Hofstra University School of Law
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Concentration Option for the J.D. Degree
The Law School offers second- and third-year students the option of registering for a group of courses that
constitute a Concentration. A Concentration is analogous to an undergraduate “major,” an area of focus
within your broader course of study. The faculty adopted this addition to the curriculum in the belief that
the Concentration option enhances the educational opportunities available at the Law School, and enables
students to deepen their substantive knowledge and practical experience in a particular field of study. The
fifteen Concentration areas are: Child and Family Advocacy; Civil Litigation; Constitutional Law;
Consumer Law; Corporate and Commercial Law; Criminal Law and Procedure; Energy and the
Environment; Family Law; Health Law; Intellectual Property; International Law; Labor and Employment
Law; Real Estate; and Taxation.
The process for selecting and registering for a Concentration is described in Part III of this memo. In
brief, students who select a Concentration will work with a faculty advisor to develop and complete an
individualized course of study in that area, in accordance with the guidelines below. The Concentration
will be noted in a certificate to be issued to the student upon graduation.
If you are interested in concentrating in a particular area, you should meet with a Concentration advisor
soon to begin the process of planning your Concentration, and to complete your Concentration
II. Why Select a Concentration?
The Concentration option reflects the Law School’s recognition that some students wish to specialize in a
particular field of the law, and that such specialization may offer a variety of educational and professional
benefits. A primary educational benefit is the opportunity for students to develop greater depth and
sophistication in their study of a particular area of interest. In addition, Concentrations may enhance