Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

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Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Cardozo Crest
Motto צדק צדק תרדף
Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof
(Justice, justice, shall you seek)
Parent school Yeshiva University
Established 1976
School type Private non-profit
Dean David Rudenstine
Location New York, NY, US
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Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law is located in New York, NY

The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law is the of Yeshiva University, located in the New York City borough of Manhattan. The school is named for Supreme Court Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo.

Cardozo is a relatively new law school, having graduated its first class in 1979. [1] Cardozo's success as a young school has been remarkable, leading some to characterized Cardozo as a "rising star" among law schools. [2]

Cardozo is currently ranked 52nd by U.S. News, which is the most widely read (and criticized) ranking of law schools.

Of the top 90 law schools, no school is younger than Cardozo. [3] Cardozo is one of only three schools founded after 1967 that is ranked among the top 80 schools. The other two are BYU Law School (founded 1973) and George Mason University School of Law (founded 1972).

While Cardozo is noted for its strengths in a variety of areas,[4] its Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution programs are exceptionally well known. This is due, in large part, to both programs being ranked 6th by U.S. News.

The Innocence Project, run by Cardozo Professor Barry Scheck, is very well known for using DNA technology to help free innocent prisoners. The program is frequently reported on in the national news. [5]

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. [6]

Cardozo's excellence was recently acknowledged when an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court selected a Cardozo graduate for a clerkship. [7] A Supreme Court clerkship is arguably the most prestigious appointment for law graduate and is an honor typically reserved for the very best students at the most elite law schools. [8] This is the second time a Cardozo graduate has been chosen for a Supreme Court clerkship. [9]

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 46 states.[10]

Rankings[edit | edit source]

General Rankings

U.S. News ranked Cardozo 52nd. [1]. Aside from the general ranking, the law school ranks:

  • 23rd - Student Quality [2]
  • 28th - Faculty Quality [3]
  • 23rd - Most Cited Law Review [4]
  • 31st - Most SSRN Downloads [5]
  • 15th - Most Prolific Faculty [6]
  • 4th - New York State Bar Pass Rate (2003) [7]
  • Most Competitive Students [8]

Specialty Rankings

  • Top 3 - Law and Literature [9]
  • 4th - Critical Theories [10]
  • 5th - Law & Philosophy [11]
  • 6th - Intellectual Property [12]
  • 6th - Dispute Resolution [13]
  • 10th - LL.M./Masters of Law [14]
  • Top-20 Runner-Up - International & Comparative Law [15]
  • 2nd - Most Cited Arts & Entertainment Law Journal [16] (1st in Scholarly Impact and Cites by Courts) [17]

Admission[edit | edit source]

Admission to Cardozo has become increasingly competitive. The GPA and LSAT scores of entering students are consistently higher than schools with similar rankings.

The class entering in Fall 2005 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 3.72 GPA or higher. [11]

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, and the University of California. [12][13][14] Approximately 20% of incoming students hail from the Ivy League. [15]

Location and Facilities[edit | edit source]

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.

Brookdale Center
  • 1st Floor -- The newly renovated 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 -- The second floor has classrooms and a bookstore.
  • 3rd Floor -- On the third floor, also recently renovated, students enjoy a large student lounge, a cafe, and a cafeteria.
    Student Lounge
  • 4th Floor -- The fourth floor has classrooms, faculty offices, and offices for student organizations.
  • 5th Floor -- The fifth 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 531,000 volumes, has over 130 computers, and study space for nearly 500 students.[16]The library entrance is on the seventh floor. Faculty offices also occupy part of the ninth floor.
  • 10th Floor -- Floor ten houses administrative offices for the law school.
  • 11th Floor -- Floor eleven is home to career services, the admissions office, and the clinics.
The Alabama -- 15 East 11th Street
The Alabama is Cardozo's nine-story residence hall and is just around the corner from Brookdale Center. The Alabama has over 100 units. [17]
The Innocence Project -- 100 Fifth Avenue
The Innocence Project recently moved from the 11th floor of Brookdale Center to a new office space three blocks from the law school. The move allowed the Innocence Project to hire more staff and significantly increase the number of cases it takes.
Fogelman Library of The New School -- 65 Fifth Avenue [18]
The Cooper Union Library -- 7 East 7th Street [19]
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[edit | edit source]

Juris Doctor

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: [20]

  • Commercial Law
  • Constitutional Law and Rights
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Family and Matrimonial Law
  • Intellectual Property and Communications Law
  • International and Comparative Law
  • Litigation (General)
  • Property and Real Estate
  • Taxation

Cardozo also offers "pathways" in both Public Law and Regulation and Jurisprudence and Legal History, which are not formal concentrations. [21] 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 the following areas:

  • General Studies
  • Comparative Legal Thought
  • Intellectual Property
  • Dispute Resolution and Advocacy

[22] LL.M. students can take any of the couses offered to J.D. students.

Study Abroad

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 four years or a semester early.

Notable Alumni[edit | edit source]

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. America's Best Graduate Schools 2007: Top Law Schools,
  2. Rankings of Law School by Student Quality, 2005,
  3. Faculty Quality Rankings: Scholarly Reputation, 2003-04,
  4. Law Journals: Submissions and Rankings, Filtered by "Student-Edited" and "2006 Jnls"
  5. Fun With SSRN Law School Rankings,
  6. James Lindgren & Daniel Seltzer, The Most Prolific Law Professors and Faculties, 71 CHI.-KENT. L. REV.781, 793 (1996).
  7. Bar Pass Rates at Law Schools in New York State,
  8. Yeshiva University: Rankings & Lists,
  9. Top Law Schools by Specialty Area, 2002-03: Law & Literature,
  10. Faculty Quality in Critical Theories, 2003-04,
  11. Faculty Quality in Law & Philosophy, 2003-04,
  12. America's Best Graduate Schools 2007: Law Specialties: Intellectual Property Law,
  13. America's Best Graduate Schools 2007: Law Specialties: Dispute Resolution,
  14. 2006 Rankings of American LL.M/Master of Law,
  15. Faculty Quality in International & Comparative Law, 2003-04,
  16. Law Journals: Submissions and Rankings, Filtered by "Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law" and "2006 Jnls."
  17. Law Journals: Submissions and Rankings, Filtered by "Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law," "2006 Cases" and "2006 IF." 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).

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