In selecting candidates for admission, Cardozo seeks to achieve an intellectually curious student body that aspires to leadership in the legal profession, and reflects diversity of experiences, backgrounds, cultures, beliefs, and ideas. The Admissions Committee renders its decisions based on previous academic success, aptitude for the study of the law, and such other factors as an applicant's character and indications of professional promise.
Admission to Cardozo is highly competitive. In recent years, we have received more than 4,000 applications for the seats in our entering class. The majority of students who gained admission scored at or above the 85th percentile on the LSAT and had an undergraduate GPA of 3.60 or higher. However, in weighing all applications for admission, the Committee will consider a candidate's achievements in light of any economic, social, physical, and/or educational obstacles. As a result, it is impossible to predict an applicant's chances for admission based solely on LSAT scores and grade point averages.
Applicants for admission must be of good moral character, at least 18 years old, and possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university prior to enrollment. In addition, they must submit Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores and register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Each applicant's undergraduate and graduate transcripts, letters of recommendation, and all other relevant admissions materials are carefully and thoroughly reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Admission requirements conform to the rules of the New York State Court of Appeals and the American Bar Association. Although a broad liberal arts education generally provides a solid foundation for law school, no specific undergraduate course of study is required.