Active involvement with student organizations and journals at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University is critical to your development as a well-rounded professional.
Student organizations offer opportunities to hone and demonstrate many skills that are highly desired by employers, including leadership, team building, communication and creative problem-solving. Student organizations that are practice-area-focused also present you with opportunities to learn more about these different areas of practice.
Membership on one of Hofstra Law’s journals provides the opportunity to develop, among many other things, your research, writing and critical-thinking skills.
Participation in a student organization or on a journal also offers extensive networking opportunities with Hofstra Law alumni and other legal professionals.
The Hofstra Intellectual Property Law Association is a law-student organization helping members connect with IP law practitioners in the local community, explore career opportunities and learn about the IP law field. This organization creates a venue for students to discuss trademark, copyright, patent, unfair competition and other issues related to IP law. The organization creates a venue to discuss recent developments and recent trends in this ever changing field and helps students develop contacts with local IP law practitioners and alumni.
The Hofstra Law Business Law Society (HLBLS) is a student-run organization aimed at establishing a forum for extracurricular education on the various topics of business law and cultivating relationships with students, faculty, alumni and practitioners in the business law world. HLBLS’s biannual publication, The Business Law Letter, and its distinguished lecture series are both aimed at achieving these goals.
The Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal is a scholarly journal devoted to various aspects of labor and employment law. Legal practitioners and scholars are given the opportunity to submit articles for publication in this specialized field of law. In addition, each issue contains notes and comments written by students examining cases and developments in the field.
The editorial board selects staff members on the basis of grades and a writing competition conducted at the end of each academic year in cooperation with the Hofstra Law Review. New staff members are required to take Labor Law, Employment Law or Employment Discrimination during their first or second semester after they become staff members.
The Hofstra Law Review is a student-run scholarly journal of general scope published quarterly and is recognized as a leading journal in the legal community. Law Review members are responsible for soliciting articles from legal scholars, considering unsolicited manuscripts for publication, editing published works and maintaining the reputation of the Hofstra Law Review for timely publication of articles that expand the frontiers of legal scholarship. New members are selected on the basis of grades and performance in the writing competition conducted at the end of the academic year.
The Journal of International Business and Law (JIBL) is a student-run publication produced jointly by students of Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law and Frank G. Zarb School of Business that explores the interaction of business and law in the global marketplace from both legal and business perspectives. As globalization continues and the legal and business worlds collide, the need for wide-ranging scholarly debate and critical thinking on a broad range of topics will be great. JIBL aims to bridge the gap between law and business in international corporate and entrepreneurial matters.
At the conclusion of each year, JIBL selects staff members on the basis of grades and a writing competition conducted in cooperation with the Hofstra Law Review. Staff members are required to take a course related to international law during the fall or spring semester of their first year of JIBL membership.