A Focus on Outcomes
Why Seton Hall Law?
Seton Hall Law is distinguished in the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania metropolitan areas by the excellent outcomes for our students, reflected in both employment and bar passage rates.
The Class of 2020 results are strong: a 94.6% total employment rate, with 90.42% in positions in which passage of the bar exam and a J.D. is an advantage or required. The two most common employment destinations for Class of 2020 employed graduates are judicial clerkships (55.7%) and private practice (39.9%). - Data provided as of August 2021
Employment Status for Class of 2019 Graduates: Total employment rate for the class of 2018 was 97.1% with a Bar Pass required or J.D. Advantage of 92.8%. Employed students hold positions in Judicial Clerkships (56.43%), Private Practice (25.71%), Corporate or Business (9.29%), Government or Public Interest (5%), 2.1% unemployed graduates seeking employment and 1.47% unemployed graduates not seeking. Employment status as of 10 months after graduation. Total (140) graduates with all reporting.
Employment Status for Class of 2018 Graduates: Total employment rate for the class of 2018 was 98.1% with a Bar Pass required or J.D. Advantage of 94.3%. Employed students hold positions in Judicial Clerkships (58.23%), Private Practice (26.58%), Corporate or Business (6.96%), Government or Public Interest (6.33%), and 1.9% unemployed graduates seeking employment. Employment status as of 10 months after graduation. Total (167) graduates with all reporting.
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. Seton Hall Law School ranked #1 according to the percentage of 2017 graduates in State & Local Clerkships (The National Law Journal, April 2018).
Post-Clerkship Employment of Graduates, Class of 2017 (first position following clerkship, within nine months after end of clerkship). What do Judicial Clerks do after their Clerkships? 96.04% of total employed graduates moved onto positions in Law Firms (59.41%), Government or Public Interest (22.77%), Clerkship (6.93%), Business (4.95%), Other Professional Roles (1.98%), Unemployed (2.97%), and Unknown (.99%). Note: Although there is no ABA or NALP requirement for post-clerkship reporting, Seton Hall Law tracks the employment success of its graduates who pursue clerkships. Information from 100 of 101 graduates in the Class of 2017 who clerked after graduation.
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 2021 First Time Test Takers
Seton Hall Law's overall bar passage rate for first-time test takers from the class of 2021 was 89.5%.
NJ Overall First-time rate: 71.26%
NY Overall First-time rate: 87%