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Seton Hall University (School of Law)

The Seton Hall School of Law has a several-fold mission: First, to provide an excellent legal education to students who, by reason of achievement, background, and motivation, are highly qualified for the study of law. Second, to act as a center for the dissemination of knowledge, not only in the classroom but through educational programs and the Peter W. Rodino, Jr. Library, which also serves as a resource for the University and the legal and business communities in New Jersey. Third, to contribute significantly to the advancement of knowledge by assembling a talented group of scholars and providing an hospitable environment to enable them to pursue fruitful research and writing.

To these ends, the School of Law meets and exceeds the requirements of its accrediting bodies, the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association. It is committed to faculty governance in accordance with the traditions of the academy, and is dedicated to academic freedom for all members of the law school community.

In pursuit of its overall mission, the Law School aspires to maintain and inculcate a nurturing spirit for those involved in its enterprise. Springing from the University’s Catholic origins, this spirit requires treating all individuals with dignity, justice, and compassion. In this regard, the School of Law is especially committed to teaching and service as an urban law school, an objective which requires an appreciation of the diversity and richness of human experience across racial, ethnic, national, gender, and class lines.

In implementing its teaching mission, the Law School seeks to provide rigorous training in legal texts, including identifying relevant sources through legal research, and full exposition of different modes of analysis of precedents and of positive law such as statutes and the Constitution. The School of Law, however, views textual analysis as only a starting point. A more comprehensive legal education must enable students to bring to bear on real world problems a variety of jurisprudential and interdisciplinary perspectives, ranging from Natural Law to Law and Economics. Further, a central goal of the Seton Hall educational experience is to enable our students to identify, articulate, and sharpen their own individual values as well as to capitalize on their own life experiences. In the process, however, the Law School consciously seeks to further the values of adherence to ethical and moral precepts governing lawyers and to advance the view of the legal profession as having the primary mission of service to others. These values derive both from the Law School's Catholic origins and from the highest aspirations of the legal profession itself.

In implementing its scholarship mission, the School of Law seeks to bring all of these perspectives to research and writing on a variety of legal questions, ranging from studies in legal history to proposals for new legislation or innovative judicial approaches. The faculty seek to share their beliefs and values not only with the Law School community but with the wider world. To encourage the most creative energies of its faculty, the School of Law is firmly committed to complete academic freedom, without which a true University or Law School cannot exist.

The design of Seton Hall Law School's building is open and welcoming, a reflection of the faculty and administration's commitment to students. Students enter the Law School into a monumental black marble plaza. Once inside, a striking five-story, glass-encased atrium warms and illuminates the "urban quad." Offices, classrooms, moot court rooms, and library are inter-connected by balconies overlooking the atrium.

The building has unusually large student space, including student journal offices, student organizations, lounges, meeting rooms, a chapel, and a cafeteria. Faculty offices line the skywalks and are open for student drop-ins.

Located on three floors with 65,000 square feet and 16 reading rooms, the Peter W. Rodino, Jr., Law Library accommodates 600 students and includes 50 terminals for student use with connections to Lexis and Westlaw national legal databases. There are an additional 100 computer workstations available for student access, including an electronic classroom.

The Law Library is a strong research facility serving Seton Hall University students, alumni, and the Bench and Bar of New Jersey. Its collection contains more than 425,000 volumes and volume equivalents covering a wide array of law and law-related subjects. Health and environmental law are areas of particular strength. The Rodino Library is a depository for U.S. government documents and for New Jersey State documents.

Seton Hall Law School maintains and inculcates a nurturing ethos through its closely-knit community. Rooted in the University's Catholic origins, this ethos imbues a sense of dignity, justice and compassion in all who encounter the Law School community. As an urban law school, Seton Hall is especially committed to teaching and service, and has an appreciation for the diversity and richness of human experience across racial, ethnic, national, gender, sexual orientation, creed and class lines.

Seton Hall Law School offers an innovative curriculum that constantly evolves to meet the demands of today's global environment. Creativity, imagination, and the fundamentals of law are combined to create a challenging academic program that prepares you to practice law in an ever-changing world. Should you enroll in Seton Hall Law School, you will discover a student-centered community where a single voice can still be heard.

Dynamic classroom interactions between students and faculty comprise the core of the Seton Hall Law education. Once that core is formed, much of the learning at the Hall shifts to other settings, including moot court programs, law journals, clinics and externships with some of the most important players on the national stage. Seton Hall hosts a variety of nationally recognized public policy and legal figures as par t of the education it offers you.
Students begin their legal education with a required curriculum that provides a solid foundation for the advanced courses pursued in the latter half of our program. Outstanding faculty lead students through the intricacies of the law, developing not only “blackletter” rules but also their underlying theories and policies.
Students can concentrate in one of several igh-demand areas of practice, all of which feature externship oppor tunities. In addition, summer programs in Egypt, Ireland and Italy offer those interested in international practice the chance to study international and comparative law with a distinguished array of American and foreign professors. Seton Hall also participates in the Dean Acheson Legal Stage Program at the Court of Justice of the European Communities in Luxembourg.

Legal skills are best learned by doing. Seton Hall offers a wealth of oppor tunities for skill development, first in the classroom setting in such courses as Patent Claim
Drafting, Appellate Advocacy and Negotiation and Drafting Legal Instruments. In their second and third years, students enhance their skills in trial practice, appellate moot court competitions and externships. Seton Hall Law emphasizes experience to best prepare students for a life after law school.
The Center for Social Justice, Seton Hall’s clinical program, provides students with actual practice experience representing local residents with legal problems while testing their own skills in client inter viewing, fact investigation, drafting, negotiation, and trial presentation. Students in the Center’s pro bono program perform community service with a variety of public service organizations. During tax season, students in the VITA program, help clients complete and file their tax returns.

Externships with federal and state judges and at major health care institutions, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Attorney’s Office, the National Labor Relations
Board, and the European Court of Justice offer students incomparable oppor tunities to par ticipate in the work of these impor tant agencies.

While strong teaching is the hallmark of a Seton Hall professor, we are proud to have a faculty that has outstanding academic credentials and has made remarkable intellectual contributions to the law.
Seton Hall faculty write casebooks that are used in schools across the nation in courses in employment law and employment discrimination, proper ty, tor ts, civil procedure, intellectual property, and human experimentation.

Other books address international human rights and disability law, and Seton Hall Law professors routinely publish ar ticles in top law reviews on topics such as alternative medicine, open source bioengineering patents, religious liber ty, predator y lending,
employment discrimination, bioethics, in formation privacy, proper ty, cyberspace law, affirmative action, antitrust, environmental policy, and immigration justice.

School name:Seton Hall UniversitySchool of Law
Address:One Newark Center
Zip & city:NJ 07102 New Jersey

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