J.D. Program

The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University prepares passionate students to have an impact in the legal community and beyond.

Since 1970, Hofstra Law has provided an education rich in both the theory and skills needed to produce outstanding lawyers, business executives, and community leaders.

Located on the 240-acre campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, Hofstra Law is 25 miles outside New York City in suburban Long Island. Few, if any, law schools can match the combination of our green campus and easy access to New York City, the hub of the nation's legal profession.

Hofstra Law is widely recognized as a pioneer in fully integrating clinical education into a traditional law school curriculum. By the late 1970s, the school had one of the largest clinical programs in the nation. Over the years, our clinics have become well known in legal circles in the metropolitan area. As students represent individuals facing real legal challenges, they gain valuable hands-on experience: they advocate in court, counsel clients, conduct fact investigations, and mediate disputes.

Now, with the legal market demanding more skills-based training, we have developed new required skills modules to introduce second-year students to core lawyering skills essential to effective practice. With more than 200 upper-level courses, you can explore almost any area of law and choose a concentration in alternative dispute resolution, business law, criminal law and procedure, family law, health law, intellectual property law, or international law.