In addition to the J.D., the law school offers the LL.M. Students may take relevant courses in other programs and apply credit toward the J.D.; a maximum of nine credits may be applied. The following joint degrees may be earned: J.D./M.B.A. (Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration).
Students must take 15 to 21 credits in their area of concentration. The School of Law offers concentrations in criminal law, family law, intellectual property law, juvenile law, litigation, tax law, health law, and dispute resolution. In addition, students may participate in a Civil Clinic during the day, for 4 to 8 credits, or during the evening for 3-4 credits. There is also a Tax Law Clinic. Seminars are varied. Quinnipiac offers 9 externship programs in areas such as public interest, corporate counsel, judicial, legislative, criminal justice, family and juvenile law, legal services, mediation, and field placement II. There are various research programs. Special lecture series include the Quinnipiac-Yale Dispute Resolution Workshop. There is an ABA accredited summer program in Ireland with Trinity College (Dublin). An academic support program and writing program are available to students at the law school. A bar review class, offered free of charge to Quinnipiac graduates, is taught by a law professor. There is a special minority recruitment and information day at the law school. The Thurgood Marshall Awards reception in the evening recognizes individual achievement and service to the school and community. The most widely taken electives are Criminal Procedure, Family Law, and Advanced Constitutional Law.
To earn the J.D., candidates must complete 86 total credits, of which 32 – 33 are for required courses. They must maintain a minimum GPA of 1.0 in the required courses. The following first-year courses are required of all students: Civil Procedure I and II, Constitutional Law, Contracts I and II, Criminal Law, Legal Skills I and II, Property, and Torts. Required upper-level courses consist of Administrative Law, Business Organizations, Commercial Law, Evidence, Federal Income Taxation, Lawyer’s Professional Responsibility, and Trusts and Estates. The required orientation program for first-year students is a 2-day general introductory program to the school, the faculty, the administration, and the students.
In order to graduate, candidates must have a GPA of 2.0 and have completed the upper-division writing requirement.
In the fall 2007 first-year class, 2985 applied, 831 were accepted, and 128 enrolled. Two transfers enrolled. The median LSAT percentile of the most recent first-year class was 65; the median GPA was 3.31 on a scale of 4.0. The lowest LSAT percentile accepted was 25; the highest was 97.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and take the LSAT. The most important admission factors include undergraduate curriculum, LSAT results life experience, work experience, ethnic background, and writing ability. No specific undergraduate courses are required. Candidates are not interviewed.
The application deadline for fall entry is March 1. Applicants should submit an application form, LSAT results, transcripts, a personal statement, a nonrefundable application fee of $40, 2 letters of recommendation, and r
About 92% of current law students receive some form of aid. The average annual amount of aid from all sources combined, including scholarships, loans, and work contracts, is $36,144; maximum, $68,350. Awards are based on need and merit. Required financial statement is the FAFSA. The aid application deadline for fall entry is April 15. First-year students are notified about their financial aid application at time of acceptance.
About 51% of the student body are women; 15%, minorities; 3%, African American; 7%, Asian American; 4%, Hispanic; 1%, Native American; and 4%, unknown. The majority of students come from Connecticut (65%). The average age of entering students is 25; age range is 22 to 52. About 42% of students enter directly from undergraduate school and 12% have a graduate degree. About 6% drop out after the first year for academic or personal reasons; 94% remain to receive a law degree.
Students edit the Quinnipiac Law Review, Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal, Quinnipiac Health Law Journal, and the student newspaper, The Quinnipiac Legal Times. Moot court competitions are the National Appellate Advocacy Competition, Albert Mugel Tax Moot Court Competition, and Dean Jerome Prince Evidence Competition. The Mock Trial Society competes in American Trial Lawyers Competition, Texas Young Lawyers Association Competition, and the American Bar Association Competition. There are more than 30 student organizations on campus. These, including local chapters of national associations, and campus organizations are Tax Law Society, APALSA, Public Interest Law Project, Student Bar Association, Women’s Law Society, the Black Students Association, Phi Alpha Delta, Phi Delta Phi, and the National Lawyers Guild.
The law school operates on a traditional semester basis. Courses for full-time students are offered both day and evening and must be completed within 84 months. For part-time students, courses are offered both day and evening and must be completed within 84 months. New full- and part-time students are admitted in the fall. There is a 7-week summer session. Transferable summer courses are offered.