For Immediate Release:  Jan 13, 2010
2010, 01, 13

Hofstra Law Juris Doctor Accredited by Bar Council of India

Hofstra Law Juris Doctor Accredited by Bar Council of India

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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.

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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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