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Posted by Ghani on August 23, 2023
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In March 2023, NBEF wrapped up its second cycle of Pathways To Law School. Nine aspiring attorneys were led by Timothy Rountree, Esq. whose focus was to teach the cohort law school fundamentals and most importantly, several factors to consider before pursuing a law school. 

In seminar one, Rountree challenged students to reflect and deepen their understanding of why they want to pursue a law career. He explained that immersing in their respective “why” is what would serve as motivation during the inevitable challenging times law school has in store. In seminars two and three, the students learned about how to effectively research the best law programs that meet their respective needs and the teaching approaches and methodologies in a legal education setting.

For the fourth and final seminar, third year (now graduate) Rutgers law student, Asia Norton, joined as a guest speaker. Norton shared her inspiring background and law school journey, gave advice that students could implement in their daily lives, and answered over twenty questions from the small group of students. The feedback from the cohort summarizing their experience with Rountree and Norton was overwhelmingly positive, and they look forward to the duo returning for PTLS cycle three. 

Pathways to Law School has produced and actively supports current law school students like Nyamekye “Nya” Aning, who just completed her first year at Harvard Law Student. Nya is a multi-year NBEF scholarship recipient and former PTLS participant.

It’s NBEF’s goal to guide and support more aspiring law students within the network. Through Pathways to Law School, they’ll have the head start needed to achieve their law career goals and return to New Brunswick to serve as mentors to those who seek to follow in their footsteps. 

More about PTLS Career Cluster Leader, Timothy Rountree, Esq. 

Mr. Timothy Rountree, ESQ. is the Career Cluster Leader for NBEF’s Pathways To Law School Program. He is a proud alumnus of New Brunswick High School and currently serves as the Attorney-In-Charge at the Legal-Aid Society, Criminal Defense Practice based in Queens, NY. 

Rountree has served at the Legal-Aid Society for the past 30 years. He has dedicated his professional career to fighting for and empowering the Queens, NY community. As the Attorney-In-Charge of the Criminal Defense Practice for the past 17 years, he leads a team of attorneys dedicated to making a difference by actively taking a stance in front of major reform efforts that affect the Queens community and beyond. 

Rountree is a graduate of American University, Washington College of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate. He’s also an HBCU alumnus of Howard University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts with honors, in English.