Cardozo Law is closed on Tuesday, January 27.
Students may use the lobby and have access to their lockers on Tuesday, January 27.
“The law never is, but is always about to be.”
—Supreme Court Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo
The academic program at Cardozo School of Law is shaped by our namesake’s abiding belief that legal practice must not only evolve with the times, but also anticipate future needs.
Cardozo Law’s combination of stellar academic courses, special programs, and clinics, field clinics and externships meld theory and practice to produce lawyers who are thoroughly trained for tomorrow’s demands.
The school offers a rigorous and stimulating curriculum, with a wide range of electives to customize your J.D. degree. You can choose among 10 concentrations all taught by internationally recognized leaders in their fields.
The core first-year requirements teach critical analysis and require close reading so that students learn to think like lawyers. Cardozo's courses lay a foundation for understanding the law, fundamental legal concepts and doctrine. First year courses include:
Upper-level courses enable students to specialize and to develop skills essential to practice. Courses include professional responsibility, advanced legal research, and classes that meet a students' choice of concentration. In addition, students in their second and third year participate in clinics, field clinics and externships.
Cardozo's programs are consistently ranked in the top tier. Our Intellectual Property & Information Law program is one of the strongest in the country, and the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution is a pioneer in the field.
Seminars abroad allow students the opportunity to study international and comparative law around the world. Recent seminars abroad have been conducted in China, Ecuador, India, Cuba, South Africa and Israel.
In addition to our core offerings and certificate programs, joint degree programs give you numerous opportunities to distinguish yourself in the legal field. For example, we are the only law school with a joint J.D. and Masters of Science in Bioethics program. Offered in partnership with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the joint program in Bioethics immerses students at the nexus of science, health care and law.
No matter what academic path you take, Cardozo Law recognizes that the law lives and changes in a technologically advanced, round-the-clock global environment.