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Seton Hall and Iona join forces for law students

A joint admission program established for pre-law and law students attending Seton Hall and Iona College has been created in order to enhance recruitment for both institutions.

Kathleen Boozang is the dean of the Seton Hall University School of Law and a professor of law, while Gisele Joachim is dean of Enrollment Management of the Law School. In an email interview, both said that Iona College, a Catholic university located in New Rochelle, N.Y., suits the mutual desires of the respective universities to connect with other Catholic institutions, making it easier for students to attend law school.

“Many New Jersey students who attend these colleges will be looking to return to their home state to attend law school,” Boozang and Joachim said. “Given our common Catholic identity and mission [with Iona College], Seton Hall Law is a great fit for students who attend Catholic undergraduate institutions.”

Dr. Michael Jordan, associate vice president of Academic Affairs and an associate professor of philosophy at Iona College, said, via email, he believes the initiative will strengthen the rigor and form a positive symbiotic relationship between both universities.

“Both universities benefit by having an attractive program that can be used to recruit exceptional students,” Jordan said. “As much as this is a benefit to both institutions, the students themselves are the greatest beneficiaries.”

According to Boozang and Joachim, Seton Hall students will be positively affected through the collaborative partnership by recruiting strong students.

Furthermore, Boozang and Joachim explained that similar joint programs are available within Seton Hall. They added that Seton Hall University’s School of Law has instituted a 3+3 program with the School of Diplomacy, permitting students to attain both a law degree and diplomacy degree in six years.

Additionally, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Stillman School of Business are in discussions with SHU’s School of Law to establish a joint-degree program, Boozang and Joachim said in a joint statement.

“This agreement is a win-win for both institutions, and especially for the students who participate in it, Jordan said. “We at Iona are excited about this relationship with Seton Hall, and expect it to be a great success.

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