Hofstra Law School

June 6, 2011

Attorney Raymond Joseph Zuppa earned a Juris Doctor from Hofstra Law School in Hempstead, New York. Graduating third in his class, Zuppa also received the Constitutional Law, Outstanding Law Student, and Criminal Justice awards while at the institution.

Hofstra Law School provides instruction to students seeking to earn a J.D. or an LL.M. Graduation requirements vary depending upon the program. For the J.D. track, applicants need to decide what type of schedule they wish to follow, whether it’s full or part time. During their first year at the law school, students attend required courses with 35 to 45 peers. In the second and third years, pupils have a choice of which classes they want to take, allowing them to design individualized programs in their areas of interest while developing necessary legal skills. Hofstra’s faculty strives to supplement classroom education with practical skills, doctrines, and procedures throughout the three years of full-time study.

In addition, the institution comprises seven institutes and centers and four journals. The institutes focus on legal ethics; gender, law, and policy; conflict transformation; health law and policy; legal advocacy; applied legal reasoning; and children, families and the law. The journals include the Hofstra Law Review, the Family Court Review, the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Review, and the Journal of International Business and Law. To participate in the development of a publication, students must excel academically and submit quality work to the writing competition, or directly submit a piece for publication.

J.D. students also have an opportunity to participate in one of Hofstra’s seven law clinics, which allows them to represent clients from underserved populations. Today, the law clinics enjoy a positive reputation and provide students with an opportunity to practice law. For some individuals, this may be their only chance to represent clients before joining a firm or accepting a position in the workforce. The clinics focus on the following areas: criminal justice, child advocacy, community and economic development, mediation, political asylum, securities arbitration, and law reform advocacy.

To learn more about Hofstra Law School, please visit the website http://law.hofstra.edu.