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)

Academics

Experience the law — don’t just study it

Quinnipiac University School of Law combines strong academics with 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. Regardless of your chosen practice area, you'll benefit from learning to think like a lawyer, solve problems and speak and write persuasively.

Our student-focused, experiential approach to education expands not only the skills and knowledge of our students, but also 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

Problem-solver

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) 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 law and policy option. No matter the concentration, you will 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.

Our focus is to help you succeed. Our bar pass rate for first-time test takers in July 2017 was 85%, compared to the corresponding state average of 79%.

Learning outcomes (PDF)

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

Putting your skills and knowledge into practice

Law clinics and externships place students into real-world settings, providing an intimate view of the law and the difference the profession makes. This includes the personal and civil rights issues facing society today. 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 20 clinic practice areas, you’ll be guaranteed 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 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 change you. You will have the opportunity to interview clients or represent them in front of a judge. You could be called on to question a witness on the stand. Through your work, you will positively impact the lives of others — whether working for a client in a tax dispute or housing issue, or helping a former inmate re-enter the workforce. Because Connecticut allows supervised law students to represent clients, we’ve designed our programs to offer you hands-on experience as soon as you’ve completed your first year.

Working directly with legal professionals will challenge you, and show you how lawyers, judges and mediators integrate theory and skill. You can choose from many areas of practice — such as criminal, corporate, health, family, employment or intellectual property — in just about any location. You will be involved with actual legal work, side-by-side with practitioners in real time, then have an opportunity for reflection with your peers and your professor. Whether you enroll in a clinic, an externship or both — when you graduate you'll be ready to get to work on day one.

300+


Hands On

The number of field sites available for students to work.

18,000


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. Alesha is now working in New York at McCarter & English, one of the oldest and largest law firms in the U.S.

Journals

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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