Cardozo Law School in Greenwich Village, New York City offers students a great location in the capital of the legal world. It is currently ranked 52nd by the U.S. News and World Report, tied with Pepperdine University.
Cardozo Law provides students with many unique clinical opportunities, including the Holocaust Claims Restitution Practicum, through which students provide legal assistance to Holocaust survivors and their heirs.
Cardozo Law's three-year full-time day Juris Doctor (J.D.) program operates from late August to mid-May; there is also a popular part-time program that is currently ranked 4th in the country by U.S. News.
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New York, NY 10003
Fast Facts (Class of 2012)
Enrolled: 278 (full-time); 102 (part-time)
Student to Faculty Ratio: 1: 16.2
GPA/LSAT Scores (full-time)
LSAT Median: 164GPA/LSAT Scores (part-time)
LSAT 25/75 Percentile: 161-166
UGPA Median: 3.60
UGPA 25/75 Percentile: 3.39-3.75
LSAT Median: 160
LSAT 25/75: 158-161
UGPA Median: 3.59
UGPA 25/75 Percentile: 3.37-3.73
Costs and Fees (2010-11)
Tuition: $44,600 (full-time)
Total estimated budget: $68,971
Application fee: $70
Application window: September 1 to April 1 for Fall and May admission; December 1 for January admission.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), but Cardozo Law also still accepts paper applications, available on the school's website. In addition to the application, applicants must submit:
- LSDAS report with LSAT score
- Personal statement
- Two letters of recommendation
- Dean's certification form
For complete information on admission procedures at Cardozo Law, see J.D. Application Procedures.
Cardozo Law accepts applications for transfer to begin classes in the fall or in January. Interested students should submit the application and fee as well as the following:
- Personal statement discussing reasons for transfer request
- Official law school transcript
- Certification of good standing from current dean, including class rank
- Two letters of recommendation
- Copy of the first page of the LSDAS report
For more information on transferring to Cardozo Law, see Transfer and Visiting Applicants.
Degrees and Curriculum
In order to earn a Juris Doctor degree, a Cardozo Law student must earn 84 credit hours; in addition to the first-year curriculum below, degree candidates must also complete an upper-level writing requirement, Advanced Legal Research, and a Professional Responsibility course. For more detailed information, see J.D. Program Requirements.
The required first-year curriculum includes Contracts I and II, Criminal Law, Property, Torts, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law I, Elements of Law, and Lawyering Skills and Legal Writing I and II; part-time students take the same courses, but over three semesters instead of two.
Cardozo Law offers an LL.M. degree, as well as the opportunity to earn a joint J.D./LL.M.
Cardozo Law offers several study abroad opportunities, including a comparative governance program with Oxford University and a dispute resolution program in Budapest. Exchange programs are also possible.
Law Journals and Other Activities
Cardozo Law has six student-run law journals, including the following: Cardozo Law Review, Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, and Cardozo Journal of Law & Gender.
Along with many student organizations, the law school also has programs and centers for specific legal interests such as the Center for Jewish Law, Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution, Jacob Burns Ethics Center, and Center for Public Service Law.
Bar Exam Passage Rate
A majority of Cardozo Law students take the New York Bar Exam and, in 2007, achieved an 88% pass rate. The overall pass rate for the New York Bar Exam was 77%.
From the 2009 graduating class, 76.3% of graduates were at graduation, while 91.5% were employed nine months after graduation.
Sixty-four percent went to law firms, 17% entered the business or industry, 7% pursued public interest careers, 6% accepted government positions, and 6% accepted judicial clerkships.
The average starting salary for 2009 Cardozo Law grads in law firms was $120,711 and $48,429 in the public interest sector.