Founded in 1970, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University has earned an international reputation for success. Hofstra Law is part of a vibrant university community that offers educational, cultural and recreational opportunities in an interdisciplinary environment. Our students are taught to analyze and communicate as lawyers should and they graduate ready to practice in any area of the law in any jurisdiction in the country.
Kushner Hall and Koppelman Hall contain most of Hofstra Law’s classrooms, faculty offices and administrative offices, as well as the Law Library, which is on the first floor, and lower lobby. Also on the first floor are the LLT Lab and Studio (Room 113) and the Office of Academic Records and Registrar (Room 114).
Hofstra Law’s Office of Career Services (Suite 250), the Dean’s Suite (Suite 244) and the Office of Student Affairs (Suite 203) are on the second floor. This floor also contains the Student Lounge (Room 230), the Weitz & Luxenberg Trial Courtroom (Room 202) and the bulk of Hofstra Law’s classrooms, from small, intimate spaces to large lecture halls.
The Sidney R. Siben and Walter Siben Moot Courtroom (Room 308), which is on the third floor, serves as a lecture hall as well as a center for academic endeavors and notable events at Hofstra Law, including public lectures and conferences.
Computer Research Laboratory (Room 100E)
The Computer Research Lab is located outside the Law Library. (A second lab is located on the lower level of the Law Library.) The Computer Research Lab is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, using your student ID card. Its computers provide access to email, word processing, Lexis, Westlaw, the Internet and CALI (Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction).
LLT Lab and Studio (Room 113)
The Research Laboratory for Law, Logic and Technology, or LLT Lab, established and run by Professor Vern Walker, is dedicated to developing and making available tools that make legal practice and legal education more effective and more efficient. The LLT Lab uses logic-based methodology to scale up resources, take a team approach to research and conduct comparative research.
Office of Academic Records and Registrar (Room 114)
The Office of Academic Records and Registrar assists all Hofstra Law students in achieving their academic goals. Students come here for scheduling issues, grades and transcripts, and advising on academic programs.
Leeds, Morelli & Brown Atrium
Renovated in 2008, this sun-drenched space serves both as a inviting place for study and collaboration and as a unique venue for events and guest speakers.
Office of Career Services (Suite 250)
There are four career counselors available to provide guidance and counseling to students and alumni. The OCS is equipped with private interview rooms for law firms to conduct on-campus interviews. The OCS maintains an extensive library of career-planning resources, directories and other information to assist in exploring employment opportunities and conducting job searches.
Dean’s Suite (Suite 244)
This suite houses the offices of many of the senior administrators at Hofstra Law, including Dean Eric Lane. Dean Lane endeavors to maintain frequent contact with students and meets regularly with the Student Bar Association and student groups.
Student Lounge (Room 230)
Recently renovated, the lounge offers students a casual environment for collaborative learning and group study. Within the lounge area are a refrigerator, microwaves, coffee and snack machines, and a television.
Weitz & Luxenberg Trial Courtroom (Room 202)
This courtroom is used for trial advocacy programs as well as student training in classes throughout the year.
Office of Student Affairs (Suite 203)
The Office of Student Affairs is dedicated to providing students with the assistance, support and guidance they need to thrive in the demanding law school environment. The office addresses quality-of-life issues for students and provides a range of services, including academic advisement, disability accommodations and support for student groups and journals. While you’re here, pick up a copy of the Law Student Handbook to get a sense of services offered by Hofstra Law and the University.
Many of the classrooms for Hofstra Law can be found throughout the second floor. From small intimate classrooms to large lecture halls, all of our classrooms are equipped with technology to enhance the learning experience for students. Each room offers computer/video projection, document cameras, microphones and docking stations for laptops.
Sidney R. Siben and Walter Siben Moot Courtroom (Room 308)
The moot courtroom serves as a center for academic endeavors and notable events at Hofstra Law. The professional judge’s bench and jury box provide an ideal environment for trial techniques courses, trial team preparation and mock hearings.
In addition to daily classroom use, the moot courtroom is also an excellent forum for public lectures and conferences featuring distinguished judges, academicians and attorneys. Prominent among such events is the Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professorship in Family Law Lecture.
The Law Library is one of the most outstanding law libraries in the metropolitan area. While the library’s primary goal is to support the curriculum and research needs of Hofstra Law’s students and faculty, it also serves the University community and members of the bar, who are drawn to the library by the quality of its collection and the caliber of its librarians.
The Law Library includes 12 study rooms and one computer research laboratory equipped with 36 personal computers. Staffed with 11 professional librarians, eight of whom hold a J.D., the library is open seven days a week. The Law Library is a significant member of the Hofstra University Library system, which is among the 5 percent of American university collections that contain more than one million volumes. All of Hofstra’s library facilities, including the approximately 1.2 million volumes in the Axinn Library, are available for use by Hofstra Law students.
Office of Enrollment Management
Every year, the Admissions Office visits nearly 130 cities and institutions to introduce Hofstra Law to prospective applicants. Also located within the Enrollment Management office is the Office of Financial Aid, which works to provide financial assistance to students whose personal resources are insufficient to meet the cost of law school. More than 50 percent of full-time J.D. students qualify for some type of direct Hofstra Law institutional aid.
Hofstra Law’s clinical program began more than 30 years ago in a second-floor walk-up above a fish store in the center of Hempstead. Hofstra Law was a pioneer in fully integrating clinical education into a law school curriculum, and by the late 1970s, it had one of the largest clinical programs in the nation. Hofstra Law hosts seven clinics that offer students the chance to practice law with real clients and serve the community that surrounds them.
Student Organizations Lounge
The lounge is designed to be a welcoming meeting space for the more than 30 student organizations and journals. It is set up with comfortable seating, phones, copier/printer, sink, cabinets, refrigerator and an adjoining conference room. The lounge also has a storage room for the various journals and organizations.
Student Office Space (Rooms 021 And 022)
Hofstra Law has set aside this space for the Student Bar Association and the Moot Court Association to conduct daily business and meetings. The Moot Court Association prepares students’ appellate and oral advocacy skills. Each year the most competitive teams are sent to competitions. The Student Bar Association is an elected group of students who liaise with the Hofstra Law administration to represent the interests of students in every aspect of law school life. The space is equipped with all the needs of day-to-day operations: computers, printers and telephones.
Journal Suites (Rooms 017, 020, 024 and 025)
Hofstra Law’s prestigious journals are set up in this suite of offices. The Hofstra Law Review, Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, Family Court Review, Journal of International Business and Law and ACTEC Law Journal have their own personal office suites. These top-ranked journals are provided cubicles for staff members, conference space and private offices for the editorial board. Each office is equipped with computers, printers and telephones.
Seminar Room (Room 023)
Hofstra Law has its own 12-person seminar room for small seminar classes, such as Professor Monroe Freedman’s seminar on contracts. When not in use as a seminar room, it doubles as a conference room for student publications and student organizations.
Hofstra University offers a variety of on-campus housing options for our incoming and current student populations. We encourage you to learn about living options in residence halls and University apartments, how housing assignments are made and the advantages of accepting your offer of admission as early as possible to be guaranteed on-campus housing.
After accepting your offer of admission and paying your security deposits, you will need to submit a University housing application, which is available online at www.hofstra.edu/ResLife.
The graduate student complex houses predominantly law students, but may also house other graduate students who attend Hofstra University. The complex opened in the fall of 2008. This five-story building offers suite-style apartment living and is on the North Campus, between Constitution and Alliance halls. Each suite has multiple bedrooms, shared common spaces, kitchenettes and bathrooms. The hall houses single- and double-occupancy bedrooms within two-, three- and four-bedroom suites. Each common area includes a couch, love seat and coffee tables. The kitchenettes have a stove-top burner, refrigerator, microwave and dining table with chairs. If you prefer off-campus housing, the University’s Office of Off-Campus Living and Commuting Student Services offers a housing list, available at www.hofstra.edu/Commuting.
Situated on the 240-acre Hofstra University campus, Hofstra Law’s location gives students access to the resources available throughout the Hofstra community. During the academic year, the campus is a bustling environment with theatrical performances, concerts, sporting events and academic lectures, not to mention attractions at the Nassau Coliseum, just steps from campus.
Hofstra offers an extensive intercollegiate program as well as recreational facilities. An indoor, heated, Olympic-size swimming pool is available for student use. The campus Fitness Center, recently renovated and expanded, is a beautiful student facility that features: state-of-the-art cardio and Cybex weight training machines, a Cycle Studio, a Yoga/Pilates Studio, an Aerobics Room, an indoor track, a six-hoop gymnasium, boxing areas, a computer station and a lounge area. Group exercise classes, along with intramural and club sports, are available throughout the academic year to help you to stay fit and healthy while at Hofstra.
Children of Hofstra students are eligible to enroll in the Child Care Institute on campus. The facility offers infant day care as well as an educational program for children 2 to 5 years of age on Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, please call 516-463-5194.
Hofstra Dining Services has 20 campus locations that are conveniently situated. Some of the dining offerings are Au Bon Pain, California Pizza Kitchen, Taro 13, Eli’s Kosher Kitchen and Subway. For the law student on the run, the Law School Kiosk in the foyer outside the Law Library offers sandwiches, wraps, salads, fresh juice, coffee and muffins.
During the academic year, the Hofstra Health and Wellness Center is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-6:45 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Physicians, nurse practitioners and registered nurses staff the center. In accordance with New York state law, all students must complete and return the Medical Record Form before matriculating. You can print the Medical Record Form from the center’s website.