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Seton Hall University School of Law

The Juris Doctor degree requires 85 credit hours (88 credits beginning with the Fall 2009 entering class). The program is three years of full-time study or four years of part-time study. All credits must be earned within six years. Seton Hall graduates are eligible to take the bar examination in all states. Students should ascertain early in their programs of study the particular requirements for admission to the bar of the states in which they intend to practice law. Different states have various residency requirements, but in almost all American jurisdictions students must have been in residency in an American Bar Association-accredited school either for 6 full-time semesters (i.e., a minimum of 10 credits) as a full-time student, or 8 part-time semesters (i.e., a minimum of 8 credits) as a part-time student.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 850
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 154 - 161
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.23 - 3.72
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 88.46%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 83.23%
Tuition $48,170

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Overview

About Seton Hall University School of Law

The Juris Doctor degree requires 85 credit hours (88 credits beginning with the Fall 2009 entering class). The program is three years of full-time study or four years of part-time study. All credits must be earned within six years. Seton Hall graduates are eligible to take the bar examination in all states. Students should ascertain early in their programs of study the particular requirements for admission to the bar of the states in which they intend to practice law. Different states have various residency requirements, but in almost all American jurisdictions students must have been in residency in an American Bar Association-accredited school either for 6 full-time semesters (i.e., a minimum of 10 credits) as a full-time student, or 8 part-time semesters (i.e., a minimum of 8 credits) as a part-time student.

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Seton Hall University School of Law is a private, mid-size bastion of legal education, where you’ll get an excellent foundation in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of law. Concentrations are available in health law and intellectual property. The Center for Social Justice is “a great resource” that provides “ample opportunities to get hands-on legal experience.” It consists of five clinics, and it’s among the most comprehensive clinical and pro bono programs in the region, which is quite impressive considering the competition. Opportunities to participate begin during first year. “Very cool study abroad trips” in places such as Cairo, Zanzibar, and Geneva are another nice perk.The classroom environment at Seton Hall Law is “very conducive to discussion.” “There aren’t many horrible professors,” and “Most rave about their professors.” Students say the faculty is full of some of “the wittiest, most passionate, brilliant, best-looking legal minds in the country.” “Each of the first-year professors I’ve had has been really impressive,” reports a 1L. “Some of them are pretty idiosyncratic, which provides for some good entertainment outside the classroom, and behind their backs.” The faculty is “very accessible,” as well. Many students also find the administration “generally helpful.” The support staff goes out of its way to accommodate and even anticipate student needs,” says a 2L. “It is reliable and makes few mistakes.” Other students charge, “The administration at this school is a tsunami of disorganization.” We also hear a number of complaints about the legal writing program, which a 3L calls “abhorrent.”“There’s very much an on-your-own-feel to finding a job,” and some students with middling grades feel “left out in the cold.” Nevertheless, most students are pretty satis­fied with their job prospects. State and federal court houses “are very close,” and “The school has a strong connection to the New Jersey judiciary, so a lot of students get judicial clerkships at graduation.” The alumni network is notably loyal, and “Seton Hall Law has a good networking system set in place.” “We have the run of New Jersey,” boasts a 2L. However, students who want to work in Manhattan have only moderate success. “You can see the city from the library,” observes a 1L, “but it seems more like a beautiful dream than a reality for most students.” That’s not necessarily a drawback, though. “There are plenty of pretty great law firms right here in Newark.”The facilities here are definitely above average. “There can be no debate about that.” Not everyone loves “the modern-esque style of the interior,” and “The classrooms are more functional than aesthetically pleasing,” but upgrades are “constant,” and students have few serious grievances. Technology is “particularly smooth.” “The library is fantas­tic,” declares a 3L. “It provides especially good electronic resources, even in obscure areas.” “I love how everything is in one place,” adds a 2L.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 1

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations related to copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and related issues. Includes instruction in patent law, copyright law, trademark law, intellectual property licensing and litigation, and applications such as art and entertainment law, communications law, information technology law, sports law, and chemical and biotech patent law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 16

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies and regulations affecting the health care industry, health professions, health services and insurance industries, and patients.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 305

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MD: 6 years MD/MSJ: 5 years JD/MBA: 4 years JD/MADIR: (Int'l Relations): 4 years BS/JD: 3+3

Specialty Law Programs

  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 128
Full-Time Faculty 49
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 9
Part-Time Faculty 70
Faculty Gender 60% Male
39% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 14 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 51% Male
49% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 78%
Multi-racial 1%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 8%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $48,170 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $48,170 $48,170

Financial Aid

91% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$63,900 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $65

Incoming Class

Seton Hall University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 156 - 162
LSAT Part-Time 147 - 153
LSAT Total 154 - 161

Seton Hall University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.32 - 3.75
Part-Time 3.02 - 3.53
Total 3.23 - 3.72

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA

Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 92%
First Time Pass Rate 88%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 84%

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 83%
Average Starting Salary $43,437
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 34 13%
Firm Sized 11-25 11 4%
Firm Sized 26-50 4 4%
Firm Sized 51-100 11 4%
Firm Sized 101-250 9 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 13 5%
Firm Sized 501+ 9 3%
Business Industry 44 17%
Government 15 6%
Public Interest 6 2%
Federal Clerkship 6 2%
State Clerkship 89 34%
Academia 1 0%
Unknown Employer Type 2 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Seeking 30 10%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DC 2%
NY 17%
NJ 77%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Seton Hall University School of Law include:

  • Amy Park - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP
  • Peter Larson - Former Chair & CEO of Brunswick Corp.
  • Loria B. Yeadon - CEO HIP, Inc., Honeywell International
  • Christopher Christie - Governor of the State of New Jersey
  • Michael Chagares - Judge on Third US Circuit Court of Appeals

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