With the changing legal market, both employers and law students are now demanding experiential learning opportunities that will better prepare graduates for today’s job market. At Hofstra Law, we have developed courses that better position our students to engage in project management and business development, to understand the power of technology for representing clients and to increase their exposure to the practice of law in a global community.
Hofstra Law is one of only a few U.S. law schools to require Transnational Law as a first-year course. We have also developed new electives: The Business of Lawyering, E-Discovery Practice, and Computer Technology in Legal Practice.
Recognizing that the well-rounded graduate needs to apply classroom theory to real-world situations, Hofstra Law offers extensive skills- and simulation-based training that teaches students to practice law. Our Externship Program allows students to develop practical lawyering skills and connections with practicing attorneys while building legal experience. Hofstra Law recently launched a new semester-long externship program in Washington, D.C.
The Hofstra Law in D.C. (HLDC) Externship Program’s overarching goal is to enable students to blend their substantive doctrinal training with the development of practical skills and professional identity.
The Professional Success and Leadership Development Program teaches students how to communicate their unique skills, abilities and leadership styles to differentiate themselves in an increasingly competitive and entrepreneurial legal marketplace.
Students also learn how to communicate these distinct characteristics and differentiators to compete and convey their relevance in an increasingly competitive, entrepreneurial and technologically sophisticated global legal marketplace. The program enables Hofstra Law graduates to enter the workplace and immediately contribute in substantive ways, and ultimately to make a powerful, authentic and confident mark in the legal community.
The program’s signature event is the annual Success Strategies Boot Camp.
Child Advocacy Clinic students learn the facets of client advocacy through the challenging experience of representing children in abuse and neglect cases, and special immigrant juvenile matters. Students advocate in New York City and Nassau Family Courts on behalf of children in cases where the allegations range from physical and sexual abuse to educational neglect, abandonment and inadequate supervision.