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 CourtJusticeBenjamin N. Cardozo. Cardozo law school has been characterized as a "rising star" among law schools due to its good performance as a relatively young school. Among the top 100 law schools, only three schools are younger than Cardozo, which graduated its first class in 1979. Cardozo is currently ranked 52nd by U.S. News and World Report ranking of 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 2013, 88% of the law school's first-time test takers passed the bar exam, placing the law school sixth-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.
In 2017, 85% of the law school's first-time test takers passed the bar exam. 94% of 2015 graduates who sat for the bar exam passed within two years of their date of graduation.
Admission to Cardozo is competitive. For the class entering in 2018, 1,152 out of 2,862 applicants were offered admission (40.25%), with 334 enrolling. The 75th and 25th LSAT percentiles for the 2018 entering class were 162 and 157, respectively, with a median of 161. The 75th and 25th undergraduate GPA percentiles were 3.71 and 3.24, respectively, with a median of 3.52.
The top feeder undergraduate schools include:
Binghamton University, Boston University, Brooklyn College, City College, Columbia University/Barnard College, Cornell University, Fordham University, George Washington University, Hunter College, New York University, Queens College, Rutgers University, Touro College, University of Maryland, University of Miami, University of Michigan and Yeshiva University.
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 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
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:
Corporate Compliance and Risk Control
Family and Children's Law
Intellectual Property and Information Law
International and Comparative Law
Public Law, Regulation and Government Affairs
Rights and the State
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.
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
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:
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
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.
According to Cardozo's official 2017 ABA-required disclosures, 86.99% of the Class of 2017 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 is $86,670. The Law School Transparency estimated non-discounted, debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $323,858.
^"Law Journals: Submissions and Rankings". Washington & Lee Law School. Archived from the original on 2006-03-07. Retrieved 2013-10-04. The Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court three times. See Eldred v. Ashcroft, 537 U.S. 186, 780-81 (2003); Arkansas Educ. Television Com'n v. Forbes, 523 U.S. 666, 687 n.7 (1998); Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., 510 U.S. 569, 578 (1994).