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Hofstra Law School
To Offer Night Classes

By Olivia Winslow
Newsday Staff Writer

December 12, 2003
Hofstra University School of Law announced Friday it will begin offering evening classes for the first time next fall, as the university seeks potential students who cannot attend classes during the day.

"We've known for a long time there are a lot of people in Nassau County, especially, who would love to have this option to go to law school close to home," David Yellen, Hofstra's law school dean, said in an interview Friday.

Noting that nearby law schools Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in Huntington and St. John's University School of Law in Jamaica have night programs, Yellen said: "We have almost a million people in Nassau County. Many of them would apply to us."

Students will generally complete their studies in 4 to 41/2 years, as compared with three years for the full-time program, officials said.

Yellen said the curriculum, which officials said has American Bar Association approval, would be the same as the daytime program. He said the same professors who teach courses during the day would teach some evening courses. The Hempstead university also plans to hire additional faculty.

"We need a few more administrators and a lot more faculty" to staff the evening division, Yellen said. He said he anticipated 10 new faculty members would be hired over the course of the four years it will take to fully implement the program, as a class of students is added each year.

Students taking night classes, Yellen said, "tend to be older ... they add a richness to the classroom" because of their life experience.

In the past few years, Hofstra's law school also has added a part-time day program and master's programs in international law, and in American law for foreign-trained lawyers.