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Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law

Hofstra Law School provides a complete academic environment for learning the law and participating in its development. Hofstra Law offers nearly 200 courses taught by approximately 60 full-time faculty and visiting faculty, as well as more than 50 adjunct faculty. The school confers both J.D. and LL.M. degrees, and offers a joint J.D./M.B.A. program and a joint J.D./M.A. program.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 979
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 153 - 159
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.95 - 3.59
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 79.42%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 77.7%
Tuition $47,660

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Overview

About Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law

Hofstra Law School provides a complete academic environment for learning the law and participating in its development. Hofstra Law offers nearly 200 courses taught by approximately 60 full-time faculty and visiting faculty, as well as more than 50 adjunct faculty. The school confers both J.D. and LL.M. degrees, and offers a joint J.D./M.B.A. program and a joint J.D./M.A. program.

Reviews

There is a “professional, collaborative environment” at Hofstra Law, where the school’s students are huge fans of the “outstanding” administration, who, in many cases, “are willing to bend over backwards to accommodate you.” “The administration is great because they are very accessible and interested in our success as lawyers and as students,” says a 1L. The Career Center here is similarly involved, “not only [in] our futures, but also in helping alumni find new jobs.” Right from the first week of class, Hofstra Law is big on helping students to network with attorneys and alumni and put­ting a realistic perspective on the possibilities out there (Note: The school does rank students within classes.), though a few students do lament the school’s rather intense focus on work in the public sector, and far more than a few bemoan the lack of “quality internships.” “I’ve had the opportunity to learn about how much work and how many different areas of law you can practice…now I actually know what I can do with a JD,” says a first-year law student. Though not every single person leaves a satisfied customer, the school certainly shows a “desire to improve,” and all who go here pretty much gener­ally agree, “If you are proactive and work hard, Hofstra will work hard for you as well.”Its location close to New York City helps the school to attract “some legendary profes­sors at the top of their fields,” most of whom are “readily available outside of class, and…seem to genuinely care about the students’ success.” “Not a single one stands on ceremony,” says a student. Most “do not implement harsh variations of the Socratic Method”; they have “real-world experience that they bring to their lectures” and use “practical methods that help students to try [to] learn, rather than simply memorize the material.” Hofstra Law’s focus on practical and legal writing skills “never ceases to pay off during internships/clerkships.” “I thought that Hofstra would not offer the same kind of academic experience as those in the top schools. I was very pleasantly surprised,” says a student. “They are constantly trying to…help develop the students into lawyers.”Some bigger picture gripes include that the school recently “terminated the whole night program,” and that tuition is not easy on the wallet. “Lower tuition please. I don’t have a money tree in my backyard,” begs a 1L. Classrooms “are adequate for the purpose they serve”; though the technology is up-to-date (lectures are webcast, Wi-Fi is readily available), the facilities as a whole could use a face-lift. Also, as one weary student puts it, “Not to beat a dead horse, but parking is always an issue.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 320

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.

Graduates Last Year: 8

Description: An advanced, professional program of the U.S. legal system, Constitution law, and jurisprudence. Includes instruction in legal history, legal sociology, philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal procedure, and related topics.

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.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA: full-time, 4 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 95
Full-Time Faculty 54
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 4
Part-Time Faculty 37
Faculty Gender 67% Male
32% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 15 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 55% Male
45% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 61%
Multi-racial 6%
International 4%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Ethnicity Unknown 4%
Black or African American 9%
Asian 10%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $47,660 Same as On-Campus
Housing $15,729 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $63,389 $47,660

Financial Aid

90% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$48,000 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 15

Average Age Admitted: 24

Incoming Class

Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 153 - 159
LSAT Part-Time 151 - 158
LSAT Total 153 - 159

Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.96 - 3.59
Part-Time 2.67 - 3.19
Total 2.95 - 3.59

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Also Considered: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

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

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#10 Best Environment for Minority Students

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 94%
First Time Pass Rate 79%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 35
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 78%
Average Starting Salary $55,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 106 38%
Firm Sized 11-25 14 5%
Firm Sized 26-50 12 5%
Firm Sized 51-100 8 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 4 1%
Firm Sized 251-500 1 0%
Firm Sized 501+ 11 4%
Business Industry 52 18%
Government 37 13%
Public Interest 13 5%
Federal Clerkship 3 1%
State Clerkship 7 2%
Academia 10 4%
Unknown Employer Type 3 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 61 17%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 7 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
FL 2%
NJ 6%
NY 79%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law include:

  • Randy L. Levine - President, New York Yankees
  • Hon. David A. Paterson - Former Governor of New York
  • Brad Eric Scheler - Senior Partner and Chairman, Bankruptcy and Restructuring, Fried Frank
  • Hon. Maryanne Trump Barry - Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Maurice A. Deane - President, Bama Equities, Inc.

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