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JD Program

Hofstra Law’s JD Program provides an education rich in both the theory and skills needed to produce outstanding lawyers.

Our students have long been involved in clinical programs, fellowships, externships and pro bono opportunities that give them real attorney experience — practicing alongside veteran lawyers — before they’ve graduated.

Hofstra Law offers a wide and diverse range of courses.

The traditional JD Program consists of at least 87 credit-hours. The first year consists of 8 required courses over two semesters.

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With the legal market demanding more skills-based training, we have developed the course Foundational Lawyering Skills to introduce students to core lawyering skills essential to effective practice. This required course, offered in the fall semester of the second year, is taught in three intensive modules that focus on practice-ready research and writing; fact investigation and witness examination; and client interviewing, counseling and negotiation. Each module begins with a lecture to teach students a lawyering skill, followed by breakout classes in which students perform and practice the skill and receive individualized feedback.


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