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Position Yourself to Practice Law in New York

Posted by June Forrest on 1/12/17 1:15 PM


Updated September 9, 2020.

Many prospective students enter law school hoping to work in a particular geographic area. For example, some may ask – if I go to school in New Jersey, do I have chance to practice law in New York City? At Seton Hall, the answer is an unquestionable yes. Seton Hall students will actually see that they have more than just a chance to practice law in New York; they will have options.

Each year, Seton Hall Law students and graduates join the ranks of big, mid-sized, and boutique firms together with government offices, non-profits, and corporations in the Big Apple. As the largest legal market in the country, New York offers opportunities that Seton Hall students are well-positioned to take advantage of. In addition to those students landing NY jobs directly upon graduation, many Seton Hall Law alum find their NY ‘dream’ job upon completion of a clerkship. Our graduates are well-represented throughout NY firms and welcome new Associates as part of the Seton Hall family.

The Office of Career Services has significant relationships with firms throughout New York City, working closely with firm recruiters as well as our loyal alumni. Looking at just big law hiring in New York City in the last several years, our students have gotten summer and permanent opportunities at a large number of firms. These include--Sidley Austin, Mayer Brown, Simpson Thacher, Debevoise, Skadden, Mayer Brown, Davis Polk, Paul Hastings, Cadwalader, Greenberg Traurig, and so many more. The law school also has deep relationships with mid-sized firms in New York City as well as the non-profit and government employment sectors. Career Services runs two robust On-Campus Interview (OCI) recruitment seasons, in the fall/summer and winter/spring (although this year the bulk of our recruitment will be in the spring consistent with the nationwide movement to one recruiting season because of the pandemic) and the opportunities for employment in the New York area are extensive and varied. The Law School is a proud sponsor of programs at the New York City Bar and works closely with the New York State Bar to introduce our students to New York practitioners throughout the State.

Beyond New York and New Jersey, Seton Hall places its students throughout the country with recent grads landing great jobs as well as summer positions in such diverse places as California, Texas, Minnesota, Washington D.C, Pittsburgh, Chicago and more. Career Services at Seton Hall Law is a round-the-clock operation focused on providing customized service and placement to each and every student regardless of grades. Our distinguished alumni and faculty are dedicated to opening doors for students. Behind the scenes, the Office of Career Services leverages their diverse contacts in a number of competitive markets to open doors while providing individual coaching to each student to ensure successful consideration by employers. There is a dream match for every student. The Career Services staff does not stop until that match is made.

Whether you are dreaming of a Big Law NY job, a position right here in the Garden State, or an adventure (or return) to someplace else – we are poised to prepare you for the rigors of the job and also to position you to get the job!

READ MORE: Three recent graduates discuss their paths to practice law in New York.

Topics: Internships/Jobs, Admissions

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