A Focus on Outcomes
At Seton Hall Law, your legal career begins your first day of Orientation. Internship and externship programs, along with pro bono service opportunities and work in the Center for Social Justice clinics, enable students to gain valuable experience while building both their resumes and their professional networks. In addition, our Career Services team offers individualized counseling, and a wide range of support and special events, all designed to help you define and pursue your career objectives.
In this challenging legal employment market, Seton Hall Law students continue to achieve success. In fact, in 2012, Law School Transparency ranked Seton Hall Law 4th among law schools in the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania metropolitan areas for the placement of its graduates in "law jobs," defined as full-time, long-term employment with a J.D. required or a J.D. preferred.
As the chart reflects, based on data submitted to the ABA, the three most common employment destinations for Class of 2013 graduates are: judicial clerkships (37.9%), private practice (28.8%) and corporations (13.3%).
The Case for Clerkships
Employers place great value on clerkship experience, which refines a legal practitioner's mastery of the law. Seton Hall Law has an outstanding record of placing its students in federal, state and local judicial clerkships at both the trial and appellate levels. The experience pays dividends throughout a lawyer's career in both contacts and employment opportunities.
Though not required by the ABA, Seton Hall Law tracks the employment outcomes of its graduates who become judicial clerks after they graduate. Within 9 months of completing their clerkships, 94% of Class of 2012 graduates landed full-time, long-term employment, with 75% entering private practice. Results from the Class of 2011 are similar: 92% found full-time, long-term employment, with 72% entering private practice.
Your Professional Success: Career Services
The Office of Career Services (OCS) counselors provide an array of tools and services, including individual counseling, resume review, interview skills training, workshops and numerous networking opportunities. OCS acts as a partner, helping students define and chart their paths as they seek guidance along the way to make the choices that will help them meet their professional goals. Their advice and access to employment networks reflect decades of experience in the nation's legal employment field.
Alumni considering a job change at any time in their careers are welcome to return and utilize the support of the Office of Career Services.
Bar Pass Rate: July 2013 First Time Test Takers
"As the first member of my family to attend law school, I immediately turned to Seton Hall's Office of Career Services, OCS, in search of guidance for beginning my legal career. From my first judicial internship in Hudson County to working for a civil litigation firm in Nutley, my relationship with OCS has provided me with incomparable insight, direction, and most important, confidence to seek out legal opportunities in both the New York City and New Jersey areas." Kieran Dowling '14