School of Law

Academics

Tailored to meet your goals — and your circumstances

Our curriculum will give you a solid legal foundation with a blend of theoretical and practical, hands-on learning. In fact, Connecticut is one of only a few states that allow you to represent clients in clinic and externships beginning in your second year, giving you the opportunity for more practical experience.

As part of a comprehensive university, our law school gives you access to extensive resources, acclaimed faculty and opportunities for interdisciplinary learning. Yet you’ll also find that we’re small enough to put our focus on you as an individual. Our singular goal is your success and our customized approach serves as a bridge between a legal education and a successful career. 

With seven optional concentrations in disciplines such as intellectual property, family law, health law and criminal law and advocacy, our JD program is as varied as the law itself. We offer dual-degrees in business, environmental law and social work, and a master of laws (LLM) program and a health care compliance certificate. No matter your interest, we have a program designed for you — or the resources to customize your learning to meet your goals.

Day and night

Our part-time evening program allows New Haven firefighter Dawud Amin ’16 to keep his day job while studying for a law degree at night.

For part-time and evening students, we offer a range of flexible options tailored to meet your circumstances. We understand where you are coming from, and where you want to go. You can take the same courses taught by the same outstanding faculty, but on a schedule that suits your individual needs.

2016 1L Class Profile

25%


Self-identified students of color

53


Undergraduate institutions represented

92


First-year students enrolled

24


Undergraduate majors represented

Faculty

Experienced professors

Professor Jennifer Herbst brings a background in health law to students in both the School of Law and School of Medicine. Her deep expertise is typical of the faculty here.

Student-focused faculty

Our professors include current and former judges, public defenders, career prosecutors, trial lawyers, corporate attorneys, distinguished practitioners in residence and PhDs with international academic reputations. They bring a world of professional experience into the classroom and give their students access to an extensive professional network.

It is their dedication to teaching, though, that sets them apart. Our professors are known for their after-class discussions, their tireless support and the attention they pay not just to top students but to every student. A low 11:1 student to faculty ratio allows them to spend more time on each student's needs. Personal mentoring begins even before your first class, and often continues after graduation and throughout your professional career.

Meet our faculty
“I have no office hours. I tell my students they can come see me any time. If I’m not there, send an email and we’ll set up a time. My success is directly related to the success of my students.”
Professor Charles Pillsbury

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Setting the bar high

Law school represents a significant investment in education; we know that choosing the right one can feel like an almost overwhelming proposition. The American Bar Association annually compiles information on accredited U.S. law schools, ranging from enrollment data to class profiles to bar passage rates. The data provide a useful statistical reference for students, parents and others evaluating and comparing law schools.

Quinnipiac University School of Law, a private, selective law school known for its collegial atmosphere and individualized education, is pleased to share this information. We believe it sets a high bar.

Margot Lee Shetterly addresses the Quinnipiac community

World-class speakers

You will have the opportunity to attend lectures from industry-leaders and newsmakers. Recently, Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the New York Times best-selling book Hidden Figures, met with students before this community conversation.

Student Life

The power of place

In the power corridor between New York City and Boston, our location puts you in the middle of one of the highest concentrations of private law firms, corporate headquarters and financial institutions in the United States. You'll be in the center of an active, intellectually progressive enclave where the future of law and legal practice is being shaped.

On campus, our students create an exceptionally supportive and active community focused on integrating personal and professional values.

With 3 law journals, approximately 30 student organizations and nationally recognized moot court, mock trial and dispute resolution competition teams, our law students get involved, exercise integrity and gain confidence. They volunteer, organize food drives, play intramural sports and participate in an annual spring auction that raises money to enable fellow students to do summer work in public interest law.

Our students remain deeply engaged on campus throughout their education — something that feels natural and obvious here, but is not necessarily common among law schools.

A second family

Classmates share notes, help each other prepare for exams and study together. "It was pretty much the opposite of what I expected at law school," said Tatiana Fonseca '16 (right).

A place for inspiration

Law students have access to the university’s three picturesque campuses. Spread over 600 acres, the campuses are intentionally designed with places that invite active collaboration and quiet reflection.

Quinnipiac University School of Law first year student Evan Dorney bids on "Professor Cooper's Day at the Races," A package for four to Belmont Park Racetrack, during the annual Public Interest Law Project (PILP) auction Thursday, March 10, 2016 in the Ceremonial Courtroom at the School of Law Center on the North Haven Campus. All funds raised at the auction will support students in unpaid public interest internships over the summer.

Passion to help

Students involved in the Public Interest Law Project raise awareness on campus of social justice issues. Proceeds from their annual auction allow students each summer to work in public interest law. Here, Evan Dorney, JD '17, bids on an outing for four with Professor Cooper.

Career Development

Star power

Criminal defense attorney Joseph Tacopina, JD ’91, has represented high-profile clients ranging from former New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez to rappers Sticky Fingaz and Foxy Brown. Our law school graduates have made names for themselves in all areas of the law in all parts of the country.

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Putting your education to work

With a law degree, your options are wide open. We’ll help you explore where your skills, expertise and passions can lead, then work with you on the best ways to get there.

Our career development office is staffed by lawyers with decades of experience practicing in Connecticut. We emphasize individual counseling, including resume and cover letter reviews and practice interviews. Our resources include on- and off-campus interviews, a sophisticated jobs website and constantly updated information about opportunities for meeting with practicing lawyers and potential employers, including our broad network of alumni in Connecticut and beyond.

Quinnipiac University School of Law Center photographed Sept. 16, 2016. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Designed for law students

The state-of-the-art School of Law Center was designed for modern law students. It features a 150-seat, two-tiered courtroom (complete with judge's chambers and jury deliberation room), high-tech classrooms and the stunning two-story library.

Facilities

Intentionally designed for collaborative learning

Lecture halls alone don’t do a legal education justice. Spanning three floors and 150,000 square feet, the School of Law Center boasts all the resources you need to train for the legal profession, in all of its most important contexts. These include a 150-seat courtroom featuring a jury deliberation room and judge’s chambers, a fully-equipped legal clinic supporting 7 clinic programs, a dispute resolution suite and a mock trial practice room.

Practicing law successfully requires a team-based approach. The 13 classrooms in the School of Law Center are sophisticated, modern and designed for collaborative learning. They are complete with digital multimedia capabilities that allow for student-centered learning and access to vital information. Our 18 seminar-style rooms facilitate group work, while the library provides multiple reading rooms for solo study.

In addition, our location on the graduate-focused North Haven Campus affords law students the opportunity to work alongside medical, nursing, health science, education and social work students. This allows for shared learning across disciplines and creates a rare resource for learning that many law schools cannot offer. Here, law is cooperative, not combative, and our facilities reflect this.

Students in the School of Law library on the North Haven campus. Copyright Notice: Rich Gilligan @Hello Artists photographed in Spring 2016 for the new branding materials and new EDU website. Usage terms are: Marketing Collateral in perpetuity - e.g.-student guides, annual reports, flyers, brochures, public affairs, web/social media
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A shared space

Students study and collaborate in the Lynne L. Pantalena Law Library, where they have access to the latest resources and legal materials.

Academic Centers

A legal education that goes far beyond the walls of the classroom

Two centers of unique academic strength — one in health law, the other in dispute resolution — provide enriched resources for students interested in those important fields.

Our Center on Dispute Resolution is shifting the way lawyers practice. Led by nationally recognized professors, the center combines mock mediation sessions in the classroom, work in the Civil Justice Clinic, and judges, mediators and practicing attorneys who provide expertise to our students all with one goal — to help you become a creative and compassionate problem-solver.

Among only a select number of universities in America boasting both law and medical schools, Quinnipiac is a unique place to study the flourishing area of health law through the Center for Health Law and Policy. With opportunities to take health-related courses, write for the Health Law Journal or join the Health Law Society, you'll find the focus and preparation needed to tackle the complex challenges of a multi-faceted industry.

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