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The Deane School of Law at Hofstra University

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions John Chalmers
Application deadline April 15
Full-time program application fee $0
Part-time program application fee $0
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 42.9% - Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.32
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 159

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 45.9%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 155-160
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.95-3.56
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.32
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 159

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 11.9%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 156-160
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.06-3.65
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.32
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 158
 

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.A. in Applied Social Research
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Fellowships: Child/Fam Adv., LGBT Rights & Health Law; Clinics: Crim. Justice, Child Adv., Community & Econ. Dev., Asylum, Sec. Arb., Law Reform Advocacy & Mediation; summer programs in Germany & Italy; winter program in Curacao; 7 foreign exchange programs; intl internships; Summer Skills Institute; border studies program in El Paso, TX; LLT Lab; spring break programs in Ecuador & Cuba.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 150
Seminars 64
Positions available in seminars 1,218
Positions available in simulation courses 1,143
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 136
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Reviews: Hofstra Law; Family Court; Labor & Emp. Law; Intl Bus. & Law, ACTEC; Moot Court, Trial Adv & Int'l Moot Court; AP®ALSA/BLSA/LALSA, First Gen, Outlaw; Prof Interest Orgs; Religious Orgs; Service Orgs; Social and Recreational Orgs; Social/Political Orgs; Pro Bono Orgs.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 116
Is there typically a full-time "small section" of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year "small section" 33
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 847
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 772
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 108
Full-time students involved in field placements 176
Full-time students involved in law journals 198
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 71
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 64

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 116
Is there typically a part-time "small section" of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 136
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 173
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 14
Part-time students involved in field placements 9
Part-time students involved in law journals 7
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 1
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 8

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 15.2:1 - Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 57
Full-time minority faculty 16.1%
Part-time minority faculty 100.0%
Total faculty 60
Total faculty (men) 61.7%
Total faculty (women) 38.3%
Total faculty (minorities) 16.7%

Class Size

 

Law School Ranking

#89 Best Law Schools

(2) Ranking by Specialties

#81 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#13 in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 44
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.4
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.9
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.95-3.56
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.32
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 155-160
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 159
Acceptance rate 42.9% - Medium
Student-faculty ratio 15.2:1 - Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 91.2% - High
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 77.4% - Low
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NY
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 76.4%
 

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 1074

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 1,004

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 70

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 12.1%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 2.3%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 0.6%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school 7.1%
Male students discontinuing law school 5.3%
Female students discontinuing law school 5.5%
 

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Gerard Anderson
Financial aid phone (516) 463-5929
Financial aid application deadline April 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $45,600 per year
Part-time: $34,125 per year
Room and board $16,314
Books $1,400
Miscellaneous expenses $5,109
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 27.4%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 18.2%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 4.4%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $20,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $10,000–$30,000
Full-time students receiving grants 50.0%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 37.1%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 12.9%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 5.7%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $8,726
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $1,500–$20,726
Part-time students receiving grants 55.7%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $131,196
Proportion who borrowed 89.6%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes
 

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 136,194
Microform titles 13,505
Electronic titles 21,847
Other non-book titles 2,787
Total titles 174,333
Volumes (excluding microforms) 257,357
Volume equivalent microforms 332,827
Total volumes and volume equivalents 590,184
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library's online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 168
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 76
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 30
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 70
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 16
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 150
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 61
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 19
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 53
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 8

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, university information technology department, other
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 8
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 120
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 40
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 4
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school N/A
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 46,074
Total seats available for library users 484
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Hofstra is located a short 25 miles east of the legal and cultural opportunities of NYC. It is near world-class beaches and a thriving suburban business and legal community. The campus is a national arboretum. Our fully-wired facilities contain modern classrooms, a library staffed by professional attorney librarians, comfortable student lounges, study rooms and offices.
 

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NY
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 77.4% - Low
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 76.4%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 352
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 91.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown N/A
Graduates whose employment status is known N/A
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program N/A
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work N/A
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work N/A

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 3.7%
Graduates whose employment status is known 96.3%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 91.2%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.6%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 1.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.9%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $56,000
Median private sector starting salary $75,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $120,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 32%
Median public service starting salary $54,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 9.7%
Percent employed in business and industry 22.1%
Percent employed in government 10.6%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 1.6%
Percent employed in law firms 50.5%
Percent employed in public interest 4.7%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.9%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 82%
Graduates employed out-of-state 15.6%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 0%
Number of states where graduates are employed 20
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 1.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 86.3%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.3%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.6%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 5.3%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 1.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 1.6%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 0.3%
Employment location unknown 2.6%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)
Career services operations The Office of Career Services organizes recruitment programs, training on resume and interview techniques, provides comprehensive career coaching and professional development training. "On-campus" interviews are conducted on LI and in Manhattan providing full access to the NYC legal market; individualized counseling and reciprocal rights ensure opportunities in other regions.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 65.5%
Bar admission required/anticipated - percent employed in full-time positions 84.7%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 9.7%
J.D. preferred - percent employed in full-time positions 27.3%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 10.0%
Professional other - percent employed in full-time positions 73.5%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 6.5%
Non-professional other - percent employed in full-time positions 18.2%
 


 
 

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