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

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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
A combination of core and general electives 1 12-17
 Credits12-17
Spring Semester
A combination of core and general electives 1 12-17
 Credits12-17
 Total Credits54-64
1

Full-time students must take at least 9 credits of core electives in the second year.

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 3-4
 Credits10-11
Spring Semester
LAWS 110 Constitutional Law 4
Core and General Electives 1 6-7
 Credits10-11
Third Year
Fall Semester
Core and General Electives 10-11
 Credits10-11
Spring Semester
Core and General Electives 10-11
 Credits10-11
 Total Credits59-63
1

Part-time students may take fewer core elective credits in the second year if they have taken one or more core electives in the summer between the first and second years.

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