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A Message From Dean Hobbs

Dean_Patrick_HobbsOver the past year, at meetings, gatherings and on social occasions, I’ve talked with literally hundreds of Seton Hall Law alumni representing all facets of the legal profession. Many of those graduates eagerly shared recent job successes – cases won, new positions, and promotions to ever-higher levels of the bench and bar. Others reached out seeking advice and assistance with a career transition.

Interestingly, just about all of them wanted to talk about the current state of the legal market and were curious to know, how are our newest graduates faring? The economy overall is in flux and no doubt, the current legal employment market presents an array of challenges. 

But even in this economic environment, one thing remains constant: employers recognize the value of a Seton Hall Law degree. At Seton Hall Law our emphasis is on legal practice and it shows in our graduates who are ready to hit the ground running.

Based on recent graduate employment in top law firms, in 2011 the National Law Journal named Seton Hall Law a “Top 50 Go-To Law School,” ranking us at 33rd. Based on percentage of graduates employed in the highly coveted federal judicial clerkships, in 2011 U.S. News & World Report ranked Seton Hall Law 29th among all law schools. Our Health Law program has been ranked in the Top Ten nationally by U.S. News for nearly a decade. And based on the number of practicing attorneys across the country who are selected as Super Lawyers, in 2010, the last year tallied, Seton Hall Law was ranked 40th in the nation.

Seton Hall Law graduates are finding their way to leading law firms, prestigious clerkships and vital roles in corporations, government and public service organizations nationwide. And much of our continued success can be attributed to our alumni. It’s not surprising that Seton Hall Law graduates who, after paving the way, rising in the legal world and assuming leadership roles at bench and bar, they actively seek fellow graduates to fill the needs of their courtrooms and firms.

We want to tell you more about the strength of our remarkable alumni network by sharing stories of the career success that the Seton Hall Law network has yielded for many of our graduates.

I am pleased to present a new 12-month series, Seton Hall Law at Work, in which we will share stories highlighting the relationships that build between employers and the Seton Hall Law graduates who work with them. Our first story features the Gibbons Apprenticeship Program.

If you have you have such a story, or a need in your firm, we’d love to hear from you. And if you’re looking for career change or transition, remember that our Office of Career Services is always open to you.