J.D. Curriculum & Course Selections
Seton Hall Law's curriculum provides students with a broad foundation in legal theory and practice. In your first year, you will be immersed in the core doctrinal subjects that form the basis of American law. Beginning in your second year you will have the opportunity to shape your own course of study by choosing from a broad array of course offerings and hands-on learning opportunities.
OUR LEGAL PRACTICE CURRICULUM: LAWYERING IN ACTION
Our curriculum ensures that students learn the practice of law by doing what lawyers do. Courses in trial advocacy, persuasion and advocacy, transactional skills and dispute resolution are taught by top practicing attorneys and judges. From legal writing to appellate advocacy, students apply their newly acquired legal knowledge in the classroom setting.
First-year students begin to gain proficiency in the core skills necessary for legal practice through Introduction to Lawyering, a new addition to the Seton Hall Law curriculum. This full-year course incorporates the basics: writing, research, interviewing, fact analysis, negotiation and oral advocacy. Classes are conducted in small groups, guided by professors who put students in the role of practicing attorney to approach legal problems from intellectual, strategic, emotional and ethical perspectives. Introduction to Lawyering is designed to enable students to experience for themselves the deep satisfaction that can be found in practicing law.
Seton Hall Law students also have abundant opportunities to acquire legal skills in real-world settings. They pursue clinic opportunities in the Center for Social Justice or participate in Seton Hall Law's comprehensive externship program with nonprofit organizations, government agencies and the judiciary, where they gain experience in the field working side-by-side with other legal professionals. Moot court and mock trial competition programs further hone courtroom and advocacy skills to prepare students for the challenges of legal practice.
"As a minority and first person in my family to pursue a legal career, I found in Seton Hall a very welcoming atmosphere. My first year was definitely one of the most academically challenging experiences I have ever had. Yet, I found a supportive student body that is always willing to reach out and help, and a group of professors that truly care and want you to succeed. I also gained the skills and knowledge needed to excel as a District Court judicial intern this past summer, and have no doubt that I am receiving an excellent foundation from which to launch my legal career. " LeMay Diaz '16