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Seton Hall University School of Law (also known as Seton Hall Law School) is the law school of Seton Hall University. Located in downtown Newark, New Jersey|Newark, New Jersey, Seton Hall Law is one of two law schools in the state of New Jersey. The school confers three law degrees: Juris Doctor (J.D.), Master of Laws (LL.M.), and Master of Science in Jurisprudence. The law school is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), and has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since its founding in 1951. [1]


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.[2] The school was also fully accredited by the American Bar Association in that same year. Kathleen M. Boozang became Dean in 2015 succeeding Patrick E. Hobbs.[3]

Seton Hall Law is part of Seton Hall University, a private Catholic university with a main campus in South Orange, NJ. [4]

JD Programs

The Juris doctor|J.D. degree program of 88 credits can be pursued as a full time or a weekend student. Full-time students can complete the program in three years; weekend students can complete in four years or fewer if they accelerate their studies. [5] Weekend students spend alternating weekends on campus each semester and engage in asynchronous online coursework while off-campus. [6]

Other Degree Offerings

Seton Hall Law offers a Master of Science in Jurisprudence (M.S.J.) in Financial Services Compliance, Health and Hospital Law, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Law and Compliance, Intellectual Property Law, or Privacy Law & Cyber Security. [7]

A Master of Laws (LL.M.) is also offered with concentrations in Financial Services Compliance, Health Law, and Intellectual Property Law. [8]

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. [9]

In Fall 2019, 216 students matriculated as 1Ls. [10]

Centers of Excellence

The Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy educates lawyers and health care sector professionals regarding the complex set of laws that govern patients, health care providers, and life science companies.[11]

The Institute for Privacy Protection educates consumers and businesses to provide inter-disciplinary forums to address emerging privacy issues by educating professionals, businesses, and organizations in this rapidly evolving area.[12]

The Seton Hall Law Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology educates and trains the next generation of attorneys and professionals for the complex issues they will face as scientific and technological advances challenge business, law, and legal institutions.[13]

The Center for Social Justice is one of the nation’s strongest pro bono and clinical programs, enabling students to gain hands-on experience while providing legal services to economically disadvantaged area residents.[14]

The Center for Policy and Research provides law students with an uncommon opportunity to gain experience in forensic analysis and investigation through research into national policies and practices.[15]


The 2019 U.S. News and World Report ranked Seton Hall Law #59 in its Best Law Schools ranking.[16] For twenty years, the school's health law program has consistently ranked in the Top 10 by U.S. News & World Report.[17]

Above the Law ranked the school #35 out of the top 50 law schools in the nation.[18]

The National Law Journal ranked Seton Hall's 2018 graduating class as 1st in the nation for state and federal clerkships and 11th in the nation for employment.[19]

Employment and Bar Passage

Employment Status for Class of 2018 Graduates: Total employment rate for the class of 2018 was 98.1%; Bar Pass required or J.D. Advantage totaled 94.3%. Employed students hold positions in Judicial Clerkships (58.23%), Private Practice (26.58%), Corporate or Business (6.96%), Government or Public Interest (6.33%), and 1.9% unemployed graduates are seeking employment. [20]

Seton Hall Law class of 2018’s overall bar passage rate for first-time applicants in July 2018 was 82.28%. [21]


The tuition and fees for the Law School are $55,788 for incoming full-time students and $42,076 for incoming part-time students for the 2019-20 academic year. However, 81% of incoming students in 2019 received scholarship funding, and 75%-85% of funded students typically renew scholarships after the first year.[22]

The median grant amount was $25,000 for full-time students and $19,400 for weekend students, bringing net-tuition (tuition less scholarship and grants) for those receiving the median grant amount to $27,206 for full-time students and $19,754 for weekend students. [23]


The school produces two journals: Seton Hall Law Review[24] and the Seton Hall Legislative Journal.


At One Newark Center, the Law School is housed in a 22-story building in Downtown Newark completed in 1991.[25] The Newark Campus building provides 210,000 square feet (20,000 m2) including 65,000 square feet (6,000 m2) of library, named for Congressman Peter W. Rodino, Jr.. 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).[26] While many students commute from around the New York metropolitan area, other students choose to reside 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.[27]


The dean is Kathleen M. Boozang.[28]

Notable alumni

  • Madeline Cox Arleo (J.D. 1989), federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey [29]
  • Antonio Arocho (J.D. 1984), former Executive Director of the Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Christopher Bateman (J.D.), New Jersey State Senator representing the 16th legislative district.[30]
  • John O. Bennett (J.D., 1974), former New Jersey State Senator and acting Governor.[31]
  • Craig Carpenito (J.D., 2000), United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
  • Dennis M. Cavanaugh (J.D., 1972), federal judge (retired) for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey[32]
  • Michael Chagares (J.D., 1987), federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit[33]
  • Chris Christie (J.D., 1987), Governor of New Jersey, former United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
  • Clay Constantinou (J.D., 1981), former US Ambassador to Luxembourg from 1994 to 1999.[34][35]
  • Patrick J. Diegnan, (J.D.), New Jersey State Assemblyman representing the 18th legislative district and Parliamentarian of the New Jersey General Assembly[36]
  • Donald DiFrancesco (J.D., 1969), former Governor of New Jersey[37]
  • Michael J. Doherty (J.D. 1993), New Jersey State Senator representing the 23rd legislative district.[38]
  • Thomas W. Greelish (J.D., 1971), United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey from 1985 to 1987[39]
  • Katharine Sweeney Hayden (J.D., 1975), Federal judge for the United States District of New Jersey.[40]
  • Noel Lawrence Hillman (J.D., 1985), federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.[41]
  • Sean T. Kean (J.D.), New Jersey State Senator representing the 11th legislative district.[42]
  • Brian R. Martinotti (J.D. 1986), Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Paul Matey (J.D. 2001), Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • John F. McKeon (J.D., 1983), New Jersey General Assembly and former mayor of West Orange, New Jersey.[43]
  • Mark McNulty (politician) (J.D., 1973), former Delaware Secretary of Transportation, who served in cabinet of Governor Dale E. Wolf.
  • Raj Mukherji (J.D. 2013), New Jersey State Assemblyman and former Deputy Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey.[44]
  • Bart Oates (J.D.), three-time Super Bowl Champion and President of the New Jersey Hall of Fame[45]
  • Joel A. Pisano (J.D., 1974) retired federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (2000-2015)[46]
  • Anthony Principi (J.D., 1975), 4th [nited States Secretary of Veterans Affairs[47]
  • 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[48]
  • Peter G. Sheridan (J.D., 1977) U.S. District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. [49]
  • Michael A. Shipp (J.D. 1994) U.S. District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. [50]
  • Bob Smith (J.D.), New Jersey State Senator representing the 17th legislative district.[51]
  • Mark Sokolich (J.D.) Mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey[52]
  • Walter F. Timpone (J.D. 1979), Associate Justice for the Supreme Court of New Jersey. [53]
  • Shirley Tolentino (J.D., 1971), the first black woman to serve on New Jersey Superior Court and the first black woman appointed to the Jersey City Municipal Court and to serve as its presiding judge.[54]
  • John Michael Vazquez (J.D. 1996), Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Quick reference

Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey. Retrieved April 19, 2016

  1. https://law.shu.edu/about/history.cfm, History of Seton Hall Law
  2. https://law.shu.edu/About/history.cfm, History of Seton Hall Law.
  3. https://law.shu.edu/faculty/full-time/kathleen-boozang.cfm, Kathleen M. Boozang
  4. https://www.shu.edu/, Seton Hall University
  5. https://law.shu.edu/admissions/index.cfm, JD Admissions
  6. https://law.shu.edu/part-time-jd-degree/index.cfm, Part-time Law Degree
  7. https://law.shu.edu/online/graduate-degrees/MSJ/index.cfm,M.S.J. (Masters Degree for Non-Lawyers)
  8. https://law.shu.edu/online/graduate-degrees/LLM/index.cfm,LL.M. Masters of Laws Degree
  9. https://law.shu.edu/admissions/dual-degree-programs/index.cfm, Dual Degree Programs
  10. https://law.shu.edu/ProspectiveStudents/class-profile.cfm, Prospective Students
  11. https://law.shu.edu/health-law/index.cfm, Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy
  12. https://law.shu.edu/privacy-protection/index.cfm, Institute for Privacy Protection
  13. https://law.shu.edu/intellectual-property/index.cfm, Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology
  14. https://law.shu.edu/clinics/index.cfm, Center for Social Justice (CSJ)
  15. https://law.shu.edu/policy-research/index.cfm, Center for Policy and Research
  16. https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/seton-hall-university-03099
  17. https://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/seton-hall-university-03099, U.S. News & World Report
  18. https://abovethelaw.com/law-school-rankings/top-law-schools/?hsCtaTracking=bcd9f7da-0406-46d7-afaf-70c8618ed2d7%7Cdc73aea4-b6ea-4ee4-8936-0f5804efdaa6, The 2018 ATL Top 50 Law School Rankings
  19. https://law.shu.edu/articles/law-jobs-grads-hiring-report-20190508.pdf, Hiring Report
  20. https://law.shu.edu/admissions/outcomes.cfm, A Focus On Outcomes
  21. https://law.shu.edu/admissions/outcomes.cfm, A Focus On Outcomes
  22. https://law.shu.edu/prospectivestudents/class-profile.cfm, Incoming Class Profile
  23. http://www.abarequireddisclosures.org, Standard 509 Reports
  24. http://scholarship.shu.edu/shlr/
  25. https://law.shu.edu/admissions/campus-life.cfm
  26. http://law.shu.edu/VisitExplore/index.cfm Seton Hall, Visit Seton Hall Law
  27. http://law.shu.edu/Students/academics/graduation/commencement/guest-information.cfm Seton Hall, Guest Information
  28. https://law.shu.edu/faculty/full-time/kathleen-boozang.cfm,Kathleen M. Boozang
  29. https://www.njd.uscourts.gov/content/madeline-cox-arleo
  30. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/abcroster.asp, Alphabetical List of Members
  31. https://www.nga.org/governor/john-o-bennett, John O. Bennett
  32. http://www.fjc.gov/servlet/nGetInfo?jid=2880&cid=999&ctype=na&instate=na
  33. https://web.archive.org/web/20050510152333/http://www.ca3.uscourts.gov/judgelist/coa-jdgs.pdf
  34. http://law.shu.edu/Alumni/Board-of-Visitors.cfm, Board of Visitors
  35. http://www.americanambassadors.org/index.cfm?
  36. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=203, Patrick J. Diegnan Jr.]
  37. http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Donald+DiFrancesco
  38. =njleg.state.nj.us
  39. https://www.nytimes.com/1991/06/25/obituaries/thomas-greelish-51-former-us-attorney.html?pagewanted=1, Thomas Greelish
  40. http://www.thesedonaconference.org/people/profiles/HaydenKatharine, The Sedona Conference
  41. http://www.fjc.gov/servlet/nGetInfo?jid=3118&cid=999&ctype=na&instate=na
  42. njleg.state.nj.us
  43. http://www.njvoterinfo.org/c/mckeon.php
  44. http://www.electraj.com
  45. http://bartoates.com/Biography.htm Bart Oates
  46. http://www.fjc.gov/servlet/nGetInfo?jid=2851&cid=999&ctype=na&instate=na
  47. https://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/government/principi-bio.html, Anthony Principi
  48. http://www.charlierose.com/guest/view/6204, Charlie Rose
  49. http://www.fjc.gov/servlet/nGetInfo?jid=3120&cid=999&ctype=na&instate=na
  50. https://www.fjc.gov/history/judges/shipp-michael-andre, Michael Andre
  51. https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=53, Bob Smith
  52. http://fortlee.patch.com/groups/david-sarnoffs-blog/p/bp--a-conversation-with-fort-lee-mayor-mark-sokolich
  53. https://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/06/christie_attends_walter_timpone_swearing-in_ceremo.html
  54. http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2014/12/jersey_city_honors_trail_blazing_judge_with_post_office_dedication.html