Quinnipiac University School of Law

Quinnipiac University School of Law

name = Quinnipiac University School of Law
established = 1990
type = Private
dean = Brad Saxton [http://law.quinnipiac.edu/x241.xml?School=&Dept=&Person=23443]
city = Hamden
state = Connecticut
country = USA
students = 388
alumni = 4,800
campus = suburban
website = http://www.law.quinnipiac.edu
accreditation = American Bar Association and Association of American Law Schools

Quinnipiac University School of Law, located in Quinnipiac University, is the youngest law school in the U.S. state of Connecticut, having received full accreditation from the American Bar Association in 1995 and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The law school was formerly the University of Bridgeport Law School, part of the University of Bridgeport. The University of Bridgeport went through financial hardships in the early 1990s. In order for the law school to remain open it had to merge with a financially sound university. The law school received bids to be taken over by nearby Sacred Heart University and Quinnipiac. The law school faculty and students voted to merge with Quinnipiac because they felt it a more financially sound University than Sacred Heart. The law school retained the name University of Bridgeport law school until the name was officially changed in the 1990s.

As of 2008, Quinnipiac University School of Law is ranked in the third tier in the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings. The 2008 U.S. News and World Report rankings [http://law.quinnipiac.edu/x555.xml] show a marked improvement in the law school's ranking, moving up 8 spots to 108. With a strong commitment to improving the national reputation of the law school, the administration is confident the top 100 is soon within reach.

The 50,000-square-foot, two-level Law Library is recognized by the American Institute of Architects and the Library Administration and Management Association as one of the six most architecturally distinguished libraries in the country, the law library houses more than 425,000 volumes and offers wireless access throughout. An agreement with Yale Law School allows students full use of their law library.

Located within the School of Law Center, the Grand Courtroom is designed as a place where students can conduct a mock trial before a judge and jury and make appellate arguments to a panel of judges. On several occasions it has hosted sessions of the Connecticut Supreme Court and Connecticut Appellate Court. It also serves as a spacious lecture hall for guest speakers who visit the School of Law.


Degree programs: JD, JD/MBA, LLM in health law

Concentrations: Civil advocacy and dispute resolution, criminal law and advocacy, family and juvenile law, health law, intellectual property, tax.

Externships: Corporate counsel, criminal justice, family and juvenile law, judicial, legal services, legislative, mediation, public interest, field placement II.

In-house clinical programs: Civil, tax, advanced, evening, defense appellate, prosecution appellate.

Other learning opportunities: Summer study in Ireland, other opportunities to study abroad.

Full-time faculty: 37; adjunct: 35 per semester "Many professors also hold teaching positions at Yale Law School"

Student-to-faculty ratio: 11 to 1; average class size: under 25

Student Body

Enrollment: 388

* First-year profile: 47 percent female, 53 percent male; 18 percent students of color; average age: 25.
* LSAT scores:: - Day division program (full time) LSAT (25th–75th percentiles): 157 / 160: - Evening division program (part time) LSAT (25th–75th percentiles): 152 / 156

Costs & Financial Aid

Tuition: Full-time students: $35,600 ($17,800 per semester). Part-time students: $1,240 per credit.

Financial aid: Free Application for Federal Student Aid available. Admitted applicants also automatically considered for merit-based grants and scholarships that range from $3,000 per year to full tuition.

The Deans Fellowship is typically awarded to 8-10 students per year and covers full tuition.

The "Raymond E. Baldwin Award for Public Service" is an award given for public service in honor of Judge Raymond E. Baldwin

Student Life

Student organizations: More than 20 clubs plus the opportunity to create your own

Housing: Quinnipiac University offers help to law students seeking off-campus housing via the Office of Residential Life.


President: John L. Lahey.

Dean: Brad Saxton.

"'Accreditations: Fully approved by the American Bar Association and a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

Alumni: 4,800."'

External links

* [http://law.quinnipiac.edu/ Website of Quinnipiac University School of Law]

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