Academics

Experience the law — don’t just study it

Quinnipiac offers rigorous classroom learning — and an extraordinary selection of hands-on experiences that make the learning come to life.

All of our programs at the law school are designed to give you a solid legal background and prepare you to think like a lawyer. Even if you never enter a courtroom as an advocate or work in a JD-required position, your career will benefit from having the skills to counsel clients, solve problems and advise colleagues.

Our student-focused, experiential approach to education expands not only the skills and knowledge of our students, but the possibilities they see in a legal career. After that, doors open.

Our JD Program

Quinnipiac law alumna Alicia Kinsman (right) at her Bridgeport office. April 23, 2013

Problem-solver

Quinnipiac law alumna Alicia Kinsman, JD '10, managing attorney, Immigration Legal Services, interviews a client in her Bridgeport office.

Preparing you well for any legal arena

Whether inside or outside of the courtroom, the ways the juris doctor works for you are vast. In a global society, law factors into business, health care, education, community development — anywhere policy and regulations play a central role. 

We offer full-time day, part-time evening and flex-time programs leading to the degree of juris doctor. Within the JD program, you can pursue one of seven concentrations — from civil advocacy and dispute resolution to health law to intellectual property. No matter the concentration, you’ll have the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience through one (or more) of our wide-ranging clinics and externship programs.

Preparing for a strong future

Carrie Kaas, who coordinates externships, advises students on career possibilities in the Lynne L. Pantalena Law Library.

Clinics and Externships Overview

Putting your skills and knowledge into practice

Law clinics and externships place students into real-world settings and provide their first taste of how lawyers make a difference in the lives of members of the community. This kind of experiential learning gives students an intimate view of the law as a profession and of the personal and civil rights issues facing society today. The value to prospective employers is huge — and we have a reputation for doing it well.

Through our seven on-campus clinics, you’ll have the opportunity to provide legal aid to underserved residents: single parents, children, immigrants, veterans and the indigent. Your supervising lawyers are full-time faculty who are invested not only in the well-being of your clients, but also in how you grow as a professional and as an individual.

Your experiences in our clinics will change you. As a student, you have the opportunity to interview clients or represent them in front of a judge. You could be called on to question a witness on the stand. Through your work, you will directly impact the lives of others — whether working for a client in a custody dispute or housing issue, or helping a former inmate re-enter the work force.

Working directly with legal professionals will challenge you, inspire you and introduce you into a community of practitioners. It will show you how lawyers, judges and mediators integrate theory and skill, in real time, in the presence of the pressures and sometimes the chaos that they encounter in everyday practice. You'll be ready to get to work on day 1.

300+


Hands On

The number of externship field sites at which our students have worked.

12,000


Helping Hands

The number of hours of direct legal services provided by the Civil Justice and Tax Clinics over the past three years.

Third-year law student Alesha Davis, a dual degree JD/MBA candidate at Quinnipiac University's School of Law and Business, studies Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 in the Lynne L. Pantalena Law Library on Quinnipiac's North Haven Campus. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Comprehensive learning

Third-year law student Alesha Davis, a dual degree JD/MBA candidate in our Schools of Law and Business, studies in the Lynne L. Pantalena Law Library on the North Haven Campus.

Journals

Shape the legal conversation

In the tradition of American law schools, the Quinnipiac University School of Law sponsors student-edited scholarly journals that contribute to both student education and legal scholarship. These three journals allow you to participate in the editorial process, write a substantial note or casenote, and earn academic credit for journal-related work.

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