For Immediate Release:  May 8, 2009
2009, 05, 08

Hofstra Ranked as Top 100 Law School

Hofstra Ranked as Top 100 Law School

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hofstra Law is again ranked among the Top 100 law schools nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report’s "America’s Best Graduate Schools 2010" guide.  Hofstra Law also moved up in the ranking of Legal Writing programs, climbing to No. 24 in the U.S.  Moreover, the magazine recognized Hofstra, for the second year, as one of the nation’s most diverse law schools. 

“This type of recognition for Hofstra Law is a tribute to the excellent students, faculty and staff who are the heart and soul of this institution.  We continue to build on our strengths and remain fully committed to producing the finest attorneys, executives and community leaders," said Hofstra Law Dean Nora V. Demleitner.

The U.S. News rankings are based on select school data including bar passage rates, and reputational surveys completed by judges, practicing attorneys and academics.  In the last year, Hofstra Law School:
  • Received nearly 5,000 applications from candidates worldwide.
  • Obtained an 87.6% pass rate for first-time test takers on the July 2008 administration of the New York bar examination, representing a 3.1% rise from the previous year.
  • Became more selective, accepting only 38% of applicants.
  • Named the country's 11th Best Public Interest Law School by preLaw magazine.
  • Ranked among the top places to study Corporate Law, Labor & Employment Law, Health Law, International Law and Real Estate Law, by preLaw magazine.
  • Assembled a diverse student body from 35 countries, 45 states and 150 colleges, and a diverse faculty of 20% ethnic minorities, more than 40% women and 10% lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
  • Hosted a visit by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. for whom Dean Demleitner clerked.
  • Joined the American Bar Association-Environmental Protection Agency Law Office Climate Challenge Program, with a commitment to implement “green” policies.

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The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University is located 40 minutes from New York City in suburban Long Island. Hofstra Law is home to nearly 850 students, an alumni base of more than 10,600 members and a distinguished faculty of more than 50 professors, including many scholars recognized as national and international experts in their field. The law school is part of Hofstra University and is fully accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.

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