Stevens Institute of Technology Partners with Seton Hall University School of Law

Partnership Enables Students to Earn Bachelors and J.D. Degrees in Accelerated Program

4/2/2012

Hoboken, N.J. – Stevens Institute of Technology has entered into an agreement with Seton Hall University School of Law (Seton Hall Law) to establish a combined degree program allowing qualified students to earn both baccalaureate and law degrees in a six or seven-year sequence, depending on the selected course of undergraduate study.

Beginning in September 2012, the program will consist of three or four years of undergraduate study at Stevens and three years of study at Seton Hall Law. Upon completion of the program, students will earn a B.E., B.S. or B.A. degree from Stevens and a J.D. degree from Seton Hall Law.

The College of Arts & Letters (CAL) at Stevens currently offers a Pre-Law and Public Policy minor as well as Law School Admission Test (LSAT) preparation. It also recently added a new Science, Technology and Policy program.

Stevens graduates with various undergraduate backgrounds – including the humanities, business, science and engineering – have earned admission to premier law schools and achieved career success in the legal field, often specializing in areas such as patent law, science and law, corporate law and healthcare law.

Through the partnership with Seton Hall Law, exceptional Stevens undergraduates will be able to pursue an accelerated path to a leading law school right in their backyard. Seton Hall Law’ reputation, location and specialties in health, corporate and patent law make it a natural partner for Stevens.

“This is a significant milestone for our students,” said Jonathan Wharton, pre-law advisor and CAL professor. “Every year, nearly half of Stevens students and alumni who are interested in law school apply to Seton Hall, so there is already very strong interest and many students have been anxious for this agreement to come to fruition.”

Seton Hall Law Dean Patrick E. Hobbs welcomes the opportunity to formalize the path from Stevens to Seton Hall Law. He commented, “The synergies between the course of study at Stevens and the pursuit of legal study at Seton Hall Law make this an optimal program for both institutions. Seton Hall Law offers one of the broadest selections of intellectual property law courses in the country, and our health law program is consistently ranked among the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report. Stevens graduates have found great educational and professional success at Seton Hall Law. We are pleased to partner with Stevens to solidify this career progression for its students.”

According to Christos Christodoulatos, associate provost for academic entrepreneurship, strengthening the collaboration between the two institutions is beneficial to both students and faculty.

“The strength of Seton Hall’s intellectual property law program is of particular interest to us, as it aligns with our strategic goal to create an entrepreneurial academic culture that focuses on solving real world problems that satisfy societal needs,” Christodoulatos said.

CAL Dean Lisa Dolling said Seton Hall Law representatives involved in the developing the partnership were impressed with the quality of Stevens students and how easily their skills and knowledge translated to a law school setting.

“They made a point of noting what perfect law school candidates Stevens graduates make, especially in their ability to bring together scientific and technical acumen with the sort of analytic skills that CAL programs offer,” she said.

The program will be open to qualified high school seniors, high school graduates who have not yet enrolled as full-time university students, and first-year students at Stevens. Students must fulfill the requirements of their undergraduate major and maintain minimum GPA requirements, as well as pass the LSAT with a score in the 77th percentile or higher.

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research.  The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.

Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts.  Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,350 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world.  Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/news.

About Seton Hall University School of Law

Seton Hall University School of Law, New Jersey's only private law school and a leading law school in the New York metropolitan area, is dedicated to preparing students for the practice of law through excellence in scholarship and teaching, with a strong focus on clinical education. The Seton Hall Law Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology gathers leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of intellectual property, technology and telecommunications to explore the legal, political and social implications and opportunities that arise as technology transforms our lives and our livelihood. The Seton Hall Law Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy, ranked among the top 10 health law programs by U.S. News and World Report, educates health care providers, policy makers and legal practitioners about the intricate laws, regulations and ethical that have an impact on governance, compliance and ethics. Founded in 1951, Seton Hall Law is located in Newark and offers both day and evening degree programs. For more information visit http://law.shu.edu.