Welcome to the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law's New York Summer Seminar for foreign-educated lawyers and students. We are excited to welcome you to Cardozo this summer.

Why Join the Cardozo Law New York Summer Seminar?

  • Gain a foundation in United States law from premier faculty in a format that caters to international students
  • Experience a day in our world-famous Innocence Project
  • Immerse yourself in hands-on litigation training through our mini-Intensive Trial Advocacy Program
  • Supplement in-class learning with site visits to a court, a law firm, and other legal sites of interest in the New York City community
  • Meet legal professionals from a variety of practice areas
  • Enjoy group extracurricular activities designed to share New York highlights
  • Take advantage of the best of New York City from our central location between Greenwich Village and Union Square
  • Earn a certificate upon successful completion

Download the New York Summer Seminar Schedule and register for Summer 2015 today!

Summer 2015 Dates: July 5-19, 2015

New York Summer Seminar at a Glance

Dates: July 5-July 19, 2015

Cost: $75 Application Fee
 / $1950 Program Fee

Program Audience: Foreign-educated lawyers and law students with at least one year of legal study who wish to gain grounding in United States law and litigation.

Further information: Contact nysummer@yu.edu

See pictures from previous seminars here.

New York Summer Content

Designed for non-U.S. lawyers and law students, the New York Summer Seminar offers an introduction to the theory and practice of the U.S. legal system through classes, site visits and simulations. After an initial week of introduction to core U.S. legal concepts, students will have an opportunity to experience these concepts as they are applied by jurists and legal professionals.

Week One: Introduction to U.S. Law

Through interactive class sessions, students are introduced to a variety of relevant topics to serve as a foundation in United States law. Classes include individual and collaborative opportunities for students to simulate aspects of U.S. legal practice through exercises in argument, negotiation and advocacy. Possible topics include:

  • American dual government and judicial system
  • Litigation: How a dispute becomes a case
  • Common law case reading and analysis and case synthesis
  • Relationship between common law and statutory law
  • Public interest law, including film and discussion on civil rights attorney William Kunstler
  • Selected topics in American law: gun control, the death penalty, voting rights, and immigration

Week Two: Litigation in Practice

After the grounding in U.S. law that is provided in week one, the program continues with site visits and simulations which illuminate different aspects of U.S. litigation. The week concludes with an intensive training on cutting-edge strategies for courtroom litigation. The tentative offerings include:

  • A half-day program at the world-famous Innocence Project, with lawyers and students learning about their work exonerating prisoners with their groundbreaking use of DNA technology. Since the project's founding at Cardozo School of Law in 1992, over 300 innocent people have been exonerated.
  • A mini-Intensive Trial Advocacy Program where students are trained in litigation skills and try out those skills through simulations of aspects of jury trials, including opening statements, direct and cross examinations, summations, etc.
  • Visit to a United States court and judge's chambers
  • Meeting with a former U.K. barrister turned U.S. litigator
  • Visit to a law firm

Program Activities

  • Orientation
  • Baseball game
  • Broadway show
  • Visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Introductory dinner
  • Closing ceremony and lunch

Optional Seminar

Pursuing an LL.M. in the United States

New York Summer Housing

Participants in the 2015 New York Summer Seminar have the following option for housing:

Dormitory housing

Kerrey Hall at the University Center Residence
New School for Social Research
65 Fifth Avenue (at 13th Street)

  • $800 total for 14 nights in shared room in a two-bedroom suite
  • A limited number of single rooms in a two-bedroom suite may be available for $1600. Please inquire for details.

These fees includes accommodation in a nearby residence hall in apartment suite style rooms of two bedrooms with two students per room. Each apartment is air-conditioned and includes a full kitchen, bathroom, ample closet space and a common area for gathering and dining. See the sample University Center Residence floor plan for an idea of the residence hall setup. Linens are also provided, and include a bath towel, pillow, pillow case, flat sheet, fitted sheet, and blanket.

To reserve your space in Kerrey Hall, please download and return the 2015 Housing Application and Contract by email to nysummer@yu.edu. Housing will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to those who return their housing application and remit payment in full through our online payment system.

Furnished Apartment Rental

Participants wishing to secure furnished apartments should contact the Chelsmore Apartments, located at 205 West 15th Street (in close proximity to the school). To inquire about rates and availability, visit www.chelsmore.com.
Rates start at $2600 for a one-month minimum stay.

Other Hotels
Recommended hotels in walking distance of Cardozo are available hereA list of more hotels, in a range of prices, is available from the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Visa Information

Choosing a Visa

Some program participants enter the U.S. as a B-1, B-2 or WT visitor. This is appropriate for those who are coming to the United States primarily for tourism," and "also incidentally will engage in a short course of study during their visit."  Therefore, if you choose the B-2/WT visa, you are entering the U.S. with "tourist" intentions, which is your primary purpose. Your "study" at Cardozo New York Summer Seminar Foreign Lawyers/Law Students is your secondary purpose. It is "incidental and avocational" to your primary tourist purpose.

We also issue 1-20s to support F-1 visa applications for our Summer Seminar. If you wish to pursue the F-1 option, you should follow all instructions on this website.

Cardozo Law does NOT require any specific visa type to attend the Summer Seminar. We only offer official and competent guidance to enable you to make a prudent choice customized for your personal case.

Obtaining an F-1 Visa

The Summer Seminar satisfies the F-1 visa/status requirements. Upon submission of the required documentation (see below), Yeshiva University will issue an I-20 which will enable participants to obtain an F-1 visa to enter the United States for the purpose of participating in our Summer Seminar. If a participant wishes to obtain an F-1 visa, the below documents must be submitted directly to Jennifer Golden in the Office of International Students and Scholars by email at oiss@yu.edu.

Please do not submit any information to the OISS until you have paid the program fee.

1. Application for Form I-20 (F-1 Graduate Students

2. Financial supporting statement, such as an official bank statement, bank or employer letter showing sufficient funds, or copies of award letters, loans, etc.
3. A statement indicating whether the participant intends to pursue an academic program in the U.S. before or after the Summer Seminar, if applicable.

4. A copy of the name page of the passport clearly showing the participant's full name.

Special Instructions for Incoming LL.M. Students

Please note that incoming LL.M. students may not enter on a tourist visa if they will be staying in the U.S. to pursue a degree-granting program after the Summer Seminar. If you will attend the Summer Seminar program prior to the LL.M. program, you will need to submit an I-20 application for BOTH programs.

In order to expedite your I-20 processing, please submit the I-20 application forms for both programs together, if possible.

Registration Upon Arrival

Summer Seminar Participants who travel to the U.S. under a F-1 visa issued using documentation provided by Yeshiva University must check in with the Office of International Students and Scholars upon their arrival in NYC, bringing with them their original I-20, passport, and I-94 record. We will arrange appointments for these participants throughout the first week of the program. This check-in procedure is required by U.S. law, and failure to meet with the Office for International Services is a violation of your F-1 status and could cause serious implications with the U.S. government.

Further questions regarding visa issues should be directed to oiss@yu.edu.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online application. If you are unable to apply online, please contact nysummer@yu.edu.
  2. Email a brief resume/CV and a copy of the picture page of your passport to nysummer@yu.edu.
  3. Submit the non-refundable application fee of $75 online at our secure payment site.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Because enrollment is limited, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Program Fees

  1. Non-refundable application fee: $75

  2. Program tuition fee: $1950

    • This fee includes academic activities related to the program and also includes:

      • Outing to a Major League Baseball Game

      • Visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Museum

      • Broadway show evening

      • Welcome dinner

      • Orientation and closing lunches

      • Breakfast on class days

      • Reading and course information packet

  3. Dormitory housing (optional)
    • $800 for shared room in a two-bedroom suite; limited single rooms in two-bedroom suites for $1600 may be available

Withdrawal and Refund Policy:
Students withdrawing from the program in writing via email to nysummer@yu.edu are eligible for program fee refunds in accordance with the following schedule:

  • Up to four weeks prior to the start of the program: 100% refund
  • Up to three weeks prior to the start of the program: 75% refund
  • Up to two weeks prior to the start of the program: 50% refund
  • Up to one week prior to the start of the program: 25% refund
  • No refund is given to a student who withdraws within one week before the start of the program or later

A week is defined as a 7-day cycle starting on the Sunday of the program start.

Information about housing fees and the refund schedule for housing will be posted with the application for housing in late February.


There are several ways to pay your fees:

  • Online payment by credit card through our secure site
  • Personal check drawn on a U.S. bank or money order, including international money orders sent to:

         New York Summer Seminar
         Cardozo School of Law
         55 Fifth Avenue, Room 1007
         New York, NY 10003

  • Direct transfer or wiring of funds to Yeshiva University's account at: 

JP Morgan Chase
1166 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036‐2708
ABA/Routing # 021000021
Acct Name Chem 4
Acct # 114‐003327
Swift Code CHASUS33

Please make sure that your name and "Cardozo Summer Seminar" appears on the wire. Please review the wiring procedures with your bank and be sure to add any fees incurred onto your total to ensure the full balance is credited to the university account.

Know Before You Go

  • Passport and Visa
    You must have a passport valid for travel for entry into the United States.
  • Airport Transfer
    Please see the website of the Port Authority for New York and New Jersey for information on transportation from New York area airports: http://www.panynj.gov/airports/
  • Weather
    New York’s climate in the summer can be very hot and humid. Temperatures can exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius). Though it is likely to be very warm outside, classrooms inside Cardozo can have strong air conditioning. Please be sure to bring a sweater or jacket with you each day to class.
  • Electricity
    Be advised that the United States uses 110 to 120 volts AC (60 cycles), compared to 220 to 240 volts AC (50 cycles) in most of Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. If your small appliances use 220 to 240 volts, you'll need a 110-volt transformer, as well as a plug adapter with two flat parallel pins to operate your appliances in the United States. As transformers that change 220-240 volts to 110-120 volts are difficult to find, we strongly suggest you bring one with you.
  • What to Bring
    Dress code: For most of the program, casual attire is appropriate. There is no dress code for classes. During visits to the courthouse and to the law firm, please dress “business casual”—slacks and shirts for men; slacks or dresses or skirts for women.

    We recommend that students bring no more than one medium-large suitcase to be checked and 1 small carry-on. Exceeding this weight might result in an upfront fee that you will have to pay.

    Suggested packing list:
    * Valid passport and copy of passport and visa
    * Insurance cards
    * ATM card, credit card, and cash in U.S. dollars, if possible
    * 3-4 ziplock plastic bags (always useful to have)
    * Hand sanitizer gel
    * Money belt
    * Travel alarm clock
    * Camera with extra batteries
    * Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, hairbrush, lip balm, shaving razor, etc.
    * Personal first aid kit: Band-aids, antibiotic ointment, non-prescription medications for digestive and cold ailments
    * Prescription medication: all medicines you are currently taking, plus a copy of the prescription for any medication in case your medications get lost (be sure to have the generic name)
    * Glasses, contact lenses, and contact lens solution, if applicable
    * Earplugs (if you’re a light sleeper and will have a new roommate)
    * Water bottle
    * Small daypack
    * Journal and/or books
    * Pens and/or pencils and notebook
    * Umbrella
    * Batteries/chargers and adapters for electrical items, if you will bring any
    * Linens and towels if applicable (please check back)

    * Shorts and t-shirts for daily dress
    * Sweaters, slacks and long-sleeved shirts for air conditioning and evening
    * Business casual clothes for certain meetings: skirts/dresses/trousers and shirts
    * Comfortable, well-fitting shoes

    Also, leave copies of important documents with family and/or a trustworthy friend at home:
    Passport identification page, airline tickets, credit cards, insurance information and your contact information abroad

  • Your Health and Safety

    Medical Information
    It is a good idea to bring a first aid kit with you with common over-the-counter medications in case you feel ill during the time you are here.  If you think you need a doctor, you should seek assistance from one of the Cardozo coordinators to help you identify the proper place to go.

    If you have a serious emergency and do not know a doctor, go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital. Emergency rooms are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are too ill to get to the hospital, call an ambulance by dialing 911 on the telephone (but note that there will be a substantial charge for ambulance service if this is not covered by your health insurance). Emergency rooms always give priority to the most seriously ill patients, so if your problem is not life-threatening, you can expect to wait a long time before you receive treatment.

    Healthcare in the United States is very costly, even for minor care in a clinic or hospital, and is not covered by the state or Cardozo School of Law. A one-night stay in a local hospital can cost more than $1,000. A visit to a doctor’s office can cost $100 or more per visit. Health insurance can lower these costs considerably. You should be sure you have health insurance coverage prior to your departure for the United States. This insurance should include doctor’s office visits, emergency room care, hospitalization, medication, mental health benefits and, if possible, evacuation back to your home country.

    General Safety
    New York City is among the safest big cities in the United States, and we do not anticipate any problems relating to crime while you are here, but like any urban area, there are safety issues about which you should be aware. The best advice is to always be alert, but not to be afraid, and to use common sense. New York currently has a reputation as one of the safest cities in the United States with a population of 1 million or more. While the crime rate is virtually the lowest it has been in New York, certain precautions still need to be taken. These are the same as in any big city: protect money and valuables, avoid contact with potential scam artists, try to remain in well-lit areas and remain aware of your surroundings. It is also worth noting that security has been increased at major attractions and events since 9/11. If you are planning to visit any of these popular tourist destinations during your stay in New York, it is important to remember that you will be subject to bag checks and additional security procedures. We will distribute safety tips upon arrival with some additional suggestions for best practices while you visit New York or any other big city. 

  • Computing and Technology
    The Law Library has plenty of desktop computers as well as printers available for student use. There is no requirement to bring your own laptop; however, if you wish to bring one, you are free to use it in the classroom to take notes. 

    The Law School has a wireless network called YUWireless throughout the building. You will receive instructions on how to connect to the network upon arrival.

New York City and You

Getting Around New York
There are many different ways to get around New York. The main ones are walking, public transportation and a yellow taxi.

When out and about it is quite difficult to get lost whilst on “the grid” – the part of New York where the streets and the avenues contain numbers (e.g. Cardozo is located on the corner of 5th Avenue and 12th Street). It gets a bit more confusing when you travel down to Greenwich Village, which is technically anything below 14th Street! Here, the streets have names as opposed to numbers and they do not follow a grid pattern. While you are still becoming familiar with the layout of the city it is worthwhile to carry a map with you. Most smart phones now come with Google maps, but if you find yourself in need of a map please feel free to print out the one here!

The subway is a great alternative to walking, particularly given that the trains are air conditioned during the summer. Each subway line is given a color and a letter, with several lines of the same color running on each track. It is important to note that express trains run on some of the lines, and these express trains do not stop at each station. When you want to stop at a certain station, it is very important to know whether it is a local or express stop prior to boarding a train. If you have determined that your stop is a local stop, make sure to board the local train only, as the express train will not let you off at your desired stop. The signs in the subway stations will label each track as local or express, so be sure to pay close attention!

Buses are another form of public transportation that is available to you in New York. Buses are distinguished by a letter followed by a number (e.g. M14). The letter stands for the borough in which the bus runs, so M = Manhattan, B = Brooklyn, Q = Queens, Bx = The Bronx, and S = Staten Island.

Maps for both the subway and buses are available here:

To use the subway and the buses, you must purchase a MetroCard. This can be purchased from the ticket machines or from the ticket agents in each subway stations. The ticket machines accept cash, credit and debit cards. A single ride costs $2.25 and it is possible to ride both the subway and a local bus on the same ticket, but the transfer to the bus must be made within 2 hours of entering the subway. Express buses cost $5.50 a ride. You can purchase single tickets for each trip or you can purchase a pay as you MetroCard – this works in a similar way to the Oyster card in London – you add a certain amount of cash and you use it until it runs out. Depending on the amount you of cash you add, you may receive a bonus amount on your card! One day, weekly and monthly passes are also available for slightly discounted rates.

Taxi Cabs
Cabs are more expensive than the subway or the bus, but they can be the fastest way to travel—although this will be dependent on the traffic (don’t expect to get down 5th Avenue very fast on a Saturday afternoon, for example). It can also be quite difficult to get a cab between 4-6 p.m., as this is the shift changeover for the drivers. The meter starts at $2.50 when you get in, and there are some additional surcharges as well. You will be charged a $0.50 surcharge for trips between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. and a $1.00 surcharge from 4-8 p.m. on weekdays. The fare shown on the meter covers all passengers to one destination.

It is also important to remember that tipping is customary, and you could say pretty much mandatory, here in the U.S. If you are paying by credit or debit card in the cab, you will be taken to a screen where you can enter a tip—you can enter any amount you want, but there are pre-programmed options of 20%, 25% and 30%. If you are paying cash and the amount is under $10, you normally round up to the second nearest dollar (e.g. If the fare is $7.70, you would round up to $9).

Helpful Websites
Directions (walking/subway/bus) to anywhere from anywhere in NYC:

Information on New York City events, activities and restaurants:
nymag.com, newyork.timeout.com, www.yelp.com or www.citysearch.com

Restaurant menus: