First Year of the Full-Time J.D. Program

While first-year law students may need to adapt to a new curriculum and way of thinking, the dedicated faculty and welcoming student body at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University help students adjust and introduce them to the law. Inside the classroom, the curriculum grounds students in legal theory and develops the skills necessary to succeed as an attorney.

The Academic Success Program guides 1Ls in adjusting to the new style of learning and writing demanded by the study of law. Its Skills Workshops help first-years master the fundamental techniques and habits essential for law school achievement. Individual skills development, academic counseling and legal writing assistance are also available.

Beyond the classroom, learning is enhanced as 1Ls get involved with organizations designed to help them explore different areas of the law, meet like-minded classmates and build their resumes. Hofstra Law’s student organizations have a tradition of making a difference in the lives of the people they serve as counselors to those in need, conveners of thought leadership, contributors of ideas, mentors to young people and friends to the business community.

Downtime on campus could include anything from a bracing workout — in the pool, on the track or in the weight room — to a shared meal among students and faculty in one of the many cafes and dining rooms on the campus. Off-campus destinations might include touring the North Fork wineries, going on a fishing trip in Montauk or attending a cultural event in Manhattan.