HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. —
Hofstra Law has become the first law school in the New York City area to receive accreditation of its Juris Doctor (JD) as an approved foreign degree by the Bar Council of India. Only seven other law schools in the United States have received this certification.
“As the study and practice of law becomes more global, international recognition and accreditation of JD degrees is increasingly important to students, alumni, and the legal community,” said Hofstra Law Dean Nora V. Demleitner. “The Bar Council of India's approval guarantees that Hofstra Law graduates will be able to utilize their training in India, be they Indian citizens returning home or Americans pursuing international law work.”
The Bar Council of India is the first foreign association to name Hofstra Law's JD as an approved foreign degree, though the school also is exploring accreditation opportunities in other countries.
“This is a significant first step toward ensuring that a JD from Hofstra Law has a global impact,” Demleitner added.
Hofstra Law School has demonstrated commitment to engaging international legal communities through study abroad programs in Curaçao, Germany, Italy and Australia. The school also is a founding member of the European-American Consortium for Legal Education (EACLE). Under the EACLE program, Hofstra Law students take advantage of exchange programs at Finland's Helsinki University, The Netherlands' Erasmus University Rotterdam and Belgium's Ghent University. For more information, visit law.hofstra.edu/International