Quinnipiac University

School of Law Career Development

Opportunities to build your professional expertise begin as soon as you step through the door of our law center. Professional development is woven through our JD curriculum, preparing you for the many dimensions of actual practice — and the complex situations faced by your future clients.

To practice law, first you have to practice

You will learn early how attorneys and judges process the challenges of day-to-day practice through hands-on exercises, including Gateway to Practice, an immersive two-day experience in which 1L students work in mock law firms alongside local practicing attorneys. As a 2L student, you can experience real-world practice through work in our legal clinics, consulting and even representing clients who otherwise may not be able to afford an attorney. You’ll also have your pick of more than 350 externship field sites.

Our career development office, staffed by lawyers with decades of experience, provides a range of counseling services. This includes resume and cover letter reviews, practice interviews and networking opportunities with area lawyers and fellow students. You’ll also benefit from our extensive network of more than 6,000 alumni who practice in Connecticut and beyond.

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Per Interpretation 509-2 of Standard 509, law schools may choose to publicize additional employment outcome data beyond what the Employment Protocols require. This additional data, per Standard 509, must be “complete, accurate, and not misleading to a reasonable law school student or applicant.” Law schools are expected to use “due diligence in obtaining and verifying such information.” The following additional employment outcome data has not been, and will not be, audited by the ABA. It is meant to supplement the annual ABA Employment Summary Report, which reflects the employment status of members of each graduating class as of the annual Graduate Employment Status Date of March 15. Please reference the 3 years of employment outcome data posted on the ABA Required Disclosures webpage of each ABA-Approved Law School or at the American Bar Association website.

By the Numbers

350 Externship Locations

The number of possible externships available to you.

81% Employment Rate*

Percentage of 2020 QU Law graduates employed 10 months after graduation.

48 Raising the Bar

Number of states Quinnipiac Law Alumni practice in.

*Information on employment outcomes for the Class of 2020 may not reflect a particular law school’s typical results in this area. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, bar admission exams were canceled or delayed in many jurisdictions, thus making it more challenging for graduates to secure employment by the annual Graduate Employment Status Date of March 15. Please reference the 3 years of employment outcome data posted on the ABA Required Disclosures webpage of each ABA-Approved Law School or at www.abarequireddisclosures.org

Career Development Office

Shelley Sadin, associate dean of professional and career development, speaks to a crowd
It’s not only what you know — it’s who knows you

Having a strong legal education and skills is the price of entry, but it doesn’t ensure access. To get the right job, you’ll need to put yourself in front of the right people. That’s where the Career Development Office comes in.

Specializing in legal careers, our career development counselors will help you connect with our strong network of professionals and alumni. At Quinnipiac, we continually work hard to build relationships with the best law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies and nonprofits to create opportunities to get you introduced.

  • Career counseling, including resume and cover letter review, and interview preparation
  • Coordination of student participation in off-campus job fairs and bar association functions
  • Legal career information forums
  • Web-based job listing service with a wide range of opportunities within and outside of Connecticut
  • The Day One Mentoring program: Pairs an admitted student with current students and a faculty member who offer guidance on everything related to first-year student life

Law Career Connections

Our students are highly educated and bring a wealth of skills and practical experience to the workplace. If you are interested in recruiting our students for internships or specific positions, we will work with you.

We welcome employers to post job opportunities on our student and alumni career website, Quinnipiac University Law Career Connections. All recruiting activity is governed by the School of Law’s policies which you can read here:

Career Development Office Policies & Procedures (PDF)

To post a job opportunity, please create a new account or login to your existing one here:

Submit an opportunity

Career Insights

CT Attorney General William Tong speaks at an event at the School of Law

It’s not enough to have the skills, students need connections. We create lots of opportunities for our students throughout their law school education to benefit from the experience of area legal experts including our network of more than 6,000 alumni in Connecticut and beyond.

During their three years with us, students may attend sessions to hear career insights from esteemed legal experts like Connecticut Attorney General William Tong. If they participate in Mock Trial, students benefit from the coaching of Quinnipiac Law alumni. There are also several networking events where students can meet and strike up conversations with alumni who may offer insights that guide them toward meaningful careers.

Experiential Opportunities

Four law students stand at the podium in the ceremonial court room during a conference

Our School of Law provides a dynamic, hands-on and personalized education that emphasizes personal and professional development. While externships are an integral part of this approach, there are also a variety of other programs, clinics and other resources for engaged learning both on campus and abroad.

  • Tax Law Society’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program
  • Two centers that offer professional training, conferences, panel discussions, lectures and networking opportunities:
    • Center on Dispute Resolution
    • Center for Health Law and Policy
  • Clinics
    • Civil Justice Clinic
    • Tax Clinic
    • Defense Appellate Clinic
    • Prosecution Appellate Clinic
    • Advanced Clinic
    • Evening Clinic: Veterans Law Project
  • Human Trafficking Prevention Project (HTPP)
  • Public Interest Law Project (PILP)
  • Law Journals
    • Quinnipiac Health Law Journal
    • Quinnipiac Law Review
    • Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal
  • Student societies that sponsor networking events and other opportunities, including:
    • Criminal Law Society
    • Women’s Law Society
    • Tax Law Society
    • Family and Juvenile Law Society
    • International Human Rights Law Society
  • Global Learning Opportunities:
    • Two-week human rights workshop and immersive learning experience through the University of Oxford in England
    • Ireland Summer Program held at Trinity College in Dublin

Employment by Industry

The 104 employed graduates of the Class of 2020 were employed in the following industries:

QU Law Class of 2020 (of 104 employed)

  • Law Firm: 51%
  • Business or Industry: 20%
  • Government: 12%
  • Clerkship: 10%
  • Education: 5%
  • Public Interest: 3%

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Quinnipiac University School of Law
370 Bassett Road
North Haven, Connecticut 06473

By Mail

Quinnipiac University School of Law
Law School Career Development Office
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, Connecticut 06518

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