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Quinnipiac University School of Law

Knowing how to 'think like a lawyer' is a prerequisite for any legal path you choose. Even if you never enter a courtroom as an advocate you need to be able to counsel clients, draft legislation or advise business colleagues. Your educational journey at the Quinnipiac University School of Law is designed with this in mind. From your very first day until you graduate, your courses will build your essential lawyering skills by: Introducing you to the fundamental doctrine and institutions of the law; Strengthening your legal foundation; Ensuring you have a broad base of legal knowledge; Challenging you to develop your ability to read closely, analyze legal issues, think critically, write clearly and argue persuasively. Beyond your coursework, you can choose from 6 clinic and 15 externship programs that will help you to apply your coursework to real legal problems faced by real clients; detailed seminars designed to facilitate in-depth small-group discussion; and 7 concentrations that will enable you to focus on a specific area of interest. You can also earn academic credit by contributing to our law journal publications.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 406
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 153 - 158
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.13 - 3.66
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 80.58%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 82.0%
Tuition $47,076

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About Quinnipiac University School of Law

Knowing how to 'think like a lawyer' is a prerequisite for any legal path you choose. Even if you never enter a courtroom as an advocate you need to be able to counsel clients, draft legislation or advise business colleagues. Your educational journey at the Quinnipiac University School of Law is designed with this in mind. From your very first day until you graduate, your courses will build your essential lawyering skills by: Introducing you to the fundamental doctrine and institutions of the law; Strengthening your legal foundation; Ensuring you have a broad base of legal knowledge; Challenging you to develop your ability to read closely, analyze legal issues, think critically, write clearly and argue persuasively. Beyond your coursework, you can choose from 6 clinic and 15 externship programs that will help you to apply your coursework to real legal problems faced by real clients; detailed seminars designed to facilitate in-depth small-group discussion; and 7 concentrations that will enable you to focus on a specific area of interest. You can also earn academic credit by contributing to our law journal publications.

Reviews

Quinnipiac University School of Law is “a pretty, quaint, and intimate” “suburban” school with “nice and small” class sizes. At the same time, “The extracurricular opportu­nities are extraordinary” and students are afforded plenty of opportunities to gain “real-world experience.” “It’s possible to be a big fish in a small pond here and really amp up your resume,” says a 2L. “Nearly every student participates in some sort of practical course, clinic, or externship,” adds another 2L. “I’ve personally been able to do some­thing practical every semester since my first year, and I know other students have had the same experience.” There are six areas of concentration including health law, intel­lectual property, and tax law. “There are also numerous competition teams,” and “Dispute resolution is a real strong point.” Naturally, smaller schools tend to have fewer courses, and Quinnipiac is no exception. Beyond the concentrations, “There are rela­tively few courses that are helpful outside of a general practice.”Most students tell us that “the administration here is “receptive” and “visible.” “You will never get lost in the mix or stuck on hold for thirty minutes waiting to talk to finan­cial aid.” The faculty is largely excellent except for a few “incredibly boring” “bad apples, like anywhere.” “Most professors are entertaining,” and they’re “highly dedi­cated to helping students achieve success.” Faculty members are also “approachable people, which can be hard to come by in law professor types.” “They are readily avail­able and willing to help,” gushes a 1L. “The professors know you on a personal level and genuinely care about your success.” “Many of them have taken a personal interest in my goals for the future,” adds a 3L.Quinnipiac has a steadily growing roster of helpful alums, and the school is nicely situated, close to New Haven and Hartford and not unreasonably far from both Boston and New York. Firms throughout Connecticut participate in on-campus interviews, and the headquarters of several gigantic conglomerates and financial institutions are located nearby, which leads to a lot of corporate positions. “Large firm jobs are hard to come by,” however. “Unless you are in the top 5 percent of the class,” advises a 2L, “don’t expect to even be considered for a high-paying big firm job for the summer or straight out of school.” Job prospects for students who want to work in Connecticut are solid, but the situation for students who want to work elsewhere is “insanely frustrating.” “Any job you might be interested in outside of the state, you have to find yourself,” though the Career Services office is trying to do more to help these students.The campus of the larger university here is “beautiful.” “Studying on the grass by the lake is the perfect environment in the spring.” A state park across the street lends an additional visual appeal. The law school building is newer, and it “takes great advantage of natural lighting.” The facilities are “set up very fluidly,” and they range from “pretty good” to “state-of-the-art.” Classrooms are “modern.” The library is “extremely comfort­able,” and “It’s a great place for research.” Study carrels abound both in the library and around the building. “The building is breathtaking and a wonderful place to study,” says a 2L. “It is extremely accommodating of commuters,” at least once they overcome Quinnipiac’s “impossible” parking “nightmare.”

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 147

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/MBA-4 years; JD/MBA in Health Care Management-4 years JD/MELP-3 years (Master's in Environmental Law & Policy)

Specialty Law Programs

  • Criminal
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Civil Procedure
  • Labor

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 65
Full-Time Faculty 31
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 3
Part-Time Faculty 31
Faculty Gender 69% Male
30% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 49% Male
51% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 77%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Ethnicity Unknown 12%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 5%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $47,076 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $47,076 $47,076

Financial Aid

92% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$45,139 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision:

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $65

Incoming Class

Quinnipiac University School of Law's entering class of 2016 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 153 - 159
LSAT Part-Time 150 - 157
LSAT Total 153 - 158

Quinnipiac University School of Law's entering class of 2016 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.16 - 3.74
Part-Time 3.0 - 3.41
Total 3.13 - 3.66

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA

Admission Requirements

Required: Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience, Undergraduate GPA, Recommendations, Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay

Optional: Interview, Academic GPA

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 77%
First Time Pass Rate 81%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 25
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 82%
Average Starting Salary $52,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 47 37%
Firm Sized 11-25 6 5%
Firm Sized 26-50 2 5%
Firm Sized 51-100 1 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 4 3%
Business Industry 29 23%
Government 24 19%
Public Interest 1 1%
State Clerkship 11 9%
Academia 2 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 6 4%
Unemployed, Seeking 16 11%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CT 80%
NY 9%
PA 2%

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