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Below are answers to some of the more frequent questions we’re asked about Quinnipiac University School of Law and the application process.

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General
What sets Quinnipiac School of Law apart?
Aside from our spectacular setting central to New York, Boston and New Jersey, where law career opportunities abound, we offer a range of excellent programs, including skill-building legal clinics and externships. See what Dean Brown says.
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What is the environment at Quinnipiac like?
Quinnipiac prides itself on its strong sense of community. Students encourage and support each other in their academic pursuits. Likewise, faculty members are very supportive of and accessible to students. Our experienced faculty members are happy to expand on classroom discussions, help evaluate job opportunities or offer assistance with individual academic issues.
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What is the "ideal" major in college for law school?
There is no "ideal" major or required major for law school. Today, law students are graduates from all fields of study, including but not limited to, business, education, engineering, fine arts, humanities, liberal arts, natural sciences, nursing and social sciences. Learn more about applying to the School of Law.
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What courses should I take to prepare myself for the rigors of law school?
The best preparation for law school is a rigorous academic program that teaches one to think logically, read carefully and write well. A good foundation in these critical skills matters more than the particular major our courses taken. Learn more about applying to the School of Law.
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What is the profile of the most recent class?
The academic profile of the 2014 entering class is as follows:
GPA (25th - 75th percentile): 3.00 - 3.57
LSAT (25th - 75th percentile): 150 - 155
Median GPA / LSAT: 3.35 / 153
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What is the student-to-faculty ratio?
The current student-to-faculty ratio is 12-to-1.
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What is the typical class size?
Typically, first-year classes range from 50-75 students. Legal writing classes are much smaller, usually about 15-20 students. The class size for upper division courses varies. Some are as large as 60-70 students; others may have as few as 10 students. 84 percent of our upper division course have fewer than 25 students. The average class size for all classes is 18 students.   
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How diverse is the Quinnipiac student body?
Fourteen percent of the law school's entire enrollment has identified themselves as persons of color. Diversity is also represented by students' life and work experiences, age, geography, etc. The age range of the student body is typically spread over four decades—from 21 to 50+. Students in the first year class are enrolled from 13 different states from all regions of the U.S. and one foreign country. Quinnipiac is continually working toward even greater diversity within the student body.
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Admissions
What LSAT and GPA are competitive for admission?
There are no minimum LSAT scores or GPA standards for admission. While the two most important factors are the LSAT score and the GPA, the entire application file is reviewed and taken into account when making a decision.
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What advice can you give me about the personal statement?
The personal statement should address your reason for pursuing a legal education, and the length should be no more than 750 words. The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us something about yourself that we cannot obtain from other parts of your application.
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How many letters of recommendation can I submit?
We require two letters of recommendation with your application. We will accept up to three. We prefer letters from undergraduate professors when possible. If it is not possible to obtain letter of recommendation from a current or former professor, then one from an employer or someone who can speak to your work ethic, reasoning, etc. is preferred. Personal letters are not encouraged.
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Must I send transcripts to the School of Law?
Transcripts (copies) will be sent to the School of Law through the CAS service once you subscribe and they are released. Upon acceptance to the School of Law and before classes begin, you will be asked to arrange for official transcripts to be forwarded to this institution. Learn more about applying to the School of Law.
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How can I arrange a campus visit?
We at the Quinnipiac University School of Law are delighted to welcome you for a visit. Let us know you're coming and we will prepare a special welcome for you. You can learn more about our new, beautiful state-of-the-art facility that opened in August of 2014 on the North Haven Campus, attend a class (when available), and meet members of our community—faculty and current students. Our staff is also available to answer any questions you may have. Tours and class visits (when available) for prospective students may be set up on our scheduling website.

If you are in need of lodging during your visit you may wish to stay in one of the local hotels.

Learn more about the Greater New Haven region and all it offers in this brochure.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at 203-582-3400.
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Do you offer full tuition scholarships? What are the requirements for these scholarships?
Our Dean's Fellows awards, our most prestigious scholarships, are full tuition awards. We usually offer approximately fifteen of these scholarships to members of the entering class each year who are full-time day students.

The Dean's Fellows awards recognize applicants who possess a record of extraordinary scholarly achievement and leadership, have a demonstrated commitment to public service and show strong potential to be leaders during and after law school.

Recent recipients of these prestigious awards typically fell within the following academic credential ranges:

  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA: 3.3 - 4.0
  • LSAT Score: 155 - 170

However, the LSAT guideline may be flexible if candidates present a strong academic record along with other outstanding attributes. The application deadline for Fall 2015 applicants is Feb. 1, 2015.

Quinnipiac University School of Law is dedicated to serving the surrounding community through public service, volunteerism and civic activities. In support of this, Dean's Fellows make a commitment to complete a total of 30 hours of service work over their three years at the School of Law. This requirement can be satisfied through work in the community, through a student organization's public service requirement or by serving as an Admissions Ambassador.

In addition to your application for law school admission, potential candidates are required to submit an additional statement which should present your case for being selected and include: your leadership experience, scholarly pursuits, civic and volunteer activities, and plans for what you hope to do with your law degree.

Finalists for these awards will be invited to campus March 21-22, 2015, for interviews and a special program designed to introduce them to our community. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid by the School of Law.

Additional merit awards—ranging from $10,000 to $40,000 per year--are also available for highly qualified students who may not receive one of the above awards.

Learn more about merit scholarships.
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What is Quinnipiac's LSAC code?
Quinnipiac University School of Law: 3973
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Does Quinnipiac have an application fee waiver?
The School of Law will grant an application fee waiver for students who have receievd a fee waiver from LSAC.  
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How quickly will I receive an admission decision?
An attempt is made to review applicants' files as soon as they are complete and to notify applicants of the Faculty Admissions Committee's decision as soon as possible.
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If accepted to the School of Law, can I defer attendance?
The School of Law does not grant deferrals. An admitted applicant who wishes to delay matriculation would need to re-apply for admission for the next academic year. The application fee will be waived for these students. Learn more
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Can I transfer to Quinnipiac from another law school?
Yes. Transfer applications are considered from students who meet certain qualifications. Learn more
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Can I attend as a visiting student?
Yes. You need permission from your home institution as well as from Quinnipiac. Learn more
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Where can I find more information about the admission process and financial aid?
There are several options for finding out more information. Plan a visit to our campus, attend one of our admission programs or contact us at 203-582-3400.
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How can I get a better feel for what it might be like to be a law student at Quinnipiac?
Plan a visit where you can meet with a current student, sit in on a law school class (when in session) and speak to someone from the admissions office.
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I have a master's degree with a strong GPA, but my undergraduate GPA is weaker. How will this affect me?
The key measurement in the admission process is the undergraduate GPA. However, we do review transcripts for graduate level work and it is taken into consideration. Graduate degree GPAs are not averaged into the cumulative GPA on the CAS report. Learn more about applying to the School of Law.
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Academics
What concentration programs does Quinnipiac offer?
Quinnipiac currently offers six concentration programs:

  • Civil Advocacy and Dispute Resolution
  • Criminal Law and Advocacy
  • Family Law
  • Health Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Tax Law

More information about concentration programs
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Do I have to take a concentration program?
No. Concentrations are not required to complete your JD degree. Concentrations are options for those students seeking more in-depth learning on a specific topic.
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What types of clinic and externship programs does Quinnipiac offer?
There are six clinic and sixteen externship courses. Clinics are in-house and externships are off-site. Many externships are in Connecticut, but there are also externship opportunities in New York. Every student is guaranteed at least one clinic or externship experience, and many students participate in more than one.

Clinics

  • Civil Clinic
    • Constitutional Law
    • Immigration Law
    • Education Law
    • Employment Law
    • Family Law
    • Health Law
    • Policy Advocacy
    • Death Penalty Abolition
    • Community Lawyering
    • Prisoner Re-Entry
    • Juvenile Justice
  • Tax Clinic
  • Evening Clinic
  • Advanced Clinic
  • Defense Appellate Clinic (full year)
  • Prosecution Appellate Clinic (full year)

Externships
Based on Placement Setting:

  • Corporate Counsel
  • Judicial
  • Legal Services
  • Legislative
  • Mediation
  • Public Interest

Based on Subject Matter:

  • Business Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Envirnomental and Energy Law
  • Family and Juvenile Law
  • Health Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Sports and Entertainment Law
  • Tax Law

Advanced Externship (Field Placement II) - available in any/all of the above placements

Learn more about our clinic and externship programs.
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Can you tell me about the JD/MBA program?
Typically, the JD/MBA program takes four years to complete. Many students apply to the MBA program during their first year in law school. Students who apply then do not have to take the GMAT exam for entrance to the School of Business.
Learn more about the JD/MBA program.
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Is there a study abroad program?
Yes. We have a study abroad program in the summer that is offered in conjunction with Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. The program includes classes taught by Quinnipiac and Trinity professors. Students may also participate in study abroad programs offered by other schools as long as the program is approved by the ABA and our academic dean.
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Career Development
What is the bar pass rate for Quinnipiac School of Law graduates?  How does that compare to the state average?
2013 February and July Combined Connecticut Bar Passage Rate (first-time test takers): 82%
Connecticut February and July Combined state average for first-time test takers: 81%

2014 February and July Combined Connecticut Bar Passage Rate (first-time test takers): 88%
Connecticut February and July Combined state average for first-time test takers: 86%

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Do you have employment data on Quinnipiac Law graduates?
For the Class of 2013, the list below indicates where graduates found employment by major categories (based on 122 graduates employed out of 148 total graduates, as of Feb. 15, 2014—nine months after graduation, 137 responses).

  • 47% - Private Law Firms
  • 27% - Business & Industry
  • 16% - Government
  • 5% - Judicial Clerkships
  • 3% - Academic
  • 2% - Public Interest

For detailed information on 2013 graduates, please see the ABA Employment Summary Report.
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Do large law firms recruit at Quinnipiac?
Yes. Our Career Development Office holds on-campus interviews with many large law firms in the area for both summer associate positions and post-graduate employment.
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