Concentrations are optional courses of study, somewhat like undergraduate majors. However, unlike the typical undergraduate major, a student does not have to select a concentration. Students who fulfill the requirements for a J.D. will receive that degree regardless of whether they choose a concentration. Students who successfully earn a concentration will receive notations on their transcripts to that effect, and are entitled to represent on their resumes that they earned the J.D with a concentration in the chosen field.
Concentrations are desirable for some, but not all students. Students who have or develop a strong interest in practicing in a particular field may benefit from electing to concentrate. Students who are less certain, who want to take as broad a curriculum as possible, or who have a strong interest not matched by any concentration, may not want to concentrate.
A student who wishes to concentrate in a specialized area must complete a "concentration election" form and obtain the signature of a concentration advisor—a faculty member or other full time instructor who teaches at least one of the concentration courses. It is the student's responsibility to fulfill the concentration requirements and to inform the Registrar's Office that he or she believes that those requirements have been completed.
Below is a list of possible faculty advisors for each concentration. A concentration faculty advisor must be a full-time faculty member who teaches at least one of the required concentration courses.
Alternative Dispute Resolution: Brescia, Connors, Maurer
Business Law: Chung, Hutter, Pratt, Redwood, Seita
Civil & Constitutional Rights: Brescia, Clark, Gottlieb, Sundquist, Young
Civil Litigation: Clark, Connors, Hutter, Sundquist
Criminal Law: Bonventre, Breger, Farley, Hutter, Lynch
Environmental Law: Hirokawa
Estate Planning: Bloom, Cords, Pratt
Family & Elder Law: Breger, Clark, Lynch, Pratt, Rogerson
Governmental Administration & Regulation: Bonventre, Hirokawa
Health Law: Moore, Ouellette, Tenenbaum
Intellectual Property: Heverly, Seita
International Law: Bonventre, Gottlieb, Halewood, Sundquist
Labor & Employment Law: Armstrong, Clark, Young
Tax Law: Bloom, Cords, Pratt
Equine, Racing and Gaming Law: Brescia