The School of Law at Seton Hall University

By | March 2, 2019

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Gisele Joachim
Application deadline April 1
Full-time program application fee $65
Part-time program application fee $65
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The School of Law at Seton Hall University

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 48.4% – High
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.50
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 159

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 53.8%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 157-162
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.31-3.67
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.52
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 160

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 25.8%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 149-155
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.96-3.56
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.23
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 152

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.D.
M.S.J./M.D.
J.D./M.A.D.I.R.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Our Center for Social Justice represents disadvantaged clients in diverse legal matters. We offer a JD concentration and LLM in Health Law through our Health Law & Policy Program and a JD concentration and LLM in Intellectual Property through our Institute of Law, Science & Technology. Students participate in for-credit internships in state, federal and international courts and agencies.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 156
Seminars 31
Positions available in seminars 496
Positions available in simulation courses 1,505
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 132
Student activities (as provided by the school)
The Law School promotes student participation in Scholarship, Law Review, Legislative Journal, Sports & Entertainment Journal, Circuit Review and national moot court competitions. The School sponsors study abroad programs to Egypt, Zanzibar, Jordan, Belgium/Switzerland and France/Switzerland. Students also participate in organizations committed to public service and diverse professional interests.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 65
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 255
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 885
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 118
Full-time students involved in field placements 157
Full-time students involved in law journals 150
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 55
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 3

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 50
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 132
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 354
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 12
Part-time students involved in field placements 39
Part-time students involved in law journals 14
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 16
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 0

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 14.5:1 – Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 128
Full-time minority faculty 20.4%
Part-time minority faculty 10.1%
Total faculty 140
Total faculty (men) 57.1%
Total faculty (women) 42.9%
Total faculty (minorities) 13.6%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#69 Best Law Schools

(3) Ranking by Specialties

#5 in Healthcare Law
#96 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#35 in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 48
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.5
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.9
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.22-3.66
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.50
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 155-161
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 159
Acceptance rate 48.4% – High
Student-faculty ratio 14.5:1 – Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 65.0% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 85.6% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 91.4% – Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NJ
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 82.3%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 983

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 673

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 310

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 5.8%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 3.3%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 2.6%
Female students discontinuing law school 3.3%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Karen Sokol
Financial aid phone (973) 642-8850
Financial aid application deadline April 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $46,840 per year
Part-time: $35,340 per year
Room and board $13,725
Books $1,500
Miscellaneous expenses $6,123
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? No
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 25.0%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 28.5%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 5.6%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $25,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $15,000–$35,000
Full-time students receiving grants 59.1%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 19.0%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 9.0%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $10,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $5,000–$22,500
Part-time students receiving grants 28.1%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $113,100
Proportion who borrowed 82.6%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 95,839
Microform titles 108,739
Electronic titles 224,631
Other non-book titles 1,076
Total titles 430,285
Volumes (excluding microforms) 293,715
Volume equivalent microforms 159,677
Total volumes and volume equivalents 453,392
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 81
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 73
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 8
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 73
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 10
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 79
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 71
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 8
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 71
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 0

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 5
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 10
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 0
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? Yes

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 54,606
Total seats available for library users 603
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The Rodino Law Library is a state-of-the-art research facility featuring an array of resources with emphasis on the Health and Intellectual Property Law Collections. The Law Library prides itself on its responsiveness to the information needs of the faculty and student body, both legal and interdisciplinary and regardless of format. The Library is the heart of Seton Hall’s intellectual community.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NJ
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 91.4% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 82.3%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 320
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 65.0%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 85.6%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 21.9%
Graduates whose employment status is known 78.1%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 65.0%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 0.9%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 11.6%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.6%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.3%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.8%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 85.6%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 0.9%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 11.6%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.6%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $85,000
Median private sector starting salary $120,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 35%
Median public service starting salary $42,172

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 0.7%
Percent employed in business and industry 12.0%
Percent employed in government 6.2%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 36.5%
Percent employed in law firms 40.9%
Percent employed in public interest 2.2%
Percent employed in an unknown field 1.5%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 66%
Graduates employed out-of-state 23.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 12
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.7%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 85.4%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.7%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 0.4%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 0.4%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 1.5%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 0.0%
Employment location unknown 10.2%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations OCS assists students through several programs including our annual Fall and Spring On-Campus Interview/Resume Referral Programs. We provide individual career counseling sessions to students and alumni, host programs and networking events, and offer a Mock Interview Program. OCS also participates in job fairs, prepares monthly student newsletters and maintains an on-line employment database.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 91.9%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 93.7%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 2.7%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 85.7%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 6.1%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 68.8%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 0.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions N/A