Second-year law student Denia Perez studies Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 in the Lynne L. Pantalena Law Library on Quinnipiac's North Haven Campus. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)


Experience the law — don’t just study it

Quinnipiac University School of Law offers rigorous classroom learning — and an extraordinary selection of hands-on experiences that make the learning come to life. You can achieve this as a full-time or part-time student.

All of our programs are designed to give you a well-rounded legal education – with an emphasis on the human side of lawyering -– so you leave fully prepared to counsel your clients. Even if you never enter a courtroom as an advocate, your career will benefit from having the skills to advise clients, and approach law with  a problem-solving orientation..

Our student-focused, experiential approach to education expands not only the skills and knowledge of our students, but the possibilities they can envision in a legal career. 

Our JD Program

Quinnipiac law alumna Alicia Kinsman (right) at her Bridgeport office. April 23, 2013


Quinnipiac law alumna Alicia Kinsman, JD '10, managing attorney, Immigration Legal Services, interviews a client in her Bridgeport office.

Preparing you well for any legal arena

Whether inside or outside of the courtroom, a Juris Doctor (JD) Degree offers many different career options. Law matters to business, health care, education,  government and nonprofit  venues — anywhere policy and regulations play a central role. 

Within the JD program, you can pursue one of eight concentrations — from civil advocacy and dispute resolution to health law or our new international policy option. No matter the concentration, you’ll have the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience through one (or more) of our wide-ranging clinics and externship programs, as well as an array of simulated skills courses.

Preparing for a strong future

Carrie Kaas, who coordinates externships, advises students on career possibilities in the Lynne L. Pantalena Law Library.

Clinics and Externships Overview

Turning knowledge into know-how

Law clinics and externships place students into real-world settings, providing an intimate view of the law and the difference the profession makes in changing lives and shaping policy. The value of this real-life education to you, to clients and to prospective employers is huge — and we have a reputation for doing it well.

Through our 6 on-campus clinics, you’ll have the opportunity to provide free legal aid to underserved residents: single parents, children, immigrants, veterans or indigent clients with a tax problem. Your supervising lawyers are full-time faculty who are invested not only in the well-being of your clients, but also in how you grow professionally and personally.

Your experiences in our clinics will offer the opportunity to interview and advise clients, negotiate and perhaps represent them in front of a judge. You could be called on to question a witness on the stand. Whether working for a client in a tax dispute or housing issue, or helping a former inmate re-enter the workforce, you will positively impact the lives of others.

Working directly with legal professionals in our extensive externship program will show you how lawyers, judges and mediators integrate theory and skill. You can choose just about any area of practice — such as criminal, corporate, health, family, employment or intellectual property — in just about any location. You will do real legal work side-by-side with practitioners, with the opportunity for reflection with your peers and your professor when you return to law school. Whether you enroll in a clinic and externship, or both — when you graduate from Quinnipiac School of Law, you'll be ready to get to work.


Hands On

The number of externship field sites at which our students have worked.


Helping Hands

The number of hours of direct legal services provided by the Civil Justice and Tax Clinics over the past three years.

Alesha Davis JD/MBA’17 studies in the Lynne L. Pantalena Law Library on the North Haven Campus.

Comprehensive learning

Alesha Davis JD/MBA’17 studies in the Lynne L. Pantalena Law Library on the North Haven Campus.


Shape the legal conversation

In the tradition of American law schools, the Quinnipiac University School of Law sponsors student-edited scholarly journals that contribute to both student education and legal scholarship. These three journals allow you to participate in the editorial process, write a substantial note or casenote, and earn academic credit for journal-related work.

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