin was appointed as the new and current Dean of the law school. Dean Salkin is the first woman dean at Touro Law Center and a recognized leader in legal education reform. To date, under Salkin’s leadership, the Law Center has more than doubled its endowment (with funding to support student scholarships and faculty), launched new institutes and centers of excellence, and increased the number of applications to Touro Law Center while decreasing the class size.

Touro Law Center is the only law school in the country to house fully within its campus a Public Advocacy Center – home to more than a dozen community-based legal service providers, providing law students with opportunities to do pro bono and gain other law-related experience through the lens of access to justice. The Law Center also offers dozens of funded summer public interest fellowships that enable students to work across the United States.

Clinical Education[edit]

Touro Law Center offers twelve clinics to students: Bankruptcy Clinic, Advanced Bankruptcy Clinic, Criminal Defense Clinic, Criminal Prosecution Clinic, Disaster Relief Clinic, Elder Law Clinic, Family Law Clinic, Federal Prosecution Clinic, Immigration Law Clinic, Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic, Small Business and Not-for-Profit Law Clinic and a Veterans' and Servicemembers' Right Clinic.

Beginning with the class entering in 2014, all students are required (and therefore guaranteed) to complete a clinic experience. The close proximity of the state and federal courthouses provide students with routine courtroom experience.

Other Programs[edit]

Touro hosts a number of specialized institutes and centers of excellence.

In 2012 the Law Center launched the country’s first Aging and Longevity Law Institute, focusing on myriad legal challenges facing the aging of world population. Professor Marianne Artusio serves as the founding director.

In 2013 the Institute for Land Use and Sustainable Development opening under the leadership of Professor Sarah Adams-Schoen. The Center focuses on model zoning and land use codes, training and research.

The International Justice Center for Post–Graduate Development serves as a national clearinghouse for the law-school based incubator movement. Led by Fred Rooney, the Center launched Touro’s Community Justice Center in 2013, housing more than a dozen start-up law firms owned by Touro alumni, and in 2014 the Center hosted the first annual International Conference on Postgraduate Education at Touro Law.

The Jewish Law Institute offers a scholarly and intellectual framework for the academic study of the Jewish legal experience. Under the direction of Professor Samuel J. Levine, the Institute acts as a center for the study and teaching of Jewish law throughout the United States, bringing together leading scholars, teachers, and lawyers, and serving as a clearinghouse for new ideas and independent research.

The Institute For Holocaust Law and International Human Rights aims to understand, explore and evaluate contemporary mechanisms for protecting human rights and the role of law in view of the lessons of the Holocaust and its aftermath. Professor Harry Reicher, internationally known for his work in the field of Holocaust Law, serves as the director.

The Center for Innovation in Business, Law, and Technology (IBLT) focuses on education, community outreach, and creating a world-class academic research center on legal and policy issues related to new and emerging technologies. Professor Gary Shaw serves as the interim director.

Study Abroad Programs[edit]

Touro Law Center maintains summer programs in Vietnam, Germany, and Croatia.[4]

Prominent Faculty[edit]

  • Sol Wachtler – Former Chief Judge of New York Court of Appeals. Judge Wachtler is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Touro.
  • Joseph Frank Bianco – Appointed by President George W. Bush as a United States District Judge in the Eastern District of New York. Judge Bianco Teaches National Security and the Law.
  • Frederick K. Brewington – a member of the adjunct faculty is a nationally recognized civil rights attorney
  • Deseriee Kennedy is the holder of the Gitenstein Chair in Health Law and Policy as is known for her work in the areas of family law and domestic violence
  • Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus also serves as the director of academic support and bar services and she has written the leading books on the bar exam
  • Richard Klein is the Bruce K. Gould Distinguished Professor of Law, and a recognized leader in the field of criminal law
  • Leon D. Lazer – formerly a Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department.
  • Deborah Post, the former dean for academic affairs is a noted scholar in the field of contract law
  • Martin Schwartz – a nationally known scholar on Section 1983 Civil Rights Law
  • Leonard Wexler – Senior Judge Eastern District of New York. Distinguished Jurist in Residence.

Prominent Alumni[edit]

Five current members of the New York State Legislature are Touro Law alums:

Other Notable Alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Touro College (Fuchsberg)". Law School Overview. U.S. News & World Report. 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "About Touro Law". Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  3. ^ "Touro Law – Home Page". Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Dominus, Susan (2010-05-28). "Bikram Singh's 2 Careers; Law and Indian Hip-Hop". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ "First Vietnamese-American to Serve as a Military Advisor to the New Iraqi Army". Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  7. ^ "Two Years in Iraq and Honored as a General". Retrieved 2011-11-21. 

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