Seton Hall University School of Law
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|Seton Hall University School of Law|
|Parent school||Seton Hall University|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic|
|Dean||Kathleen M. Boozang|
|Location||Newark, New Jersey|
|USNWR ranking||62nd (2021)|
|Bar pass rate||94.26% (July 2019) |
|Website||Seton Hall Law School|
Seton Hall University School of Law is the law school of Seton Hall University, and is located in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Seton Hall Law is the only private law school in New Jersey, and, according to the U.S. News & World Report Rankings, is the top-ranked of the two law schools in the state. The school confers three law degrees: Juris Doctor, Master of Laws, and Master of Science in Jurisprudence. Founded in 1951, it is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), and is also a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).
On February 5, 1951, Seton Hall University School of Law opened on the old John Marshall site, 40 Journal Square, Jersey City with an entering class of 72 students. The school was also fully accredited by the American Bar Association in the same year of its opening. Kathleen M. Boozang became Dean in 2015 succeeding Patrick E. Hobbs.
The J.D. degree program of 88 credits can be pursued as a full-time or a weekend student. Full-time students can complete the program in three years; weekend students can complete in four years or fewer if they accelerate their studies. Weekend students spend alternating weekends on campus each semester and engage in asynchronous online coursework while off-campus.
Other Degree Offerings
Seton Hall Law offers a Master of Science in Jurisprudence (M.S.J.) in Financial Services Compliance, Health and Hospital Law, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Law and Compliance, Intellectual Property Law, or Privacy Law & Cyber Security.
A Master of Laws (LL.M.) is also offered with concentrations in Financial Services Compliance, Health Law, and Intellectual Property Law.
The school also offers several joint degree programs with other faculties of the University. For example, there is a combined J.D./M.A. (or MADIR) program with the University's Whitehead School of Diplomacy.
In Fall 2018, 250 students matriculated as 1Ls, a 25.62% increase over 2017. In 2017, 199 new students matriculated at the law school.
Centers of Excellence
The Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy educates lawyers and health care sector professionals regarding the complex set of laws that govern patients, health care providers, and life science companies.
The Institute for Privacy Protection educates consumers and businesses to provide inter-disciplinary forums to address emerging privacy issues by educating professionals, businesses, and organizations in this rapidly evolving area.
The Seton Hall Law Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology educates and trains the next generation of attorneys and professionals for the complex issues they will face as scientific and technological advances challenge business, law, and legal institutions.
The Center for Social Justice is one of the nation's strongest pro bono and clinical programs, enabling students to gain hands-on experience while providing legal services to economically disadvantaged area residents.
The Center for Policy and Research provides law students with an uncommon opportunity to gain experience in forensic analysis and investigation through research into national policies and practices.
The National Law Journal ranked Seton Hall's 2017 graduating class as 1st in the nation for state and federal clerkships and 17th in the nation for employment.
Employment and Bar Passage
Total employment rate for the Class of 2018 was 98%. Bar Pass required or J.D. Advantage totaled (94.3%). Employed students hold positions in Judicial Clerkships (58.23%), Private Practice (26.58%), Corporate or Business (6.96%), Government or Public Interest (6.33%), and 1.9% unemployed graduates are seeking employment.
Seton Hall Law's overall bar passage rate for first-time test takers in July 2019 was 94.26%.
The tuition and fees for Seton Hall University School of Law are $54,848 for incoming full-time students and $41,136 for incoming part-time students for the 2019–20 academic year. However, 81% of incoming students in 2018 received scholarship funding, and 75%-85% of funded students typically renew scholarships after the first year.
The median grant amount was $25,000 for full-time students and $19,400 for weekend students, bringing net-tuition (tuition less scholarship and grants) for those receiving the median grant amount to $27,206 for full-time students and $19,754 for weekend students.
|One Newark Center|
|Location||1109 Raymond Boulevard|
Newark, New Jersey
|Roof||99 m (325 ft)|
|Floor area||633,000 sq ft (58,800 m2)|
|Design and construction|
At One Newark Center, the Law School is housed in a 22-story building in Downtown Newark completed in 1991. The Newark Campus building provides 210,000 square feet (20,000 m2) including 65,000 square feet (6,000 m2) of library, named for Congressman Peter W. Rodino, Jr.. It is at the corner of Raymond Boulevard and McCarter Highway, two blocks west of Penn Station Newark, where numerous connections can be made to New Jersey Transit and PATH (an approximate 20 minute ride to Manhattan). While many students commute from around the New York metropolitan area, other students choose to reside at Eleven 80, the Union Building, and Renaissance Towers. One Newark Center is one of the tallest buildings in the city and also contains commercial offices. Nearby attractions include the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark Museum, Prudential Center and Red Bull Arena.
The dean is Kathleen M. Boozang.
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