Our Work

Overview

The difference we make

Our experiential approach works. When our students go to Nicaragua each spring to help lead a cross-cultural legal conference, they also go to serve local communities. From providing the legal legwork that helped repeal Connecticut’s death penalty to authoring game-changing papers on the state’s same-sex marriage policy, our students, faculty and alumni are deeply engaged in influencing the issues of our time.

Our Influence

Lending a hand

Taylor Wolff, a second-year student in the School of Law, volunteers with the Tax Law Society sorting donated produce at the Connecticut Food Bank.

Our people make a difference


Our students contribute original research to three student journals. Our moot court and mock trial teams compete in regional and national competitions. Our students, our faculty and our alumni directly touch the lives of people, ethically and effectively.

 

“To speak before the legislature on an issue I’m passionate about was an incredibly enriching experience.”
Ali Toumekian ’16

Around the World

Law students can strengthen both their personal and professional skills by participating in several international programs. A popular month-long summer session at venerable Trinity College in Dublin gives students the opportunity to live on the historic campus, visit famous Irish legal institutions, and learn about international law, from both Quinnipiac and Trinity faculty.

Each May, members of the the International Human Rights Law Society host an international, interdisciplinary legal conference at a Nicaraguan law school. The focus is different each year, ranging from issues such as domestic violence to unsafe working conditions. In the past, several IHR students were named as Oxford Fellows and traveled abroad to attend seminars at the prestigious university. 

Publications

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. Our three journals allow students to participate in the editorial process, write a substantial note or casenote, and earn academic credit for journal-related work.

Quinnipiac Law Review

Health Law Journal

Probate Law Journal

Speaking up

School of Law Dean Jennifer Brown is a regular speaker at Quinnipiac Law Review and Journal events.

Centers

No disputing it

Professor Carrie Kaas, co-director of the Quinnipiac Center on Dispute Resolution, conducts a mediation simulation.

Center on Dispute Resolution


In our civilized society, law is how we divide our rights and responsibilities. It’s how we create policies and regulations and — importantly — it’s how we agree and how we resolve disagreement. Quinnipiac’s Center on Dispute Resolution focuses on integrating the theory and practice of dispute resolution. Since 1988, the center has created extraordinary opportunities for both professionals and law students to engage in dialogue and attend special training. Our graduates bring creative and compassionate problem-solving to an increasingly polarized world.

Center for Health Law and Policy


Bringing lawyers into health care delivery leads to a transfusion of new ideas. Health law has been an important focus at Quinnipiac long before the Affordable Care Act became law. Now the field is burgeoning — and Quinnipiac, with its Schools of Medicine and Health Sciences just down the hall from the law school, is preparing just the kind of interdisciplinary professionals our national health care system so urgently needs. Because you can’t help solve an industry’s complex problems without educating the change agents who will be the problem solvers. 

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Cross-Pollination

The Lynne L. Pantalena Law Library provides a place to discuss current issues.

Research

Attorney Kristin Connors works with a group of Quinnipiac University School of Law first year students Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2015, during the School of Law's January Term which gives law students hands-on experience with practicing attorneys. (Autumn Driscoll/Quinnipiac University)

Research

Research

Quinnipiac Law Professor Neal Feigenson’s 2016 publication of Experiencing Other Minds in the Courtroom explores fundamental questions about how a jury can possibly know what another person experiences. Neal is one of many faculty members who publish in professional journals in many areas of law.

“A first-rate, original piece of scholarship, Experiencing Other Minds in the Courtroom breaks new and exciting ground in the field of tort law. Feigenson’s erudition is extraordinary.”
Neil Vidmar
Duke University School of Law

Faculty

Professor John Thomas, in his element

Professor Thomas balances his passion for teaching and law research with his love of guitars and their rich history. Sometimes, the three intersect.

Professor John Thomas keeps it real. The Carmen A. Tortora Professor of Law, he is responsible for more than 170 publications ranging in topic from gun violence and U.S.-Mexico relations, to health policy, autism and juvenile justice. Thomas also heads five nonprofit organizations, including The Buddy Holly Guitar Foundation.

An avid guitar player and historian, his research on the women who built Gibson’s World War II-era guitars culminated in his book “Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of Extraordinary Women and Gibson’s ‘Banner’ Guitars of WWII” (American History Press, 2012). This research also formed the basis of his “X-Ray Project,” which used diagnostic imaging techniques to illustrate the superior quality of guitars crafted by female luthiers. Slides from the X-Ray Project also featured prominently in Thomas’ art show, “Vintage Steel: the Art and History of the American Steel String Guitar,” which premiered at the River Street Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut.

“Over the past decade, I’ve been volunteering my services to anyone who approaches me with a proposal to create an interesting and worthwhile charity. I’ve now created five nonprofits.”
Professor John Thomas

Clinics

Opportunities abound to apply classroom lessons to solving real-world legal problems. Six on-campus clinics are supervised by full-time faculty and combine casework with a classroom component. Some clinic students represent incarcerated criminal defendants appealing convictions for non-capital offenses; some investigate when a grievance has been filed against a lawyer. Others work in tax clinics providing no-cost legal services to local, low-income people. 

Externship courses — there are 15 options — provide more than 300 possible placements a year with lawyers, judges and mediators.  Whether your legal interests lie in health, sports and entertainment, environmental, family law or a multitude of other specialties, you can use your second and third years of law school to take advantage of Connecticut's liberal student-practice rule, as well as Quinnipiac's abundant contacts in the legal community, to gain top-notch legal experience.

Hands-on opportunities

Professor Sarah Russell and law student Lindsay Keeler at the Quinnipiac School of Law legal clinic.

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