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City University of New York School of Law

The Law School's unique and integrated curriculum has made it a national leader in progressive legal education. The curriculum engages students in a thoughtful combination of rigorous coursework in traditional substantive areas and a lawyering program that teaches the skills recognized by the American Bar Association as necessary for competent practice (problem solving, legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, factual investigation, communication, including legal writing and oral argument; counseling, negotiation, litigation and alternative dispute resolution procedures, organization and management of legal work, and recognition and resolution of ethical dilemmas). The basic premise of the curriculum is that theory cannot be separated from practice, abstract knowledge of doctrine from practical skill, and understanding professional responsibility from professional experience. There is a sophisticated, well-staffed Writing Center, and there are numerous opportunities for legal writing in the second and third years, including the New York City Law Review and Moot Court. An extensive Academic Support Program provides a Summer Law Institute for incoming students, one-on-one and group tutoring, facilitated study groups, and a special academic support course for students who may find themselves in academic difficulty after their first semester.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 428
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 154 - 159
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.97 - 3.56
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 69.52%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 84.0%
In State Tuition $13,802
Out of State Tuition $21,802

Overview

Overview

About City University of New York School of Law

The Law School's unique and integrated curriculum has made it a national leader in progressive legal education. The curriculum engages students in a thoughtful combination of rigorous coursework in traditional substantive areas and a lawyering program that teaches the skills recognized by the American Bar Association as necessary for competent practice (problem solving, legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, factual investigation, communication, including legal writing and oral argument; counseling, negotiation, litigation and alternative dispute resolution procedures, organization and management of legal work, and recognition and resolution of ethical dilemmas). The basic premise of the curriculum is that theory cannot be separated from practice, abstract knowledge of doctrine from practical skill, and understanding professional responsibility from professional experience. There is a sophisticated, well-staffed Writing Center, and there are numerous opportunities for legal writing in the second and third years, including the New York City Law Review and Moot Court. An extensive Academic Support Program provides a Summer Law Institute for incoming students, one-on-one and group tutoring, facilitated study groups, and a special academic support course for students who may find themselves in academic difficulty after their first semester.

Reviews

The incredibly affordable CUNY—Law is “full of school spirit, clinical training, and no page ripping out of library books.” Working under the mission “law in the service of human needs,” the school is “genuinely committed to the struggle for justice,” and tends to attract a different type of law student; unlike a lot of New York law schools, the vast majority of the “dedicated” and “idealistic” students here go on to careers in public inter­est. This mission creates a law school experience like no other—students are encouraging to one another and help each other to thrive, and everyone involved with the school wishes success on each new class. “Put it this way, I have a number of my professors’ cell phone numbers, I call them by their first names, and our janitors come to our graduation because they are proud of us,” says a 3L. The curriculum here provides a well-rounded education of law and case-teaching method, along with policy and legal theory, enabling students to do more progressive work in the legal field. There is no grading curve, classes stress doctrinal work and advocacy, seminars teach practical skills with lawyering, and the research requirements prepare students for internships/careers. Legal clinics offer myriad of practical experi­ence, particularly in the third year. Professors are “diverse, engaged and receptive to students,” and many “have amazing histories of advocacy work,” with backgrounds in feminist organizing work, gay rights, environmental justice, reproductive rights, and “everything else fun and liberal.” There can be a touch of disorganization and bureau­cracy in the administration, but it’s kept to a minimum, and administrators “can be great if you find them on a good day.” CUNY Law recently moved locations to Long Island City, which is within walking distance of seven subway lines, the Long Island Railroad, and many buses, not to mention the Long Island City courthouse. The new LEED Gold certified building now makes the law school one of the greenest law schools in the coun­try. All classrooms are equipped with at least one computer and a SmartBoard for easy note-taking, and outside of the classroom, discussions are continued “on the course websites that each professor dedicate to maintain.”In the end, it’s the complete commitment from faculty, staff, and students to the school’s mission that wins students over, and the comfortable, supportive environment created when surrounded by people with similar motives. “No one here is trying to be an ambulance chaser or a barracuda or any of the other stereotypes of lawyers. Everyone here is genuinely interested in being a champion for a cause and the cause is people who genuinely need the law on their side,” says a proud

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 141

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.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

None

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 61
Full-Time Faculty 39
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 13
Part-Time Faculty 9
Faculty Gender 36% Male
63% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 9 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 36% Male
64% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 55%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 4%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 17%
Ethnicity Unknown 1%
Black or African American 7%
Asian 14%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $13,802 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $13,802 $13,802

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $21,802 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $21,802 $21,802

Financial Aid

89% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$33,385 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 15

Average Age Admitted: 27

Application Fee: $60

Incoming Class

City University of New York School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 154 - 159
LSAT Total 154 - 159

City University of New York School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.97 - 3.56
Total 2.97 - 3.56

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Academic GPA, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, Work Experience

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 92%
First Time Pass Rate 70%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 14
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 84%
Average Starting Salary $48,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 25 21%
Firm Sized 11-25 2 2%
Firm Sized 26-50 1 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 1 1%
Business Industry 9 8%
Government 11 9%
Public Interest 50 42%
Federal Clerkship 3 3%
State Clerkship 6 5%
Academia 3 3%
Unknown Employer Type 1 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 3 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 19 13%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
AZ 3%
NJ 5%
NY 76%
International 2%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of City University of New York School of Law include:

  • Harvey Epstein - Director Community Development Project, Urban Justice Center
  • Hon. Edwina G. Richardson-Mendelson - Administrative Judge, NY Family Court
  • Kary Moss - Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
  • William Massey - Partner at Gladstein, Reif & Meginniss LLP
  • Rita Mella - Manhattan Surrogate Court Judge

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