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|Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law|
|Parent school||Yeshiva University|
|Religious affiliation||Modern Orthodox Judaism|
|Dean||Melanie Leslie, Dean and Professor of Law|
|Location||New York City, New York, United States|
|Enrollment||1,007(JD & LLM) |
|USNWR ranking||53rd (2022)|
The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law is the law school of Yeshiva University, located in New York City. The school, founded in 1976, is named for Supreme Court Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo. Among the top 100 law schools, only three schools are younger than Cardozo, which graduated its first class in 1979. Cardozo is currently ranked 53rd by U.S. News and World Report ranking of law schools and 22nd in part-time law schools. Its intellectual property program was ranked 12th in the nation, and its dispute resolution program was ranked 6th. The Cardozo faculty is ranked #32 in the nation for scholarly impact.
The school's other notable programs include the FAME Center for fashion, arts, media & entertainment; the Data Law Initiative; the Blockchain Project; Cardozo/Google Patent Diversity Project; the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights; and the Heyman Center on Corporate Governance. Students can choose to participate in clinics such as the Tech Startup Clinic, Immigration Justice Clinic, Innocence Project Clinic, Benjamin B. Ferencz Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic, and the Civil Rights Clinic. The school also created the Innocence Project, run by Cardozo Professor Barry Scheck, which has used DNA profiling to help free innocent prisoners. The project's work has been instrumental in some high-profile cases.
In 1999 Cardozo became a member of the Order of the Coif, an honor society for law scholars. Cardozo has seven faculty members who have clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and Cardozo has had two graduates chosen to clerk for the U.S. Supreme Court. Cardozo was the second U.S. law school to secure an invitation to The European Law Moot Court Competition, and the first American law school to be invited twice consecutively. Many of Cardozo's 12,000 alumni reside in the New York metropolitan area, while many pursue their careers internationally and can be found across the country. In 2019, 83% of the law school's first-time test takers passed the bar exam, placing the law school seventh-best among New York's 15 law schools. According to Cardozo's 2017 ABA-required disclosures, 80.14% of the Class of 2017 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.
- General rankings
- U.S. News ranked Cardozo 53rd out of 198 law schools. By other measures, the law school ranks:
- 25th - "Gold Standard" jobs (full-time, long-term jobs requiring bar passage that are not funded by the school).
- 32nd - Faculty Scholarly Impact
- 37th - Highest Percentage of Grads Hired by the 100 Largest Firms
- Specialty rankings
- 9th - Dispute Resolution
- 12th - Intellectual Property
- 10th - LL.M./Master of Laws
- 11th - Government and Public Defender/Prosecutor
- Top 10 - Music Law
- "A" - Tax Law
- "A" - International Law
- "A+" - Alternative Dispute Resolution
- "A" - Business Law
- Miscellaneous rankings
- 1st - Most Journal Cites for an Arts & Entertainment Law Journal (2nd in Scholarly Impact and 3rd in Cites by Courts)
- 1st - Per Capita Productivity of Articles in Top Journals, 1993-2012, for Law Schools Outside U.S. News Top 50
- 5th - New York State Bar Pass Rate (2013)
- 15th - Most Prolific Faculty
- 22nd - Most Cited Law Review
- 31st - Most SSRN Downloads
- Bar examination passage rates
In 2017, 85% of the law school's first-time test takers passed the bar exam. 94.81% of 2019 graduates who sat for the bar exam passed within two years of their date of graduation.
Location and facilities
Located on lower Fifth Avenue at the corner of 12th Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Cardozo's urban campus is in a large building, known as the Brookdale Center. A multimillion-dollar capital improvement plan took place in 2006. The addition of more space at the Brookdale Center also allowed for a larger and significantly enhanced library, new offices and clinic spaces, as well as a new and larger lobby, moot court room, and ground-floor seminar room. In addition, older classrooms were renovated. In fall 2006, the Greenberg Center for Student Life, given in honor of former Dean David Rudenstine, opened. This addition to Cardozo included a new student lounge and a cafe on the third floor. Also completed were several new seminar rooms, internal stairways between floors, and windows on every floor.
- Brookdale Center – 55 Fifth Avenue
Cardozo is located in the 19 story Brookdale Center.
- 1st Floor -- The lobby, which occupies most of the first floor, is frequently used as a space for large events. The Jacob Burns Moot Court room and a classroom are also on the first floor.
- 2nd Floor -- has classrooms. Recently, the school exhibited the artwork of Sara Lederman '11 throughout the floor.
- 3rd Floor -- a large student lounge and a cafeteria that offers kosher food.
- 4th Floor -- has classrooms, faculty offices, and offices for student organizations.
- 5th Floor -- contains faculty offices, the faculty lounge, a seminar room, and the offices of the student law journals.
- 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th Floors -- The Dr. Lillian and Dr. Rebecca Chutick Law Library is the center of student and faculty research at Cardozo. Encompassing four floors of Cardozo's building, the library holds more than 535,000 volumes, over 140 computers, and study space for nearly 500 students. The library entrance is on the seventh floor. Faculty offices also occupy part of the ninth floor.
- 10th Floor -- houses administrative offices for the law school.
- 11th Floor -- home to career services, the admissions office, and the clinics.
- The Innocence Project – 40 Worth St
The Innocence Project moved from the 11th floor of Brookdale Center to a new office space. The move allowed the Innocence Project to hire more staff and significantly increase the number of cases it takes.
Both the Fogelman Library and the Cooper Union library serve as Cardozo's secondary libraries when the main library is closed on the Sabbath or on holidays.
Course and degree offerings
- Juris Doctor
For J.D. students, Cardozo offers a selection of over 240 courses in addition to the eight courses required during the first year. Students may choose to graduate with a concentration in one, or several, of the following areas:
- Business Law
- Civil Litigation
- Corporate Compliance and Risk Control
- Criminal Justice
- Data Law
- Dispute Resolution
- Family and Children's Law
- Intellectual Property and Information Law
- International and Comparative Law
- Public Law, Regulation and Government Affairs
- Real Estate
- Rights and the State
- Tax Law
- Master of Laws
For those who already have a law degree, Cardozo offers LL.M. degrees in General Studies, Comparative Legal Thought, Dispute Resolution and Advocacy, and Intellectual Property. LL.M. students can take almost any of the courses offered to J.D. students. The LL.M. program may be entered in the Spring Term or in the Fall Term.
- Study abroad
Cardozo students may study abroad through the following programs:
- Amsterdam Law School: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Bucerius Law School: Hamburg, Germany
- Central European University: Budapest, Hungary
- Chinese University of Hong Kong: Hong Kong
- ESADE (Barcelona, Spain)
- HEAD - L'ecode des Hautes Etudes Appliquees du Droit: Paris, France
- Peking University Law School
- Sorbonne Law School: Paris, France
- Tel Aviv University: Tel Aviv, Israel
- University of Deusto: Bilbao, Spain
- University of Oxford Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy: Oxford, England
- University of Paris X-Nanterre: Paris, France
- University of Roma Tre: Rome, Italy
- University of Sydney: Sydney, Australia
- Independent Study Abroad
- May Entry
While most Cardozo students begin their legal studies in August, some students are allowed the flexibility to begin in May May-entry students take their first-year courses over three semesters - summer, fall, and spring - and still graduate from Cardozo in three years. They attend their fall and spring first-year classes with fall-entry students.
Students of the Juris Doctor (JD) program publish several law journals, including:
- Alexander Fellows Program
- Benjamin B. Ferencz Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic
- Bet Tzedek Civil Litigation Clinic
- Civil Rights Clinic
- Criminal Defense Clinic
- Divorce Mediation Clinic
- Indie Film Clinic
- Innocence Project Clinic
- Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic
- Mediation Clinic
- Prosecutor Practicum
- Securities Arbitration Clinic
- Tech Startup Clinic
Cardozo offers students the opportunity to participate in the Moot Court Honor Society, a competition-based organization at the school. In addition to participating in approximately six competitions each semester, the organization also hosts the Paulsen Intramural Moot Court Competition, the Monroe Price Media Law Competition, the Cardozo/BMI Moot Court Competition, and the Langfan Oratorical Competition.
- Geoffrey Bowers (1954–87), plaintiff in one of the first AIDS discrimination cases to go to public hearing.
- Madeleine Cosman
- Lawrence A. Cunningham
- John Dalli, partner at Dalli & Marino, LLP
- Ed Fagan
- Sandra J. Feuerstein, District Court Judge, Eastern District of New York
- Sonia Gardner, hedge fund manager and the co-founder of Avenue Capital Group.
- Ron S. Geffner, former SEC enforcement attorney and partner at Sadis & Goldberg
- John S. Hall
- Anna Kaplan
- Rachel Hirschfeld, animal rights activist and lawyer.
- Eddie Huang, Taiwanese American restaurateur, actor, attorney, writer and clothing designer.
- Jeff Marx
- Scott McCoy
- Grace Meng, US Congresswoman
- Barbara Olson, lawyer and conservative television commentator killed in 9/11
- Juliette Passer, president & General Counsel at PanaManagement Corporation
- David Samson, president of the Miami Marlins
- Josh Saviano, now a practicing attorney, Saviano played Kevin Arnold's best friend, Paul Pfeiffer, in The Wonder Years.
- Christopher A. Seeger, multidistrict mass tort and class action litigator
- Pam Sherman, columnist also known as "The Suburban Outlaw"
- Laura Sydell
- Randi Weingarten (1957–), President of the American Federation of Teachers
- Aaron L. Weisman, United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island
- Ivan Wilzig, techno musician also known as "Sir Ivan"
- Former faculty
According to Cardozo's official 2017 ABA-required disclosures, 87% of the Class of 2018 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required or JD-advantage employment ten months after graduation.
The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Cardozo for the 2017-2018 academic year was $86,670. The Law School Transparency estimated non-discounted, debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $323,858.
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