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Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, New York

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All About Hofstra University School Of Law And Its Clinical Programs For Legal Education And Legal Services With Information About Securities-Related Claims, Community-Based Organizations, Low-Income Communities, Child Advocacy, Criminal Justice.

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                           Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, New York
                           [By Jen Woods]
                           In the early 1970s, Hofstra University School of Law became one of the first schools to open a law clinic, and today it has
                           one of the largest programs in the country.




The clinical program is an integral               to help students improve their interviewing,        Hofstra University School of Law is ranked
component of the university’s curriculum.         counseling, negotiation, mediation, fact            in the third tier of law schools according to
“Our growing clinical and skills training         investigation, and trial techniques.                the U.S. News & World Report 2007 Graduate
programs provide our students with                                                                    School Rankings. Each year, the school
invaluable experience that truly defines their    Hofstra University’s law school offers a            admits about 35% of applicants. Last year,
legal education,” said Aaron Twerski, the law     J.D. degree, as well as two joint degrees:          approximately 4,800 prospective students
school’s dean. Students who participate in        a J.D./M.B.A. and a J.D./M.S. in Taxation.          applied to fill the 425 first-year openings.
clinical programs provide legal services to       Part-time day and evening J.D. programs,            The average undergraduate GPA of admitted
low-income and disadvantaged clients in the       as well as graduate degree programs, are            students is 3.5, and the average LSAT score
surrounding communities of Nassau County.         also available. In addition, students can earn      ranges from 55 to 60.
                                                  LL.M. degrees in international law, American
The experience students gain at the clinics       law (for foreign law school graduates), and         Currently, about ,000 students are enrolled
prepares them to enter the workforce.             family law. In the fall of 2007, the school         in the law school, which has a 9: student to
According to the university’s website, about      plans to begin offering an LL.M. in Real            faculty ratio. The school has 33 full-time and
98% of Hofstra graduates are employed             Estate and Development Law.                         45 part-time faculty members.
within six months of graduation, and 70% of
                                                                                                      Founded in 970, Hofstra was accredited by the
graduates work in Manhattan.                      The university publishes a scholarly journal
                                                                                                      American Bar Association in 97. The school
                                                  entitled Hofstra Law Review. Established in
                                                                                th                    is located in Hempstead, Long Island, just 25
In August, the school launched two new            973, it is currently in its 34 volume. Every
                                                                                                      miles east of Manhattan. The Long Island
clinical programs: the Securities Arbitration     year, students in the top 5% of the first-
                                                                                                      Railroad, which is two miles from campus,
Clinic and the Community and Economic             year class and five winners of the journal’s
                                                                                                      provides access to New York City. In addition,
Development Clinic.                               annual writing competition are invited to join
                                                                                                      both the John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia
                                                  the Law Review. Additional members are
The Securities Arbitration Clinic provides                                                            airports are within 30 minutes of the campus.
                                                  selected based on their GPAs and writing
students with hands-on experience with            competition scores.
                                                                                                      Notable Hofstra alumni include New York
securities-related claims that are subject
                                                                                                      State Senate Minority Leader and 2006
to arbitration agreements. Since the clinic       Students also have opportunities to study in
                                                                                                      Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor
is limited to 6 students, each participant       foreign countries during the summer and
                                                                                                      David Paterson; founder of the leading
receives individual supervision and mentoring.    winter months. In the summer, students
                                                                                                      plaintiffs’ law firm Weitz & Luxenberg Perry
                                                  can take classes in Nice, France; Sorrento,
                                                                                                      Weitz; and United States Court of Appeals
Students involved in the Community                Italy; and Sydney, Australia. In the winter,
                                                                                                      Judge Maryanne Trump Barry.
and Economic Development Clinic help              students can take classes in Curacao in the
nonprofits, community-based organizations,        Netherlands Antilles.
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and micro-enterprises in low-income
communities with legal transactions.              Hofstra is also a founding member of the            Hofstra University School of Law
                                                  European American Consortium for Legal              www.hofstra.edu/Academics/Law/index_law.cfm
The school also offers clinics focusing on        Education (EACLE), which allows students
child advocacy, criminal justice, housing         to participate in semester-long exchange            Town of Hempstead, Long Island, NY
rights, mediation, and political asylum.          programs with any of the EACLE member               www.townofhempstead.org
The clinics are one-semester, six-credit          institutions. Member institutions are located
                                                                                                      Hofstra Law Review
courses. Each clinic also includes a two-         in cities such as Helsinki, Finland; Rotterdam,
                                                                                                      www.hofstra.edu/Academics/Law/LawRev/
hour weekly classroom seminar designed            Netherlands; and Warsaw, Poland.
                                                                                                      index_LawRev.cfm

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