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Total enrollment
1,100 (2010)

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Campus size
97 ha


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Hempstead, New York, US

Hempstead, New York, United States

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Hofstra University, Touro Law Center, St John's University School of, Benjamin N Cardozo School of, Fordham University School of


The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University (commonly known as Hofstra Law) is a law school located in Hempstead, New York on Long Island, affiliated with Hofstra University. Founded in 1970 and accredited by the ABA in 1971, the school offers a JD, a joint JD/MBA degree, and LL.M degrees in American Law (for foreign law graduates) and Family law. Hofstra Law School is on the southern portion of the 240-acre (0.97 km2) Hofstra University campus, in Hempstead, New York. The school was renamed to the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University in September 2011.


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According to Hofstra Law's 2016 ABA-required disclosures, 66.77% of the Class of 2015 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.

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Hofstra's School of Law is on a semester system, encompassing a fall and spring semester, with a three-week winter break during which several intensive skills programs are taught and a study abroad program is offered in Curaçao and Cuba. The school also holds a summer session during which several classes are offered for students, along with a number of study abroad opportunities. The law school is also the first ABA approved law school in the United States to offer programs in Cuba.

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Hofstra School of Law offers concentration in 15 areas of study: Child and Family Advocacy, Civil Litigation, Corporate & Commercial Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Law, Corporate and Securities Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Energy and the Environment, Family Law, Health Law, Intellectual Property Law, International and Comparative Law, Labor and Employment Law, Real Estate, and Taxation.


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In the 2017 U.S. News Rankings for law schools, Hofstra ranked 111 nationally.The school was named one of the country’s best public interest law schools by preLaw magazine, a national publication aimed at prospective law students. Among the 75 law schools that made the list, Hofstra ranked 11th.

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Hofstra Law is ranked the No. 54 school in the country in placing partners in U.S. offices of the 100 largest national law firms (J.D. classes of 1986 and after), according to a study by Theodore P. Seto, “Where Do Partners Come From,” Journal of Legal Education. According to a 2013 study, Hofstra ranks 124th in the Class of 2012 ABA Employment Report.


The School of Law is housed in the original building opened in the 1970s upon the school's inception, although it has undergone several extensive renovations since that time. The lower floors of Kushner Hall are home to the law school's two level Barbara and Maurice A. Deane Law Library. The law building also contains a Moot Courtroom. Access to wireless internet can be found throughout the campus.

In the early 1990s, the school added a new building, Joan Axinn Hall, to house its growing clinical programs and the Office of Career Services, and it expanded into neighboring Roosevelt Hall in 2006–07, with new space for its five student-run journals and other student organizations.


As of 2016, Hofstra Law has 46 full-time faculty members. Faculty have included family law advocate John D. Gregory, professor Nora Demleitner, crime fiction author Alafair Burke, and legal ethics scholar Monroe Freedman.


According to Hofstra's official 2016 ABA-required disclosures, 66.77% of the Class of 2015 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation. Hofstra's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 22.6%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2015 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time position


Annual tuition at Hofstra for the 2016-2017 academic year is $55,267. The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $301,721.


  • Matt Ahearn, served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2002 to 2004
  • Joseph Borg, the Securities Commissioner of Alabama since 1994
  • Ann-Margaret Carrozza, the New York State Assembly from 1997 to 2010
  • Joe Ferriero, the Bergen County Democratic Organization Chairman from 1998 to 2009
  • Robert T. Farley, ('87), Past President, Republican National Lawyers Association (NYS Chapter), former New York State Deputy Attorney General, former Schenectady County Legislator (1994-2011)
  • Edward P. Mangano, ('87), Nassau County Executive since 2010
  • Jonathan Kaiman (’88), Supervisor of the Town of North Hempstead since 2004
  • Neil Levin, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, killed during the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center
  • Thomas McKevitt (’96), member of the New York State Assembly since 2006
  • David Paterson (’83), former Governor of New York, former Lieutenant Governor and minority leader of the New York State Senate
  • Richard Socarides, former White House adviser under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1999
  • Thomas C. Wales (’79), assassinated federal prosecutor
  • David Weprin, member of the New York State Assembly since 2010. former member of New York City Council,former Deputy Superintendent of the New York State Banking Commission, former Chairman of New York's Securities Industry Association
  • Judith A. Livingston, Senior Partner, Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore
  • Judges

  • Maryanne Trump Barry (’74), a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, sister of 45th U.S. President Donald Trump
  • John J. Farley III (’73), former judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • Sallie Manzanet-Daniels (’88), Associate Justice of the New York Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department
  • Other

  • Norm Kent ('71), chairman of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws NORML
  • Charles Kushner, billionaire real estate developer, and father of Jared Kushner
  • Katherine Lapp ('81), executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Harvard University
  • Randy Levine ('80), president of the New York Yankees since January 2000
  • Linda Cahn, founder and president of Pharmacy Benefit Consultants
  • Mary Matalin, political consultant for the Republican Party, advisor to former President George W. Bush (attended but did not graduate)
  • Bobby Muller ('74), peace advocate
  • Burton Rocks ('97), sports agent
  • Joel Segal ('89), sports agent
  • David D'Amato, subject of the documentary, Tickled
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