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Seton Hall University School of Law

The Seton Hall University School of Law (also known as Seton Hall Law) is part of Seton Hall University, and is located in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Seton Hall Law School is the only private law school in New Jersey, and, according to the U.S. News & World Report Rankings, is the top-ranked of the two law schools in the state.[2][3] Founded in 1951, it is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), and is also a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).[4]

Seton Hall University School of Law
Parent schoolSeton Hall University
Established1951 (1951)
School typePrivate
DeanKathleen M. Boozang
LocationNewark, New Jersey
40°44′11″N 74°09′59″W / 40.736520°N 74.166410°W / 40.736520; -74.166410Coordinates: 40°44′11″N 74°09′59″W / 40.736520°N 74.166410°W / 40.736520; -74.166410
USNWR ranking59th (2018)[1]
Bar pass rate87.4%
WebsiteSeton Hall Law School



On February 5, 1951, Seton Hall University School of Law opened on the old John Marshall site, 40 Journal Square, Jersey City with an entering class of 72 students, 16 full-time and 56 part-time faculty members.[4] The school was also fully accredited by the American Bar Association in that same year.

Seton Hall law is part of Seton Hall University, which is located in South Orange, NJ.[5]


The J.D. degree program of 88 credits can be pursued as a day student in three years or as a part-time day or evening student in 3.5 (with 2 summers) or 4 years.

Seton Hall Law offers a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Health Law, Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Intellectual Property Law, and Master of Science in Jurisprudence (M.S.J.) degrees.[6]

The school also offers several joint degree programs with other faculties of the University. For example, there is a combined J.D./M.A. (or MADIR) program with the University's Whitehead School of Diplomacy. Through the school's alliance with UNA-USA, law students have a unique access to the United Nations.

In Fall 2015, 151 students matriculated to the law.[7] In 2008, 359 students matriculated to the law school.[8]

Students have the opportunity to intern/extern with various U.N. organizations, NGOs, foreign missions and international law firms. Seton Hall Law also offers study abroad opportunities in Egypt, Ireland, Italy, Zanzibar and Tanzania.[9][10]

Center for Policy and ResearchEdit

The Center's work focuses on three key areas: Interrogations & Intelligence, National Security, and Forensics. Among the Center's high-profile projects are the world-renowned Guantanamo Reports.[11]

According to a study published by the Center for Policy and Research[12] on December 7, 2009 titled "Death in Camp Delta,[13]" the government's investigation does not support that [the three detainees who were found dead on June 10, 2006 in Guantanamo Bay] committed suicide by hanging themselves inside of their cells.[14][15]


For 2018, the U.S. News and World Report ranked the school 59th in the nation.[16] The school's health law program is currently ranked 10th by US News & World Report,[17] the 21st year in the Top 10.

In 2018, Above the Law (blog) ranked the school 35th out of the top 50 law schools in the nation.[18]

Employment and Bar PassageEdit

According to Seton Hall University School of Law's official 2015 ABA-required disclosures,[19] more than 95% of the Class of 2015 were employed 10 months after graduation.[20] 90 percent were employed in jobs that were JD-required or preferred.[21]

90 percent of students passed the bar exam in New Jersey, compared to a state average of 73 percent.[20] 86 percent passed the bar exam in New York, compared to a state average of 79 percent.[20] A large proportion of Seton Hall graduates work as judicial clerks for one year after graduation, after which they generally enter private practice. In 2014, the average starting salary (not counting end of year bonuses) for the 93 percent of the class who were employed was $62,000.[22] For those working in Private practice or business, the average salary was approximately $80,000, not counting end of year bonuses.[22]


Before scholarships or grants, in 2015-2016 full-time annual tuition at Seton Hall law school was $51,000 and part-time tuition was $38,000.[23] However, 72% of students received grants or scholarships (80 percent of full-time students), and more than 40% of students received scholarships covering more than half of the tuition (more than 50 percent of full-time students).[23]

The median grant amount was $25,000 for full-time students and $14,000 for part-time students, bringing net-tuition (tuition less scholarship and grants) students receiving the median grant amount to $26,000 for full-time students and $24,000 for part-time students.[23]


The school produces two journals: Seton Hall Law Review[24] and the Seton Hall Legislative Journal.


One Newark Center
General information
LocationRaymond Boulevard
Coordinates40°44′11″N 74°09′59″W / 40.736520°N 74.166410°W / 40.736520; -74.166410
Roof99 m (325 ft)
Technical details
Floor count22
Floor area633,000 sq ft (58,800 m2)[25]
Design and construction
ArchitectGrad Associates

At One Newark Center, the Law School and several academic centers of the University are housed in a 22-story building in Downtown Newark completed in 1991.[30] The Newark Campus building provides 210,000 square feet (20,000 m2) and an additional 65,000 square feet (6,000 m2) of library, named for Peter W. Rodino, to the University. It is at the corner of Raymond Boulevard and McCarter Highway, two blocks west of Penn Station Newark, where numerous connections can be made to New Jersey Transit and PATH (an approximate 20 minute ride to Manhattan).[31] While many students commute from around the New York metropolitan area, other students are housed at Eleven 80, the Union Building, and Renaissance Towers. One Newark Center is one of the tallest buildings in the city and also contains commercial offices. Nearby attractions include the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark Museum, Prudential Center and Red Bull Arena.[32]


The dean is Kathleen M. Boozang.

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Seton Hall University Law School". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Best Law Schools, 2017". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b Seton Hall | Law - History of Seton Hall Law
  5. ^ Seton Hall University, New Jersey
  6. ^ Seton Hall | Law - Fast Facts
  7. ^ Seton Hall Law School. "Seton Hall Law Incoming Class Fact Sheet". Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  8. ^ Law School Admission Council (LSAC) (2008). "ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools, Seton Hall University School of Law" (PDF). LSAC. pp. 676–77. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 25, 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2009.
  9. ^ Seton Hall | Law - Summer in Cairo
  10. ^ Seton Hall | Law - Zanzibar Study Abroad
  11. ^ Seton Hall | Law - Center for Policy and Research
  12. ^ Seton Hall | Law - Guantánamo Reports
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  14. ^ Seton Hall | Law - Press Release
  15. ^ "Triple suicide at Guantanamo camp". BBC News. June 11, 2006.
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  17. ^ Seton Hall- US News Profile
  18. ^ "The 2018 ATL Top 50 Law School Rankings". Above the Law. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  19. ^ "Seton Hall ABA employment summary 2015" (PDF).
  20. ^ a b c "Why Seton Hall Law?". Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  21. ^ "Employment Statistics" (PDF).
  22. ^ a b "NALP 2014 Graduates Summary Report" (PDF).
  23. ^ a b c "Standard 509 Reports". Retrieved 2016-04-27.
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  25. ^ "ABOUT". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
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  27. ^ "One Newark Center". Retrieved 2009-07-05.
  28. ^ Class A Office Space, Property Management, and Building Development in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maryland, and Massachusetts Archived 2007-10-07 at
  29. ^ BCDC Newark: One Newark Center
  30. ^ a b Seton Hall Law Virtual Tour
  31. ^ Seton Hall | Law - Visit/Explore
  32. ^ Seton Hall | Law - Guest Information
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  39. ^ Seton Hall | Law - Board of Visitors
  40. ^ Council of American Ambassadors > Members > Clay Constantinou Archived 2010-09-17 at the Wayback Machine
  41. ^ Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. (D)
  42. ^ "Donald DiFrancesco". Daily News. New York. Archived from the original on 2010-09-08. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
  43. ^ "Thomas Greelish, 51, Former U.S. Attorney". The New York Times. June 25, 1991.
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  51. ^ Anthony Principi, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, 2001-2005
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  54. ^ Bob Smith (D)
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  57. ^ Speiser, Matthew. "Jersey City honors trail blazing judge with post office dedication", The Jersey Journal, December 9, 2014. Accessed February 27, 2018. "Shirley A. Tolentino was a woman of many firsts.In 1976, she was the first female African-American Jersey City Municipal Court judge. In 1981, she became the first black female presiding judge of the Jersey City Municipal Court. And in 1984, she became the first female African-American Superior Court judge in the state.... She received her Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School in 1971 as the only female African-American student in her class."

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