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The Seton Hall University School of Law (also known as Seton Hall Law) is part of Seton Hall Universitymarker, and is located in downtown Newarkmarker. Seton Hall Law School is one of only three law schools in New Jersey. Founded in 1951, it is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), and is also a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

Seton Hall Law School consistently has the highest bar passage rate of the law schools in New Jersey. For 2010, the U.S. News and World Report ranked the school 77th among the ABA's 180 law schools in the nation, a decline from its 2009 ranking in the same publication of 66th. Its Health Law program, which also offers an L.L.M. degree, is ranked 4th in the nation. In 2009, the school will begin to offer an L.L.M. program in Intellectual Property as well. The school was also ranked as having one of the highest rates of employment at graduation placing 19th with 92.1% (and 97% after nine months).

According to the 2008 edition of the ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools, employed graduates accepted various positions that are detailed below in percentage terms.38.9% Law Firms,38.9% Judicial Clerks,11.1% Business and Industry,5.7% Government,1.8% Public Interest,0.3% Academia


Seton Hall University School of Law was founded in 1951 and was fully accredited by the American Bar Association in that same year. The school is part of Seton Hall Universitymarker. In September 2007, The Wall Street Journal published an article regarding the waning job market for U.S. lawyers, and questioning the integrity of law schools’ employment data and marketing campaigns, mentioning Seton Hall Law School, among others.


The J.D. degree program of 85 credits can be pursued as a day student in three years or as a part-time day or evening student in 4 years.

According to the 2008 edition of the ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools, 359 students matriculated to the law school last year. 53% of the first year class entered on a full-time basis. 47% of the first year class entered on a part-time basis.

The school offers several joint degree programs with other faculties of the University. For example, there is a combined J.D./M.A. (or MADIR) program with the University's Whitehead School of Diplomacy. Through the school's alliance with UNA-USA, law students have a unique access to the United Nations. Students also have the opportunity to intern/extern with various U.N. organizations, NGOs, foreign missions and international law firms. Seton Hall Law also offers study abroad opportunities in Egypt, Ireland, Italy and Tanzania.


Many students commute from around the New York metropolitan areamarker; however, the Union Building, Renaissance Towers, and 1180 all house Seton Hall Law students. The school's location is very convenient for commuters, as it is 1.5 blocks from Penn Station Newarkmarker and a 20 minute ride to Manhattanmarker.

Student Organizations

Throughout the year, the SBA and other student organizations sponsor a variety of practical, social and educational events.

To receive approval as a student organization, the organization must have a written Constitution and Bylaws which ensure full compliance with the university's non-discrimination policy and to ensure procedures, such as election of officers, are done in accordance with the SBA Constitution and Bylaws (for example, that officers are democratically elected by the members).

Membership in all approved student organizations is available to all students without regard to gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. Some organizations (example: Phi Alpha Delta, the law fraternity) have national affiliations which require payment of dues, but payment of dues to the national organization is not required to be a member of the student organization.

The SBA provides much of the funding for student organizations, though many of the more active groups engage in separate fundraising to finance their functions and activities. If you have any questions about one of the approved student organizations, contact the group's president. If there is a hyperlink below, it will take you to the organization's Web site. If the organization has a national Web site, it is also indicated with a link.

Finally, the American Bar Association offers student membership to all students at Seton Hall University School of Law because it is an ABA-accredited law school. Please visit the ABA Website to obtain information on student membership in the ABA and its various sections, divisions and departments.

Organization Websites

Alternative Dispute Resolution

American Constitution Society (ACS)

American Trial Lawyers Association

Arts Law Society

Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)

Black Law Students' Association (BLSA)

Christian Legal Fellowship

Corporate Law Society

Criminal Law Society

Law Society

Seton Hall University School of Law Entertainment and Sports Law Society

Environmental Law Society

Family Law Society

Federalist Society

Haiti Rule of Law

Health Law Forum

Intellectual Property Law Association (IPLA)

International Law Society (ILS)

Interscholastic Moot Court Board

Irish American Law Students Association (IALSA)

J. Reuben Clark Society

Jewish Law Students Association (JLS)

Lambda Law Forum

Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA)

Litigation Society

Master of Science in Jurisprudence Organization

Muslim Students Association (MSA)

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD)

Public Interest Network (PIN)

Real Estate Law Society

Rodino Society

Seton Hall Law Democrats

Seton Hall Law Republicans

St. Thomas More Society

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)

Student Bar Association

Student Outreach Society (SOS)

Tax Law Society

Women's Law Forum (WLF)

Notable alumni

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