Private Practice and Corporate Law


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.


25Seton Hall Law is ranked #25 in the nation for the percentage of Class of 2013 graduates in full-time, long-term jobs requiring passage of the bar



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 2011 and 2012 landed full-time long-term positions within 9 months of completing their clerkships, with 72% and 75% entering private practice, respectively.



85.6% employment within 9 months of graduation
  • 31.29% | private practice
  • 14.19% | corporate/business
  • 30.65% | judicial clerkships
Post-clerkship 2012:
  • 92% | full-time long-term employment
  • 75% | private practice
  • 2% | corporate/business


89% employment within 9 months of graduation
  • 28.8% | private practice
  • 13.3% | corporate/business
  • 37.9% | judicial clerkships
Post-clerkship 2013:
  • 98% | full-time long-term employment
  • 67.5% | private practice
  • 5.1% | corporate/business