JD Curriculum & Courses
Seton Hall Law's JD curriculum provides students with a broad foundation in legal theory and practice that guides them through custom career paths in law. Our curriculum is built on foundational courses and writing requirements that contribute to students’ bar exam preparation, resulting in above average bar passage rates.
Below is a breakdown to help you better understand required courses and your overall academic journey as a JD student. Note that all JD students are required to complete 88 credits before graduating.
Full-Time Weekday JD Programs
The JD program can be completed in three academic years on a full-time basis, or four academic years on a part-time basis. Neither the full-time nor part-time programs require summer classes, but summer classes are offered, both on-campus and through our summer study abroad options.
Second and Third Year
Part-Time Weekend JD Program
Seton Hall understands the increased demand of working professionals and is excited to offer students the ability to earn their JD degrees in a new part-time weekend format. Taught by the same talented professors who teach in our full-time division, students in the part-time weekend program combine an immersive educational experience in the traditional classroom with engaging out-of-class technology-assisted interactions with teachers and peers. Attend classes on-campus for eight alternative weekends 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Sundays during your first four semesters. Stay connected remotely with self-paced activities online. Learn more about the Part-time Weekend JD Program.
Second and Third Year
Seton Hall understands that a career in law can bring personal and professional fulfillment beyond the traditional sectors. Today’s lawyers bring solutions to in-demand industries and have opportunities to specialize in desired areas of focus. We established several "concentrations" in Health Law, Intellectual Property, and Compliance offered alongside core curriculum developed by Seton Hall faculty in consultation with attorneys and government officials working in the field. Students must receive a 3.0 grade or higher within the Concentration classes to graduate with the Concentration. Learn more about available JD Concentrations.
Lawyering in Action
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 will immerse you in core JD subjects, skills, values and professional requirements that form the basis of American law: 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 grounded in the practical experience of real lawyers, and modeled on what real lawyers do. Learn more about about Lawyering.
FIRST SEMESTER (credits)
Civil Procedure I (3)
Inroduction to Lawyering I (3)
Civil Procedure I (2)
Criminal Law (3)
Introduction to Lawyering II (3)
Professional Responsibility (2)
SECOND & THIRD YEAR REQUIRED COURSES
Business Associations (4)
Constitutional Law (5)
Financial Concepts for Lawyers (1)
In addition, students must complete a paper exhibiting substantial legal research and analysis, either through an advanced writing seminar, journal participation or Independent Research.