Private Practice and Corporate Law

FROM COURTROOM TO BOARDROOM

From closing on a house to closing in on a merger, legal transactions are integral to our lives and our livelihood. Seton Hall Law enables students to think and work like practicing attorneys from the day they graduate.

Students take classes with full-time faculty members, as well as with practicing attorneys whose teaching approaches are informed by their extensive professional experience. These courses introduce students to the fundamentals of business: securities, antitrust, and labor and employment law, for instance.

In Seton Hall Law’s Legal Practice Curriculum, students also gain knowledge through hands-on training. Transactional skills courses teach students to draw up contracts and negotiate on a client’s behalf as well as draft confidentiality agreements, letters of intent, due diligence document requests, asset purchase agreements and opinions of counsel.

State and federal judges teach classes such as Persuasion and Advocacy, in which students argue simulated cases. In doing so, they build communications skills that are essential to litigation and other forms of dispute resolution.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in pro bono projects. For instance, in the Investor Advocacy Project, students represent actual clients who have lost their retirement savings. In the Representation in Mediation Practicum, students advocate for individuals who have filed employment discrimination claims in federal court.

 
 

37The National Law Journal (NLJ) ranked Seton Hall Law #37 among its Top 50 Go-To Law Schools, based on the number of graduates in the "NLJ 250" top law firms in the U.S.

 
 
 
 

45The NLJ ranked Seton Hall Law #45 in the nation for the number of lawyers promoted from Associate to Partner among the NLJ 250.

 
 

THE CASE FOR CLERKSHIPS

Each year approximately one-third of Seton Hall Law’s graduating class pursue clerkships after they graduate. Their experience is that clerkships hone legal skills, build a strong professional network and offer a competitive market advantage.

Though not required by the ABA, Seton Hall Law tracks the progress of its graduates post-clerkship. As the charts below indicate, more than 90% of graduates in the Classes of 2010 and 2011 landed full-time long-term positions within 9 months of completing their clerkships, with 72% entering private practice.

 
 

CLASS OF 2011

85% employment within 9 months of graduation
  • 32% | private practice
  • 10.9% | corporate/business
  • 34.5% | judicial clerkships
Post-clerkship 2012:
  • 92% | full-time long-term employment
  • 72% | private practice
  • 2% | corporate/business
 
 
 
 

CLASS OF 2010

85.6% employment within 9 months of graduation
  • 35% | private practice
  • 10% | corporate/business
  • 34.5% | judicial clerkships
Post-clerkship 2011:
  • 94% | full-time long-term employment
  • 72% | private practice
  • 4% | corporate/business