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 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.

"I came to law school with a finance degree and knew I wanted to go into private practice, focusing on corporate transactional work. I’ve been able to choose electives that have affirmed my decision, and they are giving me the skills and the knowledge I need to pursue my career path. Seton Hall Law’s professors are passionate about what they teach and truly care about their students." Dennis De Almeida '15