Overview

Join a diverse community of teachers, scholars and changemakers committed to meeting the many challenges of 21st-century law. Our core philosophy is educating the "whole lawyer", developing skilled legal practitioners who retain their values and the highest professional ethics, as they serve their clients.

Program Overview

Find your legal niche

Our JD program combines a breadth and depth of legal doctrine with a range of practical experiences. From corporate or public interest law to intellectual property or criminal defense litigation, you will graduate fully-prepared to pursue a meaningful career in the law. 

Our externships and clinics offer many opportunities to hone your practical skills and apply what you learn in class to real-life settings. In the clinics, you will advise clients and might represent them before judges. You can participate in regional and national moot court, mock trial and dispute resolution competitions. You can attend symposia, workshops and other events that bring to campus renowned experts in their fields.

If you have an interest in a particular area of law, you’ll have the option to chart a specialized path through one of eight distinct concentrations:    

In addition, we also offer the same, great quality legal education in a part-time or flexible format, allowing you to balance career or personal obligations.

There are many options — we’ll work together to determine the right path for you.

By The Numbers

90%


Employment Rate

Students employed within 10 months of graduation (Class of 2018)

82%


Connecticut Bar Pass Rate

First-time test takers (July 2018) compared to the corresponding state average of 70%

11:1


Student-Faculty Ratio

Small class sizes enhance classroom discussion and perspective sharing

$7 million


Scholarships & Grants

The amount we awarded in merit scholarships and grants in 2018

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Prepare to meet the challenges of 21st Century law

Quinnipiac Law is shaping the next generation of lawyers through a combination of doctrinal and practical training, in a collegial community where students are challenged, coached and mentored.

Full-time Curriculum

Full-time students generally attend Quinnipiac School of Law for three years and are required to complete 86 credits. The first-year curriculum is entirely prescribed. The second- and third-year curricula consist of core and general electives. Students must take at least four of the six core electives. In addition, students must take the course in Lawyers' Professional Responsibility and satisfy the experiential learning requirement and the advanced writing requirement.

Full-Time Juris Doctor Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
LAWS 101 Civil Procedure I 3
LAWS 103 Contracts I 3
LAWS 107 Torts 4
LAWS 111 Legal Skills I 2
LAWS 113 Criminal Law 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
LAWS 102 Civil Procedure II 2
LAWS 104 Contracts II 3
LAWS 105 Property 4
LAWS 110 Constitutional Law 4
LAWS 112 Legal Skills II 2
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall Semester
Core Elective 1 4
Core Elective 1 3
General Electives 7
 Credits14
Spring Semester
Core Elective 1 4
Core Elective 1 3
Experiential Course 2 2
General Electives 5
 Credits14
Third Year
Fall Semester
LAWS 321 Lawyers' Professional Responsibility 3
Experiential Course 2 2
Core Elective 1 4
General Electives 5
 Credits14
Spring Semester
Core Elective 1 3
Experiential Course 2 2
General Electives 9
 Credits14
 Total Credits86
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Full-time students must take 3 core electives in the second year.

Core electives are:

LAWS*114 - Administrative Law - 3 credits. Offered fall and spring

LAWS*205 - Business Organizations - 4 credits. Offered spring only.

LAWS*305 - Federal Income Tax - 4 credits. Offered fall only.

LAWS*307 - Trusts & Estates - 3 credits. Offered fall and spring.

LAWS*311 - Evidence - 3 credits. Offered fall only.

LAWS*323 - Commercial Law - 4 credits. Offered spring only.

Students must take a total of four core electives. One of the four must be Federal Income Tax or Commercial Law. 

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Experiential Learning Requirement (applicable to students matriculating Fall 2016 or later): Each student must also satisfactorily complete “one or more experiential course(s) totaling at least 6 credits,” as provided by current ABA Standard 303(a)(3) and related provisions. Certain courses are always designated as “experiential courses” that will satisfy the requirement. They are: all law clinics except Advanced Clinic; all externships including Field Placement II; Introduction to Representing Clients; Negotiation; Trial Practice and Advanced Trial Practice. Other courses that may satisfy this requirement, depending on the design choices that the particular professor makes, include: Advanced Family Law II: Courtroom Advocacy, Advanced Juvenile Law: Delinquency Proceedings, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy Lab, Commercial Transactions Workshop, Estate Planning and Drafting, Financial Planning: Principles and Taxation, Judicial Clerkship Seminar, Land Use Practicum, Representation in Mediation, and Visual Persuasion in the Law. (This list is subject to revision; each semester the registrar will designate which courses taught the following semester will satisfy the requirement.) Any paper(s) written in connection with a course or courses used to satisfy the Experiential Learning Requirement may be used to satisfy no more than three of the four papers required to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement. 

Additional course details


Please refer to the School of Law academic catalog for more information.

Part-time options


Interested in completing your JD on a part-time basis? Learn more about our flexible options.

Faculty Spotlight: Neal Feigenson

Portrait of Neal Feigenson, Law professor

Leading the discussion

Professor Neal Feigenson in the Ceremonial Courtroom at the Quinnipiac University School of Law Center. Feigenson recently published a book entitled "Experiencing Other Minds in the Courtroom" and teaches Evidence, Torts and Civil Procedure.

Understanding the courtroom

Neal Feigenson, professor of law, teaches Evidence, Torts and Civil Procedure, as well as Visual Persuasion in the Law. His recent research focuses on the uses and effects of visual evidence and argument in court.

In his new book, “Experiencing Other Minds in the Courtroom,” Feigenson addresses how digital simulations of a plaintiff’s impaired vision or hearing can help the jury to understand what it’s like to experience the world as the plaintiff does.

Listen to his podcast interview to learn more about Feigenson’s perspective on the impact of visuals and multimedia in the law.

Listen to the podcast

Admission Requirements

We’d love to meet you

From the moment you express interest in applying, you will discover what it means to become part of the Quinnipiac School of Law community.  Our approachable admissions staff will answer any questions you have and will help guide you through the process of applying and navigating your financial aid.

Unclear about the path between your education and a possible career? We’ll put you in touch with our faculty — even before you are admitted. You’ll be impressed with how much time and attention they’ll share with you.

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