Overview

Experience the law — don’t just study it

Quinnipiac University School of Law combines strong academics with an extraordinary selection of hands-on experiences that make the learning come to life. You can achieve this as a full-time or part-time student.

All of our programs are designed to give you a well-rounded legal education — with an emphasis on the human side of lawyering — so you leave fully prepared to counsel your clients. Regardless of your chosen practice area, you'll benefit from learning to think like a lawyer, solve problems and speak and write persuasively.

Our student-focused, experiential approach to education expands not only the skills and knowledge of our students, but also the possibilities they can envision in a legal career. 

Our JD Program

Quinnipiac Law alumna Alicia Kinsman, JD ‘10, director of the Immigration Legal Services Program at the the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, counsels a client in her Bridgeport office.

Problem-solver

Quinnipiac Law alumna Alicia Kinsman, JD ‘10, director of the Immigration Legal Services Program at the the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, counsels a client in her Bridgeport office.

Preparing you well for any legal arena

Whether inside or outside of the courtroom, a juris doctor offers many different career options. Law matters to business, health care, education,  government and nonprofit venues — anywhere policy and regulations play a central role. 

Within the JD program, you can pursue one of eight concentrations — from civil advocacy and dispute resolution to health law or our new international law and policy option. No matter the concentration, you will have the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience through one (or more) of our wide-ranging clinics and externship programs, as well as an array of simulated skills courses.

Our focus is to help you succeed. Our bar pass rate for first-time Connecticut test takers in July 2018 was 82%, compared to the corresponding state average of 70%.

Learning outcomes (PDF)

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Carrie Kaas, associate professor of law and director of clinical programs, advises students on career possibilities in the Lynne L. Pantalena Law Library.

Preparing for a strong future

Carrie Kaas, associate professor of law and director of clinical programs, 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, providing an intimate view of the law and the difference the profession makes. This includes the personal and civil rights issues facing society today. The value of this real-life education to you, to clients and to prospective employers is huge — and we have a reputation for doing it well.

Through our 20 clinic practice areas, you’ll be guaranteed the opportunity to provide free legal aid to underserved residents: single parents, children, immigrants, veterans or indigent clients with a tax problem. Your supervising lawyers are faculty who are invested not only in the well-being of your clients, but also in how you grow professionally and personally.

Your experiences in our clinics will change you. You will 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 positively impact the lives of others — whether working for a client in a tax dispute or housing issue, or helping a former inmate re-enter the workforce. Because Connecticut allows supervised law students to represent clients as early as their second year, we’ve designed our programs to offer you hands-on experience as soon as you’ve completed your first year.

Working directly with legal professionals will challenge you, and show you how lawyers, judges and mediators integrate theory and skill. You can choose from many areas of practice — such as criminal, corporate, health, family, employment or intellectual property. You will be involved with actual legal work, side-by-side with practitioners in real time, then have an opportunity for reflection with your peers and your professor. Whether you enroll in a clinic, an externship or both — when you graduate you'll be ready to get to work on day one.

300+


Hands On

The number of field sites available for students to work.

18,000+


Helping Hands

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

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Quinnipiac Law hosted a summit in October 2017 to discuss a collaborative initiative students have been working on with Marriott Hotels & Resorts to train workers to identify and prevent sex trafficking in hotels. Law students from left, Carolina Fernandez, Alyssa DeDominicis, Catherine Fiore, Taylor Matook and Edward Duarte take a photo with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

Combating sex trafficking

Quinnipiac Law hosted a summit in October 2017 to discuss a collaborative initiative students have been working on with Marriott Hotels & Resorts to train workers to identify and prevent sex trafficking in hotels. Law students from left, Carolina Fernandez, Alyssa DeDominicis, Catherine Fiore, Taylor Matook and Edward Duarte take a photo with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

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.

Quinnipiac Law Review

The Quinnipiac Law Review has been committed to publishing exceptional scholarship on an eclectic range of legal subjects for nearly 40 years. We strive to be a major voice on the issues affecting our nation’s broad legal landscape, as well as provide a ground for fertile discourse related to all law fields and specialties.

Quinnipiac Health Law Journal

The Quinnipiac Health Law Journal publishes only the strongest scholarship related to the ever-changing and often polarizing subjects of health law and policy, biomedical ethics and medical-legal research. With each issue, this student-run journal provides a forum for interdisciplinary discourse between legal professionals and educators and the broader health sciences community.

Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal

The student-run Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal has provided a major forum for the voices and opinions from probate courts in Connecticut and other jurisdictions across the country for over 30 years (previously published as the Connecticut Probate Law Journal).