• Preparing Students for a Specific Career Track
    Professional Concentrations prepare students to practice in a particular field of law by integrating key components of foundational, advanced, and experiential offerings together with extracurricular opportunities at Cardozo.
  • Support from Faculty and Alumni
    Dedicated faculty and alumni advisory boards support students with advice on course selection, experiential opportunities, and career development.

Cardozo's faculty created Professional Concentrations to help students focus their experience on particular career goals centered in different areas of legal practice. Each concentration consists of required courses, electives and suggestions for related clinics, field clinics and skills courses. These paths also provide students ample flexibility to continue to experiment, by taking courses outside of their chosen concentration. Participation in a Professional Concentration is optional, as some students may not wish to focus on a particular area of practice.

A team of faculty advisors oversees each Professional Concentration. These advisors create and refine course requirements and are available to help students with course selection and other concentration-related issues. Each concentration also has a dedicated alumni advisory team. Alumni advisors help students integrate course selection with practical work experience and clinical exposure, as well as provide guidance and mentoring on students’ professional development. 

All Professional Concentrations Provide:

  • A team of dedicated faculty advisors
  • Access to alumni advisors in practice
  • Advice on skills-building courses and summer jobs
  • Advice on extracurricular activities, such as journals, Moot Court programs, pro bono projects and clubs available to Cardozo students

For a comprehensive overview of all of Cardozo's concentrations, please click here


Faculty Advisory Groups by Concentration

Business Law

Elizabeth Golman teaches Securities Regulation and directs the Securities Arbitration Clinic. Prior to joining the Cardozo faculty, Professor Goldman was Senior Counsel in the Division of Enforcement of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the Northeast Regional Office in New York.

Jeanne Schroeder teaches a wide variety of business law courses, including Corporations, Corporate Finance, and Securities Regulation. She practiced in corporate finance for 12 years as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and a partner at Milgrim Thomajan & Lee.

Civil Litigation

Myriam Gilles teaches Torts, Elements of Law, Complex Litigation and Products Liability. Her scholarship touches on these general areas, with a focus on class actions and aggregate litigation.

Alex Reinert teaches Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, and The Rights of Prisoners. He conducts research in these areas and has extensive civil rights litigation experience, with a focus on prisoners’ rights.

Corporate Compliance and Risk Control

Jeffrey Reitman is an adjunct professor and has spent more than four decades doing legal and compliance work in the in-house counsel’s office of J.P. Morgan Chase and other banks. He is the former Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel, and Head of Global Compliance at J.P. Morgan Chase.

Mike Stone is a member of the adjunct faculty and is Director of Compliance at the Heyman Center. He formerly was a Managing Director and General Counsel of Morgan Stanley Individual Investment Group and Chief Attorney, Branch of Enforcement at the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Charles Yablon is the Faculty Co-Director of the Cardozo Data Law Initiative, teaches a Corporations, Mergers and Acquisitions, and other business courses. Before joining the Cardozo faculty he was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and then at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Criminal Justice

Kyron Huigens teaches a wide variety of criminal law courses. Prior to joining the Cardozo faculty, he worked both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in Washington State.

Jessica Roth teaches Criminal Law, Evidence, and White Collar Crime. Before joining Cardozo, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York for seven years, where she focused on the prosecution of violent gangs and securities fraud. From 2010-2014, she served as a reporter for the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, helping to revise the ABA’s standards on Fair Trial-Free Press issues.

Data Law

Patrick Burke is the Executive Director of the Cardozo Data Law Initiative. He is Senior Counsel in the E-Discovery & Information Governance group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He teaches E-discovery, Digital Evidence and Computer Forensics and runs the Data Law Internship program with Denise Backhouse.

Denise Backhouse is the Associate Director of the Cardozo Data Law Initiative, and teaches the Data Law Externship seminar. She is a shareholder and eDiscovery counsel in the New York City office of Littler Mendelson, PC. Professor Backhouse is a member of The Sedona Conference® international and eDiscovery working groups, co-chair of the 2014 International Programme on Cross-Border Discovery and Data Protection Law in London, and a contributing editor to the Primer on Social Media.

Felix Wu is the Faculty Co-Director of the Cardozo Data Law Initiative, teaches Privacy Law and the Privacy Seminar, as well as courses in Intellectual Property. In addition to his law degree, Professor Wu holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. He was previously an associate at Fish & Richardson.

Dispute Resolution

Lela P. Love teaches the Cardozo Mediation Clinic, Mediation and Other Methods of Fostering Democratic Dialogue, Mediation Strategy/ADR Competition Team, and Introduction to Mediation. Professor Love has been teaching training, consulting and writing in the mediation field for three decades. She also serves as a mediator, arbitrator, and dispute resolution consultant in a wide range of cases.

Robert K. Collins teaches the Divorce Mediation Clinic. He has practiced and taught divorce and family mediation for the past 30 years. Prior to teaching he worked in private practice, and as an Assistant District Attorney for the New York County District Attorney’s office.

David J. Weisenfeld teaches Negotiation Theory & Skills, ADR in the Workplace, Negotiation Strategy/ADR Competition Team, and Contract Drafting. Since 2005, he has been an active arbitrator and mediator of labor, employment, and commercial disputes and serves on numerous neutral panels, including those of the AAA, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, NYC Office of Collective Bargaining, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and FINRA. Before becoming a neutral, he was a partner at Thelen Reid & Priest LLP and practiced labor and employment law in New York City for over 20 years.

Family and Children's Law

Marci Hamilton teaches Children and the Law, Constitutional Law, Law and Religion, and Child Sex Abuse and the Law. She is the leading expert in the United States on First Amendment issues in child sex abuse cases and child sex abuse statutes of limitations. She writes extensively on child protection issues, and represents child sex abuse victims in select cases involving institution-based abuse, including universities, private schools, and religious organizations.

Edward Stein teaches Family Law; Sexual Orientation; Gender and the Law; Elements of Law; and Reproduction Law and Policy. He is also the Director of the Family Law, Policy, and Bioethics Program. His research interests include legal and philosophical topics related to families, sexual orientation, reproduction, cognition and science. He has written extensively on legal, philosophical, and scientific topics.

Intellectual Property and Information Law

Christopher Buccafusco teaches Copyright, among other courses. His research interests include intellectual property law more broadly, behavioral law and economics, law and psychology, and legal history. Until joining the Cardozo faculty in 2015, he was Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property at ITT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Brett Frischmann teaches Copyright Law, Internet Law, the IPIL Colloquium, Antitrust and IP, and the Technology Policy Seminar. Before joining the Cardozo faculty, Professor Frischmann taught at Loyola University Chicago and practiced at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, DC. Professor Frischmann also clerked for the Honorable Fred I. Parker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

International and Comparative Law

Malvina Halberstam teaches International Law, U.S. Foreign Relations Law, and a course on the Arab-Israeli Conflict, among other courses. She served as a counselor on international law for the US Department of State, Office of the Legal Advisor, and, in addition to her law degree, holds a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Columbia.

Deborah Pearlstein teaches courses in the areas of national security, constitutional law, and international law. She was previously the founding director of the Law and Security Program at Human Rights First and a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Public Law, Regulation and Government Affairs

Michael Herz teaches Administrative Law and Environmental Law, as well as related advanced courses. He is a former Chair of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and a public member of the Administrative Conference of the US. Before joining the Cardozo faculty he was an attorney at the Environmental Defense Fund.

Kate Shaw teaches Legislation and Antitrust, among other courses. Previously she worked in the White House Counsel’s Office as a Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President in the Obama Administration.

Real Estate

David Carlson teaches Mortgages, Bankruptcy, Commercial Law and Property. He is a renowned bankruptcy law scholar.

Stewart Sterk is the H.Bert and Ruth Mack Professor of Real Estate Law, teaches Land Use Regulation and Property (among many other courses) and is editor of the New York Real Estate Law Reporter. He is co-author of leading casebooks on land use and trusts and estates.

Rights and the State

Michelle Adams is the Co-Director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy, teaches Constitutional Law I and II, Federal Courts, Civil Rights, and Race, Law, and Remediation. She began her career in the Civil Appeals and Law Reform Unit of the Legal Aid Society.

Betsy Ginsberg runs the Civil Rights Clinic. She worked previously at the Legal Aid Society’s Prisoners’ Rights Project and at the Prison Law Office in San Quentin, California and is a recipient of a Soros Justice Fellowship and a NAPIL Equal Justice Works Fellowship.

Tax Law

Laura Cunningham teaches Federal Income Taxation, Taxation of Partnerships, and Estate and Gift Taxation. Before joining the Cardozo Faculty, she was a tax attorney at Janin, Morgan & Brenner.

Mitchell Engler teaches Federal Income Taxation, Taxation of Intellectual Property, and Corporate Taxation. Before joining the Cardozo Faculty, he was a tax attorney at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, & Jacobson.

Edward Zelinsky teaches Federal Income Taxation, State and Local Tax, Estate and Gift Taxation, International Taxation, and Corporate Taxation. Before joining the Cardozo Faculty, he was a tax attorney at Bergman, Horowitz, Reynolds, DeSarbo and Mauceri.

 

Professional Concentrations

Business Law

 

Civil Litigation

 

Corporate Compliance and Risk Control

 

Criminal Justice

 

Data Law

 

Dispute Resolution

 

Family and Children’s Law

 

Intellectual Property and Information Law

 

International and Comparative Law

 

Public Law, Regulation, and Government Affairs

 

Real Estate

 

Rights and the State

 

Tax Law