How to Get into Cardozo School of Law

Cardozo School of Law

Program Overview

Named for Supreme Court Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo, Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University is located on lower Fifth Avenue in New York City’s Greenwich Village. In this vibrant setting, Cardozo prides itself on its innovation and creative programs. Notable alumni include President of the American Federation of Teacher Randi Weingarten, President of the Miami Marlins David Samson, and founder of the Innocence Project Barry Scheck.

Cardozo is renowned for the creation of the Innocence Project, whose mission is to advocate for the wrongfully convicted, as well as its visionary programs in intellectual property and information law and alternative dispute resolution. Recent innovative programs include the Cardozo Data Law Initiative, the Tech Startup Clinic and the Indie Film Clinic. Cardozo’s FAME Center provides leadership in fashion, arts, media and entertainment law. The school also offers the only program in the country to achieve a J.D. and Master of Science in Bioethics.

New Yok City is part and parcel of student life at Cardozo. Along lower Fifth Avenue, cafés, bistros, bookstores and boutiques abound. The park at Union Square Park is only a block from the school and is home to a farmer’s market, where artists often set up tables to display and sell their work. Students can often be found in Washington Square Park, relaxing, studying, and listen to local musicians. Cardozo Law School opened its newly renovated residence hall, the Benjamin, in the fall of 2016. Housing is available at the Benjamin, with preference given to first-year students, while others choose to reside in Greenwich Village, Tribeca, SoHo, and other neighborhoods near the Cardozo campus.

Curriculum

Each entering class at Cardozo is approximately 370 students. Students can apply for May-entry in which students take first-year courses over the summer, fall and spring, or traditional Fall-entry. In the May-entry program, the summer semester courses consisting only of May-entry students while fall and spring classes combine with Fall-entry students. May-entry students automatically join the traditional full-time program in their second year, and graduate with Fall-entry students in three years. All first-year students take a foundational curriculum without elective options.

Second- and third-year courses are largely elective. However, all students must take Professional Responsibility, Advanced Legal Research, and one course that involves a substantial written project. In addition, students must meet a core course requirement, taking at least five courses out of a list of thirteen options, including classes such as Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Federal Income Tax and Trusts & Estates. In addition to core offerings, second and third-year students may take one law-related graduate course per semester at The New School, located steps from Cardozo’s door, and graduate courses offered by other schools within Yeshiva University.

Cardozo also offers 2 joint degree programs: a J.D./Master of Social Work and the only joint J.D. and Master of Science in Bioethics program in the country, offered in partnership with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Students may apply to spend a semester abroad during their fourth, fifth or sixth semesters of law school at various partnering institutions in countries such as Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, China and Israel. A summer study abroad program is also available.

Cardozo does rank its students, but only provides those ranking to the students. Students are expected to accurately report their rank and grade point average on their résumés.

Clinical and Experiential Learning

Cardozo’s practical training opportunities include 12 in-house clinics, and dozens of field clinics, simulations, and externships. In addition to the aforementioned Innocence Project, other clinics include the Tech Startup Clinic, Immigration Justice Clinic, Indie Film Clinic, and Divorce Mediation Clinic. In field clinics, students work under direct attorney supervision in law offices, courts and in businesses throughout the New York region, such as the Bronx Defenders, the American Arbitration Association, the NYC Law Department, and Lincoln Center Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. The school’s simulation courses allow students to gain real casework and courtroom experience under the supervision of practitioners. Cardozo’s externship programs award credit for working for a judge, nonprofit organization or government agency, or for working in the private sector at an in-house counsel office or law firm focused on intellectual property. Cardozo’s Fashion, Arts, Media and Entertainment Law Center offers academic coursework, externships and clinical opportunities in fashion, performing arts, entertainment and sports.

Statistics

Class Profile

Class Size: 368

Average Age: 25

Women: 54%

Students of color: 24.5%

Median LSAT: 159

Median GPA: 3.51

Career Placement

  • Law Firms: 54%
  • Judicial Clerkships: 5%
  • Business & Industry: 18.5%
  • Government/Public Interest: 21.5%
  • Education: 0.3%

Geographies

  • Northeast/Mid-Atlantic: 94.6%
  • Central: 1.3%
  • South Atlantic/Central: 1.3%
  • Mountain/Pacific: 2%
  • U.S. Territories/Foreign: 0.8%

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