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The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University (commonly known as Hofstra Law) is a law school located in Hempstead, New York on Long Island, affiliated with Hofstra University. Founded in 1970 and accredited by the ABA in 1971, the school offers a JD, a joint JD/MBA degree, and LL.M degrees in American Law (for foreign law graduates) and Family law. The Law School is on the southern portion of the 244-acre (0.99 km2) Hofstra University campus, in Hempstead, New York. The school was renamed to the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University in September 2011.[5]

Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
School typePrivate
DeanHon. A. Gail Prudenti
LocationHempstead, New York, US
Enrollment791 [1]
Faculty90 [2]
USNWR ranking100th (2020)[3]
Bar pass rate62% (July 2018 NY first-time takers) [4]
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Kushner Hall

Hofstra Law offers concentration in eight areas of study: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Law, Corporate Compliance, Criminal Law and Procedure, Family Law, Health Law, Intellectual Property Law, and International Law.


In the 2020 U.S. News Rankings for law schools, Hofstra Law ranked 100th nationally.[6] The school was named one of the country's best public interest law schools by preLaw magazine, a national publication aimed at prospective law students. Among the 75 law schools that made the list, Hofstra ranked 11th.[7]

Hofstra Law was ranked the No. 54 school in the country in placing partners in U.S. offices of the 100 largest national law firms in a 2011 study by Theodore P. Seto.[8] According to a 2016 study, by Law School Transparency, Hofstra ranked 35th nationally for employment outcomes and 6th in New York State.[9]


Deane Law Library

Hofstra Law is housed in the original building opened in the 1970s upon the school's inception, although it has undergone several extensive renovations since that time. The lower floors of Kushner Hall are home to the law school's two level Barbara and Maurice A. Deane Law Library. The law building also contains both an appellate Moot Courtroom and trial moot courtroom. Access to wireless internet can be found throughout the campus.

In the early 1990s, the school added a new building, Joan Axinn Hall, to house its growing clinical programs and the Office of Career Services, and it expanded into neighboring Roosevelt Hall in 2006, with new space for its five student-run journals and other student organizations.

In total, the law school operates out of 4 buildings: Koppleman Hall (classrooms, offices, and courtrooms), Kushner Hall (library, atrium, and offices), Joan Axinn Hall (admissions and clinics), and Roosevelt Hall (offices for each journal and the moot court).


As of 2019, Hofstra Law has 40 full-time faculty members.[10] The faculty includes (or has included) Nora Demleitner, Alafair Burke, Monroe Freedman, Robert A. Baruch Bush, and Eric Lane.


According to Hofstra Law's 2018 ABA-required disclosures, 75.95% of the Class of 2017 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[11] Hofstra's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 10.5%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2017 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time position[12]

For the July 2018 New York bar exam, 62% of Hofstra Law graduates who were first-time exam takers passed the bar, vs. an 83% average for graduates of New York ABA-accredited schools.[13]


Student EditedEdit

Hofstra Law Review (Est. 1973)

Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal (Est. 1982)

Hofstra Journal of International Business and Law (Est. 1999)

Peer ReviewedEdit

Family Court Review

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)


Annual tuition at Hofstra Law for the 2018-2019 academic year is $59,214.[14] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $329,392.[15]





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  3. ^ "Hofstra University (Deane)". Best Law Schools. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
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  5. ^ Karen Sloan ContactAll Articles. "Hofstra changes its name to honor donor". Retrieved 2011-09-15.
  6. ^ "Best Law School Rankings d Law Program Rankings d US News". Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  7. ^ "Hofstra University - School of Law - J.D. Admissions - Community Involvement". Retrieved 2011-09-15.
  8. ^ Seto, Theodore P. (2011-08-02). "Where Do Partners Come from?". Rochester, NY.
  9. ^ "Law School Transparency Jobs". Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  10. ^ "Hofstra University - School of Law - Directory - Full-Time Faculty". Retrieved 2019-03-26.
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  12. ^ "Hofstra University". Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  13. ^ Zaretsky, Staci. "A Breakdown Of New York Bar Exam Results By Law School (July 2018)". Above the Law. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  14. ^ "Cost of Attendance".
  15. ^ "Hofstra University Profile".
  16. ^ "D'Amato v Farrier, et al., Case No. 2:16-cv-00177-PMW, D. Utah" (PDF). 3 March 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016.

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