Cardozo is a relatively new law school, having graduated its first class in 1979. Cardozo's success as a young school has been remarkable, leading some to characterize Cardozo as a "rising star" among law schools.
Among the top 75 law schools, no school is younger than Cardozo. Cardozo is currently ranked 55th by U.S. News, which is the most widely read (and criticized) ranking of law schools. While Cardozo is noted for its academic strengths in numerous areas of study, its Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution programs are particularly well reputed and consistently ranked highly by U.S. News.
Signifying its recognition by long-established law schools, in 1999 Cardozo became a member of the Order of the Coif, an honor society for law scholars.
Cardozo's excellence was recently acknowledged when an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court selected a Cardozo graduate for a clerkship. A Supreme Court clerkship is arguably the most prestigious appointment for a law graduate and is an honor typically reserved for the very best students at the most elite law schools. This is the second time a Cardozo graduate has been chosen for a Supreme Court clerkship.
Most of Cardozo's 9,000 alumni reside in the New York metropolitan area, and they have a considerable presence in New York City. However, some Cardozo graduates pursue their careers internationally and many can be found across the country in 43 states.
U.S. News ranked Cardozo 55th out of 184 law schools. By other measures, the law school ranks:
Bar Exam Passage Rates
In 2007, Cardozo had the third-highest bar-exam passage rate among the fifteen law schools in New York State, becoming the first school in recent memory other than Columbia Law School, New York University School of Law, and Cornell Law School to place in the top three.
The class entering in Fall 2007 had a 3.5 median GPA and a 164 median LSAT score. The top quarter of LSAT scores were 166 or higher, and the top 25% of the incoming class had a 3.70 GPA or higher.
The top undergraduate feeder schools for Cardozo have been Cornell University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, the State University of New York Schools, and the University of California Schools. Approximately 20% of incoming students hail from the Ivy League.
Cardozo, located on Fifth Avenue in the heart of Greenwich Village, is in one of the most vibrant and accessible neighborhoods in Manhattan.
Brookdale Center -- 55 Fifth Avenue Cardozo is located in the 18 story Brookdale Center. The law school occupies the first 11 floors. The top floors are used as office space and are accessed through a separate entrance.
For J.D. students, Cardozo offers a selection of over 130 courses in addition to the eight courses required during the first year. Students may choose to graduate with a concentration in one of the following areas:
Cardozo also offers "pathways" in both Public Law and Regulation and Jurisprudence and Legal History, which are not formal concentrations. Students may also earn a Certificate in Dispute Resolution.
Master of Laws
For those who already have a law degree, Cardozo offers LL.M. degrees in General Studies, Comparative Legal Thought, and Intellectual Property. LL.M. students can take almost any of the couses offered to J.D. students. The LL.M. program may be entered in the Spring Term or in the Fall Term.
Cardozo students may study abroad through the following programs:
Students may apply for individual study abroad programs to study abroad at other institutions.
Alternative Entry Plan (AEP)
While most Cardozo students begin their legal studies in September, some students are allowed the flexibility to begin in January or May AEP students are able to take classes part-time and during the summer, which gives AEP students the option of graduating in three years or a semester early.
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