Seton Hall University School of Law

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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. Seton Hall Law School is one of three law schools in New Jersey. 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).

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. 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.

The J.D. degree program of 85 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. 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. According to the 2008 edition of the ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools, 359 students matriculated to the law school last year. 53% of the first year class entered on a full-time basis. 47% of the first year class entered on a part-time basis. 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.

Center for Policy and Research
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. According to a study published by the Center for Policy and Research on December 7, 2009 titled "Death in Camp Delta, " the government's investigation does not support that committed suicide by hanging themselves inside of their cells.

For 2011, the U.S. News and World Report ranked the school 61st in the nation. The school's health law program is consistently ranked among the top ten health law programs in the country and is currently ranked 8th by US News & World Report. The 2010 Super Lawyers U.S. law school rankings ranks Seton Hall School of Law 40th among the top 180 law schools. In 2011, The National Law Journal ranked Seton Hall School of Law 33rd in its annual survey of the law schools that NLJ 250 law firms relied on the most to fill their first-year associate classes.

Seton Hall School of Law is currently the only law school in NJ with an active newspaper, The Cross Examiner. The school produces four journals: Circuit Review, Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, Legislative Journal, and the Seton Hall Law Review.

A January 15, 2004 New Jersey Law Journal article by Jim Edwards detailed how Seton Hall Law was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for discrimination practices. A September 24, 2007 Wall Street Journal article by Amir Efrati discusses the difficulties law school graduates face in the legal job market. The article quotes a Seton Hall Law graduate who calls his Seton Hall Law degree "a waste". An August 15, 2010 Star Ledger article by Leslie Kwoh calls into question Seton Hall Law's published employment statistics, and quotes a graduate describing the school as a " Ponzi scheme" The article discusses the law school's questionable "employment statistics" and how they are used to induce students to attend. Notably, the law school did not provide any backup documentation to support these "statistics" The American Bar Association is studying how all "schools can more accurately report their job placement and salary figures".

At One Newark Center, the Law School and several academic centers of the University are housed in a modern 22-story skyscraper building in the business and high-tech heart of Downtown Newark completed in 1991. The Newark Campus building provides 210,000 square feet (20,000 m 2) and an additional 65,000 square feet (6,000 m 2) 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). 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.

Notable alumni
  • Christopher Bateman (J.D.), New Jersey State Senator representing the 16th legislative district.
  • John O. Bennett (J.D., 1974), former New Jersey State Senator and acting Governor.
  • Peter Cammarano (J.D., 2002), former Mayor of Hoboken, arrested in Operation Bid Rig and sentenced to 24 months in Federal prison
  • Michael Chagares (J.D., 1987), federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Chris Christie (J.D., 1987), Governor of New Jersey, United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
  • Clay Constantinou (J.D., 1981), former US Ambassador to Luxembourg from 1994 to 1999.
  • Patrick J. Diegnan, (J.D.), New Jersey State Senator representing the 18th legislative district and Parliamentarian of the New Jersey General Assembly
  • Donald DiFrancesco (J.D., 1969), former Governor of New Jersey
  • Michael J. Doherty (J.D. 1993), New Jersey State Senator representing the 23rd legislative district.
  • Thomas W. Greelish (J.D., 1971), United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey from 1985 to 1987
  • Katharine Sweeney Hayden (J.D., 1975), Federal judge for the United States District of New Jersey.
  • Jerramiah Healy (J.D., 1975), Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Sean T. Kean (J.D.), New Jersey State Senator representing the 11th legislative district.
  • John F. McKeon (J.D., 1983), New Jersey General Assembly and former mayor of West Orange, New Jersey.
  • Bart Oates (J.D.), three-time Super Bowl Champion and President of the New Jersey Hall of Fame
  • Anthony Principi (J.D., 1975), 4th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • Richie Roberts (J.D., 1970), former detective and attorney responsible for the arrest and prosecution of Frank Lucas, portrayed by Russell Crowe in the film American Gangster
  • Bob Smith (J.D.), New Jersey State Senator representing the 17th legislative district.

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