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Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, New York

published December 04, 2006

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The clinical program is an integral component of the university's curriculum. "Our growing clinical and skills training programs provide our students with invaluable experience that truly defines their legal education," said Aaron Twerski, the law school's dean. Students who participate in clinical programs provide legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients in the surrounding communities of Nassau County.

The experience students gain at the clinics prepares them to enter the workforce. According to the university's website, about 98% of Hofstra graduates are employed within six months of graduation, and 70% of graduates work in Manhattan.


In August, the school launched two new clinical programs: the Securities Arbitration Clinic and the Community and Economic Development Clinic.

The Securities Arbitration Clinic provides students with hands-on experience with securities-related claims that are subject to arbitration agreements. Since the clinic is limited to 16 students, each participant receives individual supervision and mentoring.

Students involved in the Community and Economic Development Clinic help nonprofits, community-based organizations, and micro-enterprises in low-income communities with legal transactions.

The school also offers clinics focusing on child advocacy, criminal justice, housing rights, mediation, and political asylum. The clinics are one-semester, six-credit courses. Each clinic also includes a two-hour weekly classroom seminar designed to help students improve their interviewing, counseling, negotiation, mediation, fact investigation, and trial techniques.

Hofstra University's law school offers a J.D. degree, as well as two joint degrees: a J.D./M.B.A. and a J.D./M.S. in Taxation. Part-time day and evening J.D. programs, as well as graduate degree programs, are also available. In addition, students can earn LL.M. degrees in international law, American law (for foreign law school graduates), and family law. In the fall of 2007, the school plans to begin offering an LL.M. in Real Estate and Development Law.

The university publishes a scholarly journal entitled Hofstra Law Review. Established in 1973, it is currently in its 34th volume. Every year, students in the top 5% of the first-year class and five winners of the journal's annual writing competition are invited to join the Law Review. Additional members are selected based on their GPAs and writing competition scores.

Students also have opportunities to study in foreign countries during the summer and winter months. In the summer, students can take classes in Nice, France; Sorrento, Italy; and Sydney, Australia. In the winter, students can take classes in Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles.

Hofstra is also a founding member of the European American Consortium for Legal Education (EACLE), which allows students to participate in semester-long exchange programs with any of the EACLE member institutions. Member institutions are located in cities such as Helsinki, Finland; Rotterdam, Netherlands; and Warsaw, Poland.

Hofstra University School of Law is ranked in the third tier of law schools according to the U.S. News & World Report 2007 Graduate School Rankings. Each year, the school admits about 35% of applicants. Last year, approximately 4,800 prospective students applied to fill the 425 first-year openings. The average undergraduate GPA of admitted students is 3.5, and the average LSAT score ranges from 155 to 160.

Currently, about 1,000 students are enrolled in the law school, which has a 19:1 student to faculty ratio. The school has 33 full-time and 45 part-time faculty members.

Founded in 1970, Hofstra was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1971. The school is located in Hempstead, Long Island, just 25 miles east of Manhattan. The Long Island Railroad, which is two miles from campus, provides access to New York City. In addition, both the John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports are within 30 minutes of the campus.

Notable Hofstra alumni include New York State Senate Minority Leader and 2006 Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor David Paterson; founder of the leading plaintiffs' law firm Weitz & Luxenberg Perry Weitz; and United States Court of Appeals Judge Maryanne Trump Barry.

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