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Published on May 24, 2016 | by LawNews

Law School Transparency Ranks Hofstra Law 52nd Nationally for Employment Outcomes

Law School Transparency (LST) has ranked Hofstra Law 52nd among all law schools in the nation for its Class of 2015 employment outcomes. The ranking measures employment of graduates who have secured full-time, long-term positions for which bar passage is required — the most coveted type of employment by law school graduates.

Hofstra Law also ranks 6th among New York’s 15 law schools for Class of 2015 employment outcomes using LST’s methodology — ahead of many New York City-area schools.

This is not the first time that the Law School’s ranking for employment results have far exceeded its U.S. News & World Report ranking. Last year, Hofstra Law was ranked 58th in a study that analyzed the relationship between the law school attended and achieving partnership at one of the largest American law firms. Hofstra Law was highlighted as one of the 10 most “under-ranked” law schools when its ranking for alumni partners at “big law” firms is compared with its U.S. News & World Report ranking.

As the legal marketplace continues to change, Hofstra Law has adapted its curriculum to ensure that graduates enter the profession with the skills necessary to succeed in their chosen field and a resume that stands out from the competition. Recent changes include:

• Developing a new required second-year skills course, Foundational Lawyering Skills, to provide students with a basic introduction to core lawyering skills essential to effective practice.

• Expanding the Law School’s Externship Program to allow more than 200 students the opportunity to develop practical lawyering skills and connections with practicing attorneys while building legal experience.

• Creating the Professional Development Boot Camp, which brings major-law-firm consultants to the Law School to train students in essential communication and advocacy skills as they begin interviewing for their first summer job.

Law School Transparency, founded in 2009, is a nonprofit legal education policy organization dedicated to improving consumer information and to reforming the traditional law school model. LST and its administrators operate independently of any legal institutions, legal employers or academic reports related to the legal market.

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