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Cornell Law School

Cornell Law offers a highly-rated national law curriculum leading to the three-year J.D. degree. The curriculum reflects a broad range of ideas current in American legal education.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 596
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 166 - 169
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.54 - 3.77
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 91.73%
Tuition $55,301

Overview

Overview

About Cornell Law School

Cornell Law offers a highly-rated national law curriculum leading to the three-year J.D. degree. The curriculum reflects a broad range of ideas current in American legal education.

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Cornell University is a small school with a big name. Thanks to this favorable combination Cornell University’s Law School works hard to keep up its reputation for producing quality lawyers. The law school places a big emphasis on cultivating a diverse student body, from work background and race to hometown. This “great and unique” law school stands out due to its smaller size since there are less than 200 students in each year’s class, which means sections consist of about 30-35 students, and “you get a real sense of community being here.” Every Wednesday, the school has a student/faculty coffee hour called “The Weekly Perk,” where all of the students and professors “can mingle and have some coffee and cook­ies.” The Deans also host a monthly breakfast for the leaders of the student organizations “so they can hear concerns and suggestions from the students themselves.” In case it is not clear from all of the food-based collaboration, the “eager to help” administration “works hard to provide as many opportunities as they can, including public interest grants for sum­mer work.” Students who want to be involved in the Cornell community have plenty of opportunities, and “faculty take a genuine interest in student's ideas and research goals.”Much of the high tuition at Cornell goes to maintaining the excellence in the faculty. The “rock star” professors here are “amazing” and “truly want every student to succeed and excel.” Some say “the ability to take classes with some of the leading professionals and thinkers in a particular area is one of the best aspects of a Cornell Law education.” “They are like legal celebrities.” Others say that it is “the ease with which graduates can land a big law job in NYC.” “Our career services department made the process both painless and simple, and most students had their summer employment locked down by the beginning of Fall 2011,” according to one student. The rest of Cornell Law School also “runs like a well-oiled machine.” “I have had the opportunity to see my legal writing published in national magazines, and I have been given chances to do things I never thought I could achieve, through the guidance of the staff and faculty at Cornell,” says one student. Students are required to take thirteen credits per semester, leaving many wishing for “more mandatory pass/fail one credit classes,” since many students are left “scrambling for that extra credit” in the second semester. Still, the focus on the practical experience is what firms are looking for in this economy, and “the clinical classes give students a chance to apply what they've learned to real world problems.” “It's refreshing to have theory classes taught by individuals who also have real-world experience in the field,” says one student. “For example, my Public International Law professor helped to draft the new constitution for Kenya and [has a working relationship] with Kofi Annan.” One huge benefit of the school’s size includes the opportunities to schedule a directed reading or supervised writ­ing. With a directed reading, if a student is interested in taking a course in something that is not currently offered, that student can contact the professor and set up a directed reading or supervised writing to receive credit and study a particular topic.Though students frequently admit, “Ithaca is a lovely place,” they are also keenly aware that “there aren't the same type of part-time externship opportunities that one would find in New York City, Washington, D.C., or even the smaller cities.” Luckily, networking oppor­tunities and reputation can help compensate, and “just having ‘Cornell’ on your resume can open certain doors.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 192

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 87

Description: An advanced, professional program of the U.S. legal system, Constitution law, and jurisprudence. Includes instruction in legal history, legal sociology, philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal procedure, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 2

Description: An advanced, professional program of the U.S. legal system, Constitution law, and jurisprudence. Includes instruction in legal history, legal sociology, philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal procedure, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA (3 and 4-years), JD/MPA, JD/MA, JD/Ph.D., JD/MRP, JD/MILR

Specialty Law Programs

  • International

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 95
Full-Time Faculty 56
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 8
Part-Time Faculty 31
Faculty Gender 64% Male
35% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 9 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 53% Male
47% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 16%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 1%
International 8%
Hispanic/Latino 12%
Ethnicity Unknown 39%
Black or African American 7%
Asian 14%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $55,301 Same as On-Campus
Housing $11,250 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $66,551 $55,301

Financial Aid

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: February 1

Average Age Admitted: 23

Incoming Class

Cornell Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 166 - 169
LSAT Total 166 - 169

Cornell Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.54 - 3.77
Total 3.54 - 3.77

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 69%
First Time Pass Rate 92%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 2 1%
Firm Sized 11-25 1 1%
Firm Sized 26-50 2 1%
Firm Sized 51-100 3 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 5 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 18 10%
Firm Sized 501+ 87 49%
Business Industry 4 2%
Government 20 11%
Public Interest 13 7%
Federal Clerkship 13 7%
State Clerkship 5 3%
Unknown Employer Type 2 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Seeking 13 7%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DC 6%
CA 7%
NY 59%
International 2%

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