The best preparation for law school is a high-quality liberal arts education where you can develop outstanding writing, communication and critical-thinking skills. As a St. Bonaventure prelaw student, you will take classes that will hone these skills.

Model United Nations gives students valuable hands-on experience.The St. Bonaventure Prelaw Program includes a combination of instructional and advisory activities that are designed to facilitate admission into law school and success once there.

You will have a prelaw advisor who is available from the start to guide and support you. You will also have the direction of top-notch faculty, no matter what major you choose. You will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience through participation in the SBU Prelaw Society, the Mock Trial Team, the Model United Nations and various legal internships. By the time you graduate, you will be fully prepared to apply to the law school of your choice.

St. Bonaventure University, with its innovative liberal arts core, its commitment to academic excellence, and its dedication to the Franciscan values of citizenship and service, provides a unique opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge, and values that you will need to meet the challenges of law school and beyond.

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Accounting and finance double-major Sebastian Bellm to give student address at #Bonas Commencement

May 03, 2016 |

Sebastian Bellm will reflect on a future of hope and how to overcome doubt when he addresses his classmates and guests as the student speaker at St. Bonaventure University’s 156th Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 15.

SBU student speaker Sebastian BellmA student in the university’s Honors Program, Bellm is a double major in accounting and finance and pursuing a minor in law and society.

You would have to have a flair for numbers to pack all of Bellm’s activities into any given week.

Bellm has volunteered to share his business expertise by providing free income tax preparation to workers with low and moderate incomes through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and serving as consulting director for Enactus’ annual entrepreneurial service trip to the Bahamas.

Since 2012, Bellm has been president of the St. Bonaventure Mock Trial Team, where he has earned a number of awards in mock trial tournaments. He’s had several powerful internships, including at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago and in the Felony Trial Division of the Cook County (Ill.) State’s Attorney’s Office.

He has also served as a tutor, a mentor in the Freshman Leadership Program, a lector for University Ministries, president of the St. Bonaventure sailing club and a member of the club soccer team.

St. Bonaventure has a sailing club? It does because Bellm organized one. He’s introduced the sport he loves to other students by planning annual trips to sail on Keuka Lake.

“It’s a little thing I love doing,” said Bellm.  

St. Bonaventure is a perfect place for a student who wants to set his own course. That’s part of the reason Bellm chose the university.

When he was looking at colleges, Bellm “wanted an excellent business program and a liberal arts component. That’s what I found at St. Bonaventure in the business school and Clare College (core curriculum). Bonaventure also had everything I needed if I wanted to make a difference or start an organization.”

Such as a sailing club. And a consulting corporation that offers free business and marketing services to Olean-area businesses and non-profits.

Dr. Todd Palmer, associate professor of management, describes Bellm as a student with the ability to create and sell a vision.  

“Last year, he came to me and (fellow School of Business faculty member) Mike Kasperski with the idea of starting a student consulting firm,” Palmer said.

A year later the Cattaraugus County Consulting Corp (C4), which provides consulting services to businesses with advanced, hands-on learning, has 40 student members and 10 clients. 

“C4 is set to become a 501c3 (tax-exempt, nonprofit organization) sometime this year. Not only does Sebastian have a vision, but he doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty,” said Palmer. “Sebastian is a true professional.”

Bellm is the son of Harald and Patricia Bellm of Mishawaka, Ind., and a graduate of Marian High School in Mishawaka.

His summer 2015 internship has already led to a full-time job offer from PwC. Bellm will begin his post in Chicago this fall.

St. Bonaventure’s Commencement weekend begins Friday, May 13, with a Candlelight Induction Ceremony at 8:45 p.m. on the steps of De La Roche Hall. Commencement Exercises begin May 15 at 10:08 a.m. in the Reilly Center Arena. New York Times columnist and St. Bonaventure alumnus Dan Barry will give the keynote address. For more information about Commencement weekend activities, visit



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