Overview

Applicants
2,155
Acceptance Rate
64%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.35
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
271

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
147 - 154

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
April 15

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$0

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
81

38
Female
7
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

There is a “professional, collaborative environment” at Hofstra Law, where the school’s students are huge fans of the “outstanding” administration, who, in many cases, “are willing to bend over backwards to accommodate you.” “The administration is great because they are very accessible and interested in our success as lawyers and as students,” says a 1L. The Career Center here is similarly involved, “not only [in] our futures, but also in helping alumni find new jobs.” Right from the first week of class, Hofstra Law is big on helping students to network with attorneys and alumni and putting a realistic perspective on the possibilities out there (Note: The school does rank students within classes.), though a few students do lament the school’s rather intense focus on work in the public sector. An expanded internship and externship program began in 2013 offering semester long experience in Washington D.C..“I’ve had the opportunity to learn about how much work and how many different areas of law you can practice…now I actually know what I can do with a JD,” says a first-year law student. Though not every single person leaves a satisfied customer, the school certainly shows a “desire to improve,” and all who go here pretty much generally agree, “If you are proactive and work hard, Hofstra will work hard for you as well.”
Its location close to New York City helps the school to attract “some legendary professors at the top of their fields,” most of whom are “readily available outside of class, and…seem to genuinely care about the students’ success.” “Not a single one stands on ceremony,” says a student. Most “do not implement harsh variations of the Socratic Method”; they have “real-world experience that they bring to their lectures” and use “practical methods that help students to try [to] learn, rather than simply memorize the material.” Hofstra Law’s focus on practical and legal writing skills “never ceases to pay off during internships/clerkships.” “I thought that Hofstra would not offer the same kind of academic experience as those in the top schools. I was very pleasantly surprised,” says a student. “They are constantly trying to…help develop the students into lawyers.”
Some bigger picture gripes include that tuition is not easy on the wallet. “Lower tuition please. I don’t have a money tree in my backyard,” begs a 1L. Classrooms “are adequate for the purpose they serve”; though the technology is up-to-date (lectures are webcast, Wi-Fi is readily available), the facilities as a whole could use a face-lift. Also, as one weary student puts it, “Not to beat a dead horse, but parking is always an issue.”

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
73%
Median Starting Salary
$59,000
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
83%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
41%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
35

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Dozens of the most prestigious law firms in New York City and Long Island recruit at the law school. In addition, many federal, state and local government agencies and public interest organizations participate in recruiting at the law school.

Graduates Employed by Area

6%
Public Interes

Graduates Employed by Region


Prominent Alumni

Maurice A. Deane
President, Bama Equities, Inc.

Hon. Maryanne Trump Barry
Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Brad Eric Scheler
Senior Partner and Chairman, Bankruptcy and Restructuring, Fried Frank

Hon. David A. Paterson
Former Governor of New York

Randy L. Levine
President, New York Yankees

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Apr 1
Application Deadlines
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$48,000

% Students Receiving Some Aid
90%

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$16,756
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$17,105
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,400

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
793
Parent Institution Enrollement
10,277

Average Age at Entry
25

% International
5%

Demographics

27.60%
% Under-represented Minorities

97% are full time
3% are part time
51% female
49% male

Campus Life

Students Say

First-year students have all their classes with the same section, so “there is a sense that we are all getting through together.” This instantly creates a nice community for incoming students, who also appreciate their access to 2Ls and 3Ls that “are more than happy to help with information about classes and professors.” ""There is some small amount of competition, but that is what keeps us on our toes. It shouldn’t be frowned upon,” says a student. Students are encouraged to work in study groups (and the overwhelming majority do), and “there is a strong desire to help others understand”; students “get lots of support from...fellow law school brothers and sisters.” “We actually like one another!” says a 1L.
While the school’s location on the edge of the somewhat tucked-away neighborhood of Hempstead is far from ideal, “security on campus is very efficient.” Long Island is “a little boring,” but “there is ample opportunity for social activities,” as the law school itself has many different student organizations, “so it’s easy to find a group of people you can relate to and who have interest[s] in common with you.” Commuting to and from New York City, for school or for fun, is also an option. The school offers a free shuttle to the local train station and its a thirty-five minute ride on the train. Law students here do tend to be a bit “stressed out,” but the school as a whole still remains a “very friendly environment that the students really enjoy.” It is a “laid-back atmosphere, [where students are] serious about work but not competitive.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
John Chalmers
Associate Dean for Enrollment Management

Address
108 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549

Phone
516-463-5916

Email
lawadmissions@hofstra.edu