Overview

We’re shaping a new generation of lawyers who have the specialized expertise and strong foundation in the law that are necessary to meet the challenges of a 21st-century legal system.

Program Overview

Explore many aspects of law

Our JD program provides a breadth and depth of knowledge that you'll bring to whatever areas of the law you choose to pursue. From corporate or tax law to intellectual property or criminal defense litigation, we’ll teach you to translate theory into practice. You can complete the degree on a schedule that works best for you, either full time during the day, part time at night, or with a flexible schedule.

After completing your first year, you can focus on particular areas of interest to you, and you’ll have the option to chart a specialized path through one of eight distinct concentrations, including:

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.

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

By The Numbers

82%


Well prepared

Percentage of students who passed the Connecticut Bar as first-time test takers in July 2018

11:1


Individualized instruction

Small class sizes encourage one-on-one instruction that focuses on your success

3.46


Strong focus

Median GPA of 2018 1L students

152


Well placed

Average Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score of 2018 JD students

Faculty Spotlight

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

Curriculum and Requirements

A large group of students and faculty seated in a courtroom for a mock trial.

Practice makes perfect

Rows of people sitting in the Quinnipiac Law Ceremonial Courtroom

Photograph

Full-time Curriculum

Full-time students generally attend Quinnipiac School of Law for 3 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 4 of the 6 core electives. In addition, students must take the course in Lawyers' Professional Responsibility and satisfy the experiential learning requirement and the advanced writing requirement.

Additional course details

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
1

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. 

2

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. 

Part-time Curriculum

Part-time students generally attend the School of Law for 4 years, including 1 or 2 summer sessions, and are required to complete 86 credits. Students who study part-time typically take courses in the evening, but may also enroll in day classes if space is available.

All part-time students are required to take the prescribed program of required courses listed below and 4 of the 6 core electives. In addition, students must take the course in Lawyers' Professional Responsibility and satisfy the experiential learning requirement and the advanced writing requirement.

Part-Time Juris Doctor Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
LAWS 101 Civil Procedure I 2
LAWS 103 Contracts I 2
LAWS 107 Torts 4
LAWS 111 Legal Skills I 2
 Credits10
Spring Semester
LAWS 102 Civil Procedure II 3
LAWS 104 Contracts II 4
LAWS 112 Legal Skills II 2
 Credits9
Second Year
Fall Semester
LAWS 105 Property 4
LAWS 113 Criminal Law 3
Core Elective 1 4
 Credits11
Spring Semester
LAWS 110 Constitutional Law 4
Core Elective 1 4
Experiential Course 3 3
 Credits11
Summer Semester
Core Elective / General Elective 2 3
 Credits3
Third Year
Fall Semester
Core Elective 1 4
Experiential Course 3 2
General Electives 4
 Credits10
Spring Semester
Core Elective 1 4
Experiential Course 3 2
General Electives 4
 Credits10
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Core Elective 1 3
Experiential Course 3 2
General Electives 6
 Credits11
Spring Semester
Core Elective 1 4
Generals Electives 7
 Credits11
 Total Credits86
1

Part-time students must take 2 core electives by the end of the second year. Fewer core elective credits in the second year can be taken if one or more core electives in the summer between the first and second years have been completed.

Core electives are:

LAWS*114 - Administrative Law - 3 credits. 

LAWS*205 - Business Organizations - 4 credits. 

LAWS*305 - Federal Income Tax - 4 credits. 

LAWS*307 - Trusts & Estates - 3 credits. 

LAWS*311 - Evidence - 3 credits.

LAWS*323 - Commercial Law - 4 credits. 

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

2

Taking at least one summer course over the course of study will be necessary to reach the required 86 credits needed for graduation by the end of your fourth year.

3

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
Refer to the School of Law Academic Catalog for more information.