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Seton Hall University School of Law
Published July 2008, last updated February 2011
Seton Hall University School of Law is one of three law schools located in the state of New Jersey (Rutgers-Camden and Rutgers-Newark being the other two). Although Seton Hall is slightly higher ranked than the Rutgers schools (#72 versus #80 and #80, respectively), it is also much more expensive to attend. With a sky-high tuition of $45,048 and poor job prospects for the majority of graduates, attending Seton Hall is most likely a bad idea. Even those who receive scholarship money must place in the top 50% of their class in order to avoid losing their aid, so students who do decide to attend Seton Hall on scholarship should be prepared to work hard.
Overall, if you are accepted to one of the Rutgers schools or another cheaper law school in the area, you should seriously consider pursuing that path. While a small number of Seton Hall graduates end up making the big bucks, the vast majority of them do not. If you are not sure about applying to law school or just beginning the application process, then please take the time to read some of the excellent pre-law articles found here.
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Tuition and Fees
As described above, Seton Hall is expensive for students to attend without significant financial aid. Currently, tuition for full-time students is $45,048; for part-time students, it is slightly lower at $33,981. Additionally, the school estimates that students will spend over $20,000 on living expenses, books, health insurance, etc. Overall, the school recommends a total budget of $67,800 yearly for full-time students and $56,433 for part-time students.
To help students combat this debt, the school offers a variety of scholarships and need-based grants. In the most recent data reported to the ABA, the school noted that 37.8% of students (or 415 out of 1,099) received grant and/or scholarship aid. In addition, 55.7% of its grants and scholarships were less than half tuition, 44.3% were half to full tuition, and 0% were full tuition scholarships. Finally, the school gave out less money for part-time students than full-time students – the median grant for full-time students was $20,000, and for part-time students it was $5,425.
One current student who received a half-tuition scholarship feels that the school's expensive tuition helps pay for various benefits that improved campus life immensely. He explains:
While these flourishes are nice, job prospects are what matter in the end, and Seton Hall's employment options for graduates (as described in the Employment section at the end of this profile) are mediocre at best. Another student, currently attending Seton Hall at sticker price, feels that Seton Hall's tuition is justified:
However, it is not necessarily the case that students have to pay nearly as much money to attend a school of comparable stature. For instance, the Rutgers schools cost only $21,486 annually for in-state students (and $31,986 for out-of-state students), and are ranked #80 versus Seton Hall's #72. If job prospects are comparable (and they are), why pay twice as much to attend Seton Hall?
As noted above, even if you receive a significant scholarship from Seton Hall, you might not be able to keep it. The school generally has a top 50% stipulation for keeping scholarship money. While this requirement might seem easy to fulfill (one current student described the stipulations as “more than fair”), you never know how you’ll end up doing on your finals. If you receive a few poor grades your first year, you could be looking at a very expensive sticker price education at Seton Hall. This is why it’s so important to study hard and try your best if you end up attending with a scholarship, as losing that scholarship and placing below median will most likely be devastating for your future job prospects. To read a TLS article about funding your legal education, click here. Also, if you plan on pursuing a career in public interest, click here to learn about the new program called Public Service Loan Forgiveness (or PSLF). Finally, to read about a new payment option for federal student loans called IBR (or Income-Based Repayment), click here.
As a side note, applying to Seton Hall will cost $65, unless one obtains a fee waiver. To read more about how to obtain a fee waiver, click here.
As with most law schools, accepted students’ undergraduate GPAs (or UGPAs) and LSAT scores continue to climb. The following chart gives a numbers profile for the 2008-2009 entering class. To learn more about preparing for the LSAT from some of the highest scorers on TLS, click here.
As can be seen from the above numbers, attending part-time students tend to have lower UGPAs and LSAT scores than full-time students. According to slightly older ABA data, the school received 3,392 applications (2,804 full-time and 588 part-time) and made 1,679 offers (1,453 full-time and 226 part-time). This means that 51.82% of full-time applicants were accepted, and that 38.44% of part-time applicants were accepted. Of those offers, 357 students decided to matriculate (240 full-time, 117 part-time).
Student who enroll in the full-time program attend classes during the day, and students who enroll in the part-time program can attend classes either during the day or during the evening. The full-time and part-time divisions have “fully comparable programs, and all full-time faculty teach in both divisions.” Students who wish to transfer from the part-time program to the full-time program must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 after the spring semester of their first year, and they must complete “5 credits for residency during a summer session.” To find out more about this transferring process, click here.
As a side note, the school writes that if an applicant has taken the LSAT more than once, “The Admissions Committee will consider an applicant's entire testing record, but may use the higher score in evaluating the overall strength of your application.” Additionally, the school suggests that, “An applicant might consider writing a supplemental statement (Question 27B in the Admissions Application) to address any circumstances surrounding a standardized test performance that does not reflect his/her best efforts.”
Of course, numbers aren’t the only part of your application. The school emphasizes that “many additional factors are weighed in our admission process.” Some examples might include “graduate education, work experience, school or community service and other interests.” Along these lines, your resume is a good way of sharing those factors that make you different in a concise and accessible way. To read some advice about creating a professional law school resume, click here.
Seton Hall’s personal statement prompt is very similar to most schools’. The law school asks that applicants submit an essay of “approximately two to three typed pages,” and remarks that they are “interested in learning about the process that has led you to decide to become a lawyer and to seek admission to Seton Hall Law.” They suggest that you do this by reflecting “upon your personal influences” and by providing them with “examples from your experience.” In other words, using the same personal statement as you used for other schools will probably work just fine. That being said, if you want to include specific reasons about why you want to attend Seton Hall, those will surely serve as a bonus in the admissions process. If you’re interested in improving your personal statement or even just looking for ideas to write about, Ken DeLeon, the creator of Top-Law-Schools.com, wrote a fantastic guide to personal statements which can be found here for free.
In addition, the school will accept a “supplemental statement” where one can describe “any experiences or circumstances (including any physical and/or psychological difficulties) not mentioned elsewhere in [the] application, that might have adversely affected any previous academic or standardized testing performance.” Furthermore, they ask, “Do these circumstances still prevail today? If yes, how would this affect your success in a law school program?” This statement functions as an addendum for students who have a previous mark on their record. You can reassure the school that whatever issues you had in the past will not affect your future performance (and thus increase your chance of acceptance). For more information about writing addenda, click here.
When to Apply
Unfortunately, there is no Early Decision (ED) or Early Action (EA) option at Seton Hall. However, the school says that, “All applicants are encouraged to file and complete their applications as early as possible.” Applications open on September 1st and close on April 1st.
Letters of Recommendation
Seton Hall requires two letters of recommendation from applicants. Letters can be submitted “directly to Seton Hall University School of Law by the writer, sent through a college or university credentials service, or be included as part of LSDAS through the Letter of Recommendation service.” In addition, the school requests that “current students and recent graduates” have at least one letter of recommendation from a professor who has taught them. Finally, the school notes that, “Letters of recommendation must be written on letterhead stationery that includes an address. Letters must be recent and must be signed.” To get some additional advice on obtaining letters of recommendation, click here.
The school gives the following information about transferring to Seton Hall:
In addition, the school reports that “decisions will be made by mid-July for applications received and completed by the deadline.” In the last data reported to the ABA, the school noted that 8 students transferred into Seton Hall, and 15 transferred out. Unless one is currently attending a much lower ranked school (with little to no scholarship money) or receives a very generous scholarship offer, transferring to Seton Hall is a risky proposition. Transfer students often report worse job prospects than regular students, and since your employment prospects are already quite tenuous coming out of Seton Hall, this does not make for a promising future. To read a fantastic article about transferring, click here.
URMs (or Underrepresented Minorities)
Because of their disadvantaged histories in the United States, certain minorities enjoy a significant boost in the application process. To read more about this boost and to see whether you classify as an URM, click here. In addition, there are many pre-law programs specifically created to help URM applicants get accepted to top schools. To read more about some of these programs, click here.(back to top)
Law School Culture
Seton Hall University School of Law is located in Newark, NJ. While Newark isn't a bustling metropolis, it does have various recreational opportunities for its residents. First, there are a number of parks in Newark and the surrounding area that students can enjoy when the weather is warm. Choices in Newark include Branch Brook Park, a four-mile stretch that “features thousands of cherry trees that blossom in April,” and Weequahic Park, a “public 18-hole golf course” that can be reached by car in five minutes.
Ski resorts and beaches are also in the nearby area. For instance, one can reach the Mountain Creek ski area (located in Vernon, NJ) in “approximately 45 minutes.” One can also easily get to various New Jersey beaches; if traveling by car, one should be able to reach a beach in “approximately one hour.” In addition, the school's website explains: “The North Jersey Coast line leaves Newark Penn Station regularly bound for beach towns such as Belmar, Spring Lake, Point Pleasant and other New Jersey beaches.”
If you are into sports, then the school's location also offers plenty in this regard. Teams like the New Jersey Nets (for basketball) and the New Jersey Devils (for hockey) are hometown favorites, and students can travel up to nearby New York for Giants, Jets, Knicks, Rangers, Yankees, and Mets games. In addition, Seton Hall has a basketball team (the Pirates), and games are a “popular student event.” The school reports that a “limited number of free tickets for selected games during the season are available for law students at the Office of the Dean of Students.”
As with most other cities, Newark also offers a variety of museums, shows, and local restaurants for students to enjoy. For instance, the local Newark Museum (which includes the Dreyfuss Planetarium) and Library Science Center give students some culture close to home, and nearby New York City offers a multitude of different museums that are “easy to reach via New Jersey Transit and the New York City subway.” The nearby New Jersey Performing Arts Center “hosts nationally acclaimed musicians, off-Broadway plays and musicals, as well as local talents,” and students can enjoy the classical offerings of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Finally, there are numerous restaurants in the area (Maize, Theater Square Grill, and Iberia Peninsula, to name just a few), and if you ever get bored of the food fare in Newark, you can travel to New York City, where the eating options are endless. One current student was surprised that Newark had so much to offer students:
One of the biggest and most pleasant surprises I had coming here was discovering that there is a lot to do in Newark. Many students live in Newark and love it. There are a half dozen bars that SHU students frequent often after school. There are hundreds of food options, especially in the Ironbound, a predominantly Brazilian/Portuguese area of Newark with a lot of culture. Not to mention the Prudential Center, home of the Devils, Nets, SHU Basketball, concerts, etc. Newark is a transportation hub, and it's easy to get to Hoboken, NJ, another popular location, as well as NYC. You will never be bored in your downtime in this area.
The school offers a detailed look at the various housing options available for students on its website. For instance, students can search for housing in Newark, Hoboken, Jersey City, Manhattan, Westfield, and South Orange/Maplewood, to name just a few communities where Seton Hall students often reside. One student commented on the housing situation:
Another student explains further:
Another student remarked that, although he did not live in Newark his first year at law school, he wished that he had. He further explained, “The city gets a bad rap; however the area where the law school is located is phenomenal. There is never a shortage of restaurants and bars, and I feel safe 24 hours a day.”
One current student raved about the facilities at Seton Hall:
Those who want to stay fit while at Seton Hall can go to the school's University Recreation Center. The school's website describes the gym as having “five multipurpose courts for basketball, badminton, and volleyball; a 200-meter indoor track; an 8 lane, 25-yard swimming pool; a fitness/weight room; a dance studio; 4 racquetball courts; and complete locker rooms with saunas.” If you're a full-time student at Seton Hall, you can attend this gym free of charge, but part-time students are required to pay $100 per semester. The gym is located on Seton Hall's main University campus, which is located “about 15 minutes away” from the law school. One current student found this distance “a little disappointing.”
If you're looking for a more extensive gym, you can obtain a membership to the nearby New York Sports Club for cheap. This “full service fitness center” offers a free one-week trial in addition to a “Seton Hall Law School corporate rate.” Other facilities on campus are competent but not remarkable. One student writes, “Everything other than the gym is on par with any other law school I have seen.”
The Student Body
The school gives the following breakdown for the entering class for the fall of 2008:
The school reported in its most recent ABA data that the overall student body was 54.4% male and 45.6% female. One current student emphasizes how diverse the student body is:
In addition, students are overwhelmingly positive about the quality of the student body. One current student writes:
Another student reaffirms this perspective, writing:
In fact, one student describes the friendly atmosphere at Seton Hall as the school's greatest asset. He writes, “The biggest positive is the overall atmosphere created at the school of comfort and openness.” Another student confirms this perspective at length:
Finally, another current student remarks that, while the students at Seton Hall are competitive, it never reaches an unreasonable level:
As with most law schools, there are numerous organizations on campus that students can participate in and enjoy in their scarce free time. For instance, students can join political clubs (the Seton Hall Democrats and Seton Hall Republicans), religious groups (the Muslim Students Association and Christian Legal Fellowship), and many other types of organizations (Intellectual Property Law Association, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, etc.). One student remarked about student involvement in clubs:
There are four different student-run journals at Seton Hall Law School. They are: the Seton Hall Law Review, the Legislative Journal, the Journal of Sports & Entertainment Law, and the Seton Hall Circuit Review. New members to the journals are mainly chosen based on their GPAs as well as their performances in the school's annual writing competition. One student remarks that, “A lot of 1Ls participate in the write-on competition at the end of their first year and are notified of the results by mid-July.”
The Seton Hall Law Review is the school's flagship journal; one current student remarks that the Review is “the most prestigious and most competitive, but every journal is great.” The journal's website reports that “offers are extended to only twenty-five to thirty students who have completed their first year of law school.” Students that are automatically selected to be members of the Law Review include the “top 5 GPAs of those students who participate in the Write-On competition” as well as the “top 10 writing scores (so long as they meet the GPA requirement.” The rest of the members are chosen by their GPAs, assuming that they are in at least the top 50% of the write-on competition.
If you are selected to be on the Review, you can look forward to contributing to a journal that has been “cited numerous times by the Supreme Court of the United States, as well as in hundreds of federal and state court cases.” The journal is published four times annually and tackles issues as diverse as foreign extradition, gamete donation, and maritime torts. Finally, the journal hosts various symposia (usually annually) on different topics; in 2009, the symposium was entitled “Securities Regulation and the Global Economic Crisis: What Does the Future Hold?” and had eight different “featured presenters.”
Another popular publication at Seton Hall is the school's Legislative Journal. Much like the Law Review, students are selected through a combination of write-on score and GPA. Students who are chosen to work on the Legislative Journal can look forward to “[acquiring] valuable skills and expertise in legislative scholarship and in legal writing and editing.” Recent issues have addressed topics like labor management relations, the No Child Left Behind Act, and cyberbullying. In addition, much like the Law Review, the Legislative Journal hosts regular symposia; for 2010, the topic was, “The 2005 Bankruptcy Amendments: Where Are We Now?”
A slightly newer but still important publication at Seton Hall is the Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law. Currently on its 20th volume, the journal “explores the expanding disciplines” of law and business within the sports and entertainment industries. Much like the previously discussed journals, students are selected for membership by their write-on score and GPA. Recent issues have discussed female athletics and baseball arbitration, and the journal's most recent symposium addressed topics like, “Financial & Estate Planning for Athletes & Entertainers in Turbulent Times” and “Franchise Bankruptcy & Relocation Rights.”
Finally, the newest journal at Seton Hall (it was founded in 2004) is the school's Seton Hall Circuit Review. Only published twice a year, the journal is “dedicated to the study of the work of the United States Courts of Appeals.” The membership requirements for this publication are interesting in that they focus more on writing ability than GPA. The journal's website states that:
In other words, those who might not qualify for the other journals have a chance of being selected for the Circuit Review.
As is standard practice, first-year students at Seton Hall Law School enroll in a number of required classes. These include staples like Contracts, Torts, Constitutional Law, etc. In their second years, students have a few classes they are required to take (Business Associations, Federal Income Taxation, and Evidence), but the majority of class time is taken up by electives. Students can declare concentrations in Intellectual Property Law or Health Law (which was recently ranked 8th in the nation by U.S. News) and can take courses in subjects as varied as Taxation, Property and Estates Law, Environmental Law, and History and Philosophy of Law. For a full listing of courses available at Seton Hall, click here.
One important way that the school supports its Health Law program is through the Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law. This center “comprises three degree programs for JD, LLM and MSJ students, as well a certification program in Health Care Compliance,” and also “produces scholarship through journal publication and white papers on emerging legal, ethical, and social issues in health and pharmaceutical law.” One current student commented about the center, “The Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law draws many incoming students to our school because of the strength and reputation of our Health Law program. Many students concentrate in Health Law and have a great resource at hand through this center.”
Another center that enhances the intellectual life at Seton Hall is the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology. This institute is the bastion on campus for intellectual property law. It provides students with the resources necessary to handle the “complex issues” associated with intellectual property law in the 21st century. For instance, students can pursue a concentration in intellectual property law, and can choose between two different tracks (intellectual property or entertainment law). Classes include Law in the Music Industry, Securities Regulation, and Entertainment Contracts, Negotiation & Drafting, among many others.
There are four different joint degrees that students at Seton Hall can pursue. These include a JD / MA in Diplomacy and International Relations, a JD / MBA, a JD / MD, and an interesting six-year program with the New Jersey Institute of Technology where students earn a BS and JD consecutively. One current student writes, “I know a couple of people who are doing the joint J.D. / M.B.A. program, and they both seem to be satisfied with it.” To read more about joint degrees and why one might pursue one, click here and here.
Students interviewed about their professors were overwhelmingly positive. One student commented:
Another student reaffirmed this viewpoint, writing:
Finally, yet another student also greatly enjoyed his professors at Seton Hall:
Overall, students seem very satisfied with their classes. One writes, “There are always the first year legal concepts that basically have no practical effect. However, I view my overall academic experience as being extremely gratifying. The professors have gotten me excited to become a lawyer through stories of their own practices and experiences.” Another reinforces this viewpoint, writing, “I do think I have learned a lot over the course of my first year at SHU Law and think the education is a 'practical' one. I have been able to apply a lot of what I learned in my summer internship and was definitely prepared to work at my summer job as a result.” Finally, a current student explains how he thinks his Seton Hall education has been practical thus far:
There are a number of study abroad programs that students can enjoy while at Seton Hall. Locations include Cairo, Jordan, Zanzibar, and Geneva. In addition, there is a joint Cairo/Jordan program for those who want to experience both places in one summer. Total costs for these trips can be quite expensive, ranging from $6,000 to $10,000 for most Seton Hall students. Curriculum generally focuses on areas of international law, such as European Union Law, International Oil and Tax Law, and Slavery, Human Trafficking and the Law. Please note that the Zanzibar program differs from the others in that it is a “winter intersession program” that lasts for roughly two weeks in late December, whereas the other programs take place over the summer.
Seton Hall students who are interested in public interest law will have plenty of opportunities to get first-hand experience with clients before they graduate. As the school's website writes:
One of the main ways that the school approaches public interest law is through its “centers.” The Center for Policy and Research and the Center for Social Justice both work to shape the future of public policy. For instance, the Center for Policy and Research gives students the opportunity to “gain experience in forensic analysis and investigation through research into national policies and practices.” The center's most famous project is its Guantánamo Reports, where Fellows of the center analyzed “the government’s own data through the systematic review of literally over 100,000 pages of government documents procured through the Freedom of Information Act” in order to “illuminate the interrogations and intelligence practices of the United States.” These reports have made a significant splash in the international community; as the school's website writes:
The Center for Social Justice has seven different clinics that work to give pro bono legal service to those who need it. These clinics include the Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation Clinic, the Civil Litigation Clinic, the Family Law Clinic, the Equal Justice Clinic, the Immigrants’ Rights/International Human Rights Clinic, the Impact Litigation Clinic, and the Juvenile Justice Clinic. One student remarks about the clinical program at Seton Hall:
As you might guess from above, the clinics at Seton Hall span a variety of different areas. The school's website explains:
One student raves about this center:
Another student confirms this perspective on the Center for Social Justice, writing:
Finally, yet another student raves about the center, describing it as a “living, breathing law firm”:
In addition, if you are a particularly promising public interest student, you might be named a Center for Social Justice scholar. Two first-year students are chosen for this program each year; one will work with the center's International Human Rights/Rule of Law Project, while the other will work on the Urban Revitalization Project. In each of these projects, students will get the chance to help shape policy in fields where reform is desperately needed. Selected scholars will receive a $10,000 tuition scholarship for each remaining year of law school as well as “participation in educational and networking events for CSJ Scholars” and “assistance in locating summer internships at prestigious public interest organizations, with a stipend funded through a Public Interest Legal Fellowship.” In addition to this program, there are other fellowship opportunities for public interest students; these include the Distinguished Public Interest Scholarship, the Public Interest Law Fellowships, The Samuel J. Heyman Public Service Program, and the Verizon Public Interest Fellowship Program.
Finally, there are several different organizations on campus that are dedicated to public interest law and public policy. These include the American Constitution Society, the Haiti Rule of Law Association, the Family Law Society, the International Law Society, the Public Interest Network, and the Student Outreach Society. Students at Seton Hall certainly have many different venues to get involved in public interest law, and those who have the initiative can receive valuable clinical and fellowship experience before heading off to defend people in the real world.
LRAP (Loan Repayment Assistance Program)
Like many other schools, Seton Hall offers a public interest LRAP (or Loan Repayment Assistance Program) to students. In essence, the school offers a low-interest loan (5%) that they must begin to repay as soon as they are no longer participating in the LRAP. As a student stays in the program, he/she will “have a portion of [his/her] indebtedness forgiven” based on the following “sliding” scale:
Those who stay in program for six consecutive years will have their entire loan indebtedness forgiven. This might seem like a great program, but its effectiveness in reducing student debt is slightly dubious. The annual salary cap for students to stay in the program is $60,000, and the maximum annual loan amount is $10,000. Thus, if one does not receive significant scholarship money while at Seton Hall and/or does not meet the numerous requirements to stay in the LRAP, one will almost undoubtedly be in financial trouble. Jobs that qualify for the LRAP include being an attorney “with a not-for-profit organization that provides, directly or through public policy efforts, advocacy advancing the interests of those traditionally underserved by the legal system, or an organization (whether governmental or not-for-profit) that provides constitutionally mandated services to criminal defendants.”(back to top)
In the school's most recent ABA data, it is reported that the vast majority of students that started their legal education at Seton Hall finished their studies there. With a 1st year attrition rate of 7.7%, a 2nd year attrition rate of 7.1%, and a 3rd year attrition rate of 0.3%, students compete with the vast majority of their starting classmates for jobs.
When it comes to securing employment for its graduates, Seton Hall often falls short. Unfortunately, the most recent data available is from the Class of 2008; because employment prospects were better back then, these numbers will be somewhat inflated when compared to today's situation. However, even if we take the data at face value, it still shows that Seton Hall graduates, even back when the Class of 2008 found employment, often struggle to find jobs that will pay off their tremendous debts quickly.
The school reports that, with 100% of graduates reporting employment information, 94.74% were employed within nine months, 94.04% of graduates reported their employer type, and 66.45% of graduates reported their salaries as well. The following chart displays a further breakdown of this data.
With only 40.21% of employed graduates who reported their employer type finding jobs at law firms, Seton Hall's graduates are already off to a rocky start. In addition, the median salaries given above are not necessarily accurate; with only two-thirds of the class reporting its salaries, these numbers are most likely inflated. Also note that the second largest category of employment is judicial clerkships, which have low pay and do not qualify for LRAP benefits. The school further breaks down private practice employment by size of firm:
While these numbers might seem initially impressive, they paint a bleak picture for most Seton Hall graduates. For instance, only 14.67% of employed graduates who reported their employer type (or 13.80% of all graduates) managed to find work in “large firms” of 101 or more attorneys. Please note that this latter percentage ignores the 0.7% of students that found employment but did not report their employer type. It is most likely the case that these students did not find jobs on this very prestigious level, and even if they did, the data is still virtually the same, as 0.7% of Seton Hall's graduating class is only two or three students.
So, if you don’t place in the top 20% of your class, finding a job that pays well enough to repay your loans in a reasonable time will most likely be a nightmare. In addition, as stated previously, the salary information reported above is collected from only 66.45% of graduates; while this is a majority, salaries from a very sizable portion of the class (33.55%) are unknown. In other words, prospective students should be skeptical of the average and median salaries listed above, as they are compiled from incomplete data.
The NALP Directory of Legal Employers lists only 52 law firms' offices attending Seton Hall's on-campus interview (OCI) program for the 2010-2011 academic year. As a point of comparison, Rutgers-Camden reports 38 law firms' offices, and Rutgers-Newark reports 58 law firms' offices. These schools offer similar job prospects at a considerably lower cost, so applicants should certainly take them into consideration if they are looking at Seton Hall as a potential law school.
Students do seem positive about summer job prospects. One writes, “I personally cannot weigh in on job prospects since I just finished my first year. However, all of the 1Ls I know have summer internships or research positions, and many of the 2Ls I know have summer work as well.” However, it is questionable how well these summer positions translate into real employment after graduation. The school's Office of Career Services helps students prepare for their job searches in a number of ways. One student explains:
Another student reinforces this point, writing:
Finally, yet another student has positive things to say:
It is no coincidence that there are numerous blogs that try to dissuade potential students from attending Seton Hall. While these online publications are volatile and somewhat vulgar in their delivery, they do have a legitimate point that Seton Hall graduates often end up with massive student loans and little chance of paying them back in a reasonable amount of time. Simply read some of the posts written here to get a taste of what many people think about Seton Hall. This is not to say that those who go to Seton Hall are doomed to be unsuccessful; however, placing near the top of one's class is almost a prerequisite for a career and life that is not marred by crushing loan payments.(back to top)
Attending Seton Hall Law School should be a decision that is thought over with great care. The school's job prospects are mediocre for the vast majority of graduates, and the tuition is frankly outrageous. Despite what the U.S. News Rankings might say from year to year, one would almost undoubtedly be better off paying in-state tuition at one of the Rutgers schools. As a point of comparison, the annual in-state tuition for the Rutgers schools is $21,486, and the annual out-of-state tuition is $31,986. With Seton Hall clocking in at $45,048 for full-time students, attending without aid will likely lead to significant financial difficulties down the road. If you receive a significant scholarship and decide to attend, keep in mind that you must maintain a GPA in the top 50% of your class.
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