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Founded in 1970, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University has earned an international reputation for success.

Hofstra Law is part of a vibrant university community that offers educational, cultural and recreational opportunities in an interdisciplinary environment. Our students are taught to analyze and communicate as lawyers should and they graduate ready to practice in any area of the law in any jurisdiction in the country.

  • Kushner and Koppelman Halls

    Kushner Hall and Koppelman Hall contain most of Hofstra Law’s classrooms, faculty offices and administrative offices, as well as the Law Library, which is on the first floor, and lower lobby. Also on the first floor are the LLT Lab and Studio (Room 113) and the Gavel & Spoon café (Room 114).

    Hofstra Law’s Office of Career Services (Suite 250), the Dean’s Suite (Suite 244) and the Office of Student Affairs (Suite 203) are on the second floor. This floor also contains the Student Lounge (Room 229), the Weitz & Luxenberg Trial Courtroom (Room 202) and the bulk of Hofstra Law’s classrooms, from small, intimate spaces to large lecture halls.

    The Sidney R. Siben and Walter Siben Moot Courtroom (Room 308), which is on the third floor, serves as a lecture hall as well as a center for academic endeavors and notable events at Hofstra Law, including public lectures and conferences.

    • First Floor

      Computer Research Laboratory (Room 100E)
      The Computer Research Lab is located outside the Law Library. (A second lab is located on the lower level of the Law Library.) The Computer Research Lab is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, using your student ID card. Its computers provide access to email, word processing, Lexis, Westlaw, the internet and CALI (Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction).

      LLT Lab and Studio (Room 113)
      The Research Laboratory for Law, Logic and Technology, or LLT Lab, established and run by Professor Vern Walker, is dedicated to developing and making available tools that make legal practice and legal education more effective and more efficient. The LLT Lab uses a logic-based methodology to scale up resources, take a team approach to research and conduct comparative research.

      Gavel & Spoon café (Room 114)
      The Gavel & Spoon café is a 24/7 cashier-less micromarket offering a variety of beverages and freshly prepared grab-’n’-go options, including salads, wraps, parfaits and G8 allergen-free meals, as well as snacking favorites like chips, granola bars and assorted candies.

    • Second Floor

      Leeds Brown Atrium
      Renovated in 2008, this sun-drenched space serves both as a inviting place for study and collaboration and as a unique venue for events and guest speakers.

      Office of Career Services (Suite 250)
      There are seven career counselors available to provide guidance and counseling to students and alumni. The OCS is equipped with private interview rooms for law firms to conduct on-campus interviews. The OCS maintains an extensive library of career-planning resources, directories and other information to assist in exploring employment opportunities and conducting job searches.

      Dean’s Suite (Suite 244)
      This suite houses the offices of many of the senior administrators at Hofstra Law, including Judge Gail Prudenti, dean. Judge Prudenti endeavors to maintain frequent contact with students and meets regularly with the Student Bar Association and student groups.

      Student Lounge (Room 229)
      Recently renovated, the lounge offers students a casual environment for collaborative learning and group study. Within the lounge area are a refrigerator, microwaves, coffee and snack machines, and a television.

      Weitz & Luxenberg Trial Courtroom (Room 202)
      This newly redesigned Courtroom of the Future is modeled off of the most advanced courtrooms in New York state. It includes independent video displays for the judge’s bench, counsel tables, podium, jury box, witness box, and gallery for review and presentation of evidence, as well as trial presentation software. The courtroom is used for trial advocacy programs as well as student training in classes throughout the year.

      Office of Student Affairs (Suite 203)
      The Office of Student Affairs is dedicated to providing students with the assistance, support and guidance they need to thrive in the demanding law school environment. The office addresses quality-of-life issues for students and provides a range of services, including academic advisement, disability accommodations and support for student groups and journals.

      Many of the classrooms for Hofstra Law can be found throughout the second floor. From small intimate classrooms to large lecture halls, all of our classrooms are equipped with technology to enhance the learning experience for students. Each room offers computer/video projection, document cameras, microphones and docking stations for laptops.

    • Third Floor

      Sidney R. Siben and Walter Siben Moot Courtroom (Room 308)
      The moot courtroom serves as a center for academic endeavors and notable events at Hofstra Law. The professional judge’s bench and jury box provide an ideal environment for trial techniques courses, trial team preparation and mock hearings.

      In addition to daily classroom use, the moot courtroom is also an excellent forum for public lectures and conferences featuring distinguished judges, academicians and attorneys. Prominent among such events is the Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professorship in Family Law Lecture.

  • Law Library

    The Law Library is one of the most outstanding law libraries on Long Island. While the library’s primary goal is to support the curriculum and research needs of Hofstra Law’s students and faculty, it also serves the University community and members of the bench and bar, who are drawn to the library by the quality of its collection and the caliber of its librarians.

    The Law Library includes 13 study rooms and one computer research lab equipped with 16 computers and a full complement of classroom technology for hands-on workshops. Staffed with six professional librarians, four of whom hold a J.D., the library is open seven days a week. All of Hofstra’s library facilities, including the approximately one million volumes in the Axinn Library, are available for use by Hofstra Law students.

  • Joan E. Axinn Hall

    Office of Enrollment Management
    Every year, the Admissions Office visits nearly 130 cities and institutions to introduce Hofstra Law to prospective applicants.

    Clinic Offices
    Hofstra Law’s Clinical Program began more than 30 years ago in a second-floor walk-up above a fish store in the center of Hempstead. Hofstra Law was a pioneer in fully integrating clinical education into a law school curriculum, and by the late 1970s, it had one of the largest clinical programs in the nation. Hofstra Law hosts 11 clinical programs that offer students the chance to practice law with real clients and serve the community that surrounds them.

  • Roosevelt Hall

    Student Organizations Lounge
    The lounge is designed to be a welcoming meeting space for the more than 40 student organizations and journals. It is set up with comfortable seating, copier/printer, sink, cabinets, refrigerator and an adjoining conference room. The lounge also has a storage room for the various journals and organizations.

    Student Office Space (Rooms 021 And 022)
    Hofstra Law has set aside this space for the Student Bar Association and the Moot Court Board to conduct daily business and meetings. The Moot Court Board prepares students’ appellate and oral advocacy skills. Each year the most competitive teams are sent to competitions. The Student Bar Association is an elected group of students who liaise with the Hofstra Law administration to represent the interests of students in every aspect of law school life.

    Journal Suites (Rooms 017, 020, 024 and 025)
    Hofstra Law’s prestigious journals are set up in this suite of offices. The Hofstra Law Review, Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, Family Court ReviewJournal of International Business and Law and ACTEC Law Journal have their own personal office suites. These top-ranked journals are provided cubicles for staff members, conference space and private offices for the editorial board.

    Seminar Room (Room 023)
    Hofstra Law has its own 12-person seminar room for small seminar classes, such as Professor Ronald Colombo’s Controversies in Corporate Law. When not in use as a seminar room, it doubles as a conference room for student publications and student organizations.

  • Housing

    Hofstra offers graduate on-campus housing. We encourage students to learn about the on-campus housing, how housing assignments are made and the advantages of accepting the offer of admission as early as possible to be guaranteed on-campus housing.

    Graduate Residence Hall

    The Graduate Residence Hall is home to Hofstra’s law, medical and graduate students. The five-story building offers suite-style apartment living and is on the North Campus, between Constitution and Alliance halls. Each suite has multiple bedrooms, shared common spaces, kitchenettes and bathrooms. The hall houses single- and double-occupancy bedrooms within two-, three- and four-bedroom suites. Each common area includes a couch, love seat and coffee tables. The kitchenettes have a stove-top burner, refrigerator, microwave and dining table with chairs.

  • Campus Resources

    Situated on the 240-acre Hofstra University campus, Hofstra Law’s location gives students access to the resources available throughout the Hofstra community. During the academic year, the campus is a bustling environment with theatrical performances, concerts, sporting events and academic lectures, not to mention attractions at the Nassau Coliseum, just steps from campus.

    Athletics and Recreation

    Hofstra offers an extensive intercollegiate program as well as recreational facilities. An indoor, heated, Olympic-size swimming pool is available for student use. The Hofstra Fitness Center, recently renovated and expanded, is a beautiful student facility that features state-of-the-art cardio and Cybex strength-training equipment; cycle, yoga/Pilates and aerobic studios; an indoor track; a gymnasium with six basketball hoops; a boxing area; a computer station; and a lounge area. Group exercise classes, along with intramural sports and club sports, are available throughout the academic year to help you and other members of the campus community stay fit and healthy while at Hofstra.

    Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute

    Children of Hofstra students are eligible to enroll in the Child Care Institute on campus. The facility offers infant day care as well as an educational program for children 2 to 5 years of age Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For more information, please call 516-463-5194.


    Hofstra Dining Services Services has 18 retail restaurant locations that are conveniently situated on campus. Some of the dining offerings are Au Bon Pain, Brooklyn Slice Pizza, Taro 13, Eli’s Kosher Kitchen, and Subway. For the law student on the run, the Law School’s Gavel + Spoon café — a 24/7 cashier-less micromarket just inside the main entrance to Koppelman Hall — offers a variety of beverages and freshly prepared grab-’n’-go options, including salads, wraps, parfaits and G8 allergen-free meals, as well as snacking favorites like chips, granola bars and assorted candies.

    Visit the Hofstra Dining Services website to view a listing of all Hofstra dining options, locations and hours.

    Wellness and Campus Living Center

    During the academic year, the Hofstra Wellness and Campus Living Center is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-6:45 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Physicians, nurse practitioners and registered nurses staff the center. In accordance with New York state law, all students must complete and return the Release of Medical Records Form before matriculating. You can download the form from the Student Health Services section of the Hofstra University website.