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Hofstra University

Hofstra University is New York’s largest private college. The university is located approximately 25 miles east of New York City, less than an hour away by car or train. The university currently has about 150 undergraduate and about 160 graduate programs to choose from, in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business, Communication, Education, Health and Human Services and Honors studies, as well as a School of Law and School of Medicine. The student-faculty ratio is an impressive 14 to 1.

Hofstra offers students a diverse mix of cultural, social, athletic and recreational activities to deliver. the full college experience. The university is located on a beautiful, 240-acre campus on Long Island, with easy access to the academic, cultural and career opportunities in the New York City metropolitan area.

The school has hosted conferences and symposia featuring dignitaries such as Margaret Thatcher and Howard Dean. Hofstra is renowned for a series of illustrious Presidential conferences, at which the administrations of former U.S. Presidents—most recently, Bill Clinton—are debated by leading political figures and intellectuals.

The Law School

Founded in 1970, Hofstra University School of Law offers concentration in 15 areas of study. The school is located on the southern part of the University campus in Hempstead, New York.

Hofstra Law School offers a JD, a joint JD/MBA degree, a JD/MS in Taxation and LL.M degrees in International Law, American Law (for foreign law graduates) and Family law. The school has also recently introduced a part-time J.D. program.

Hofstra Law was one of the first schools in the US to adopt clinical education and has served for many years as the regional center for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Currently, the school offers seven client representation clinics as well as extensive externship and pro bono opportunities.

Hofstra Law School boasts a student body of more than 1,200 students, with an alumni base of nearly 9,000 members.

Tuition Fees

Tuition is approximately $42,000 for full-time students and $21,000 for part-time.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements of the American Legal studies program are as follows: applicants must have a degree in law from an accredited foreign law school. Applicants with undergraduate law degrees from foreign schools must take a one week course in the U.S. legal system prior to the start of the fall term.

LLM applicants must complete 24 credit hours of courses from the Hofstra Law School curriculum. All applicants must take Legal Writing and Research in their first fall term.

The entry requirements of the Family Law LLM are as follows: applicants are required to complete 24 credits and must attain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0.

With permission, candidates may complete LL.M. degree requirements on a part-time basis.

The Program

Hofstra offers two LLM programs; one in Family Law and one in American Legal Studies.

The Family Law LL.M. program is steered by the reality that family courts integrate a wide range of dispute resolution procedures and are populated by professionals from multiple areas.

American Legal Studies is constructed for foreign law graduates who want to pursue general training in U.S. law and practice. This LLM degree is especially beneficial to those who aspire to work in U.S. or international law firms with U.S. clients, international corporations, or in government service. This degree is also valuable for students who are interested in taking the New York State Bar Examination.

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