We Prepare, Challenge and Inspire Our Students to Make a Difference in the World
To the students, alumni, faculty, and staff of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, the law is not just something to be studied — it is to be lived. It informs our careers, our lives and our interactions with fellow citizens. It is the means by which we make an impact in the world. Courts, law firms, and employers recognize the significance of a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Hofstra Law, or a degree from our joint J.D./M.B.A. and J.D./M.P.H. programs because they know our graduates are renowned for their legal knowledge, preparedness, and poise. Our curriculum evolves every year to address changes in the law and practice, as when we recently became one of the first law schools in the country to institute a required first-year course in transnational law. Our students have long been involved in clinics, fellowships, externships and pro bono opportunities that give them real attorney experience — practicing alongside veteran lawyers — before they’ve graduated. After embarking on their career of choice, lawyers still come to Hofstra Law to further their development with programs such as the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Legal Studies or Family Law. Hofstra Law is home to approximately 850 students, an alumni base of more than 11,000 members, 51 administrators and a distinguished full-time faculty of 46 full-time professors, 6 visiting professors and nearly 60 adjunct professors, including many scholars recognized as national and international experts in their field. The Maurice A. Deane School of Law is part of Hofstra University and is fully accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.
Mission & History
The mission of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law is to prepare, challenge and inspire our students to make a difference in the world while we advance important ideas through the legal academy, the profession, and society — making an impact of our own. Since 1970, we have provided a comprehensive, contemporary law education to our students, helping them become skilled, informed and ethical attorneys. We have a history of making meaningful contributions to the local and national dialogues about pressing social issues. We insist on creating a place where students, faculty, judges, lawyers, scholars, and professionals from a variety of disciplines can come together to broaden everyone’s perspectives and advance justice for all. Since our inception, we have believed in the value of an education steeped in legal theory and practical experience. We were one of the first schools in the country to adopt clinical education in our curriculum, and we have served for many years as the regional center for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA).