When is the application deadline?
Applications are accepted beginning in early September. Our application priority deadline is April 1. While we encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, we will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis after April 1.
Do you prefer if I send letters of recommendation directly or through the LSDAS service?
You must submit your letters through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service, included as part of your LSDAS registration. Your letters will be copied and sent to us with your LSDAS report. To use this service, follow the directions for submitting letters outlined on www.LSAC.org.
When do I need to submit the Dean's Certification Form?
If admitted to Cardozo, you will be required to submit Dean's Certification Forms for each undergraduate and graduate institution you attended full-time for at least one year prior to your enrollment at Cardozo.
What are your LSAT and GPA ranges?
Statistics for Cardozo's most recent entering class are available by clicking here.
If I take the LSAT more than once, do you consider the highest or the average score?
It is within the discretion of the Admissions Committee to place heavier emphasis on the higher LSAT score, but all scores will be taken into consideration. If there is a particular reason why you think you performed much better on one of the exams, you should include an explanation with your application.
- An applicant applying to the May 2016 entering class may submit scores earned on or after the June 2011 LSAT administration.
- An applicant applying to the Fall 2016 entering class may submit scores earned on or after the October 2011 LSAT administration.
When is the last acceptable date to take the LSAT?
The latest LSAT accepted for the Fall and May terms is the February administration. We will review applications with a June LSAT score on a seat-available basis.
When may I visit the law school?
Cardozo encourages prospective students to visit the Law School during the academic year. A visit includes observation of a first-year class, a tour of the school, and an informational session with an admissions counselor. You can see our calendar of scheduled tours and class observations for the current month by clicking here. To schedule a visit, please contact the Admissions Office at 212-790-0357 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visits are scheduled Monday through Friday.
I received my degree outside the US. Are there different application procedures?
Applicants with degrees conferred by institutions outside the US, Puerto Rico, or Canada are required to take the Law School Admission Test and must consult with LSAC regarding registration for the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). All foreign transcripts must be submitted through the LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service. If you completed any postsecondary work outside the US (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your foreign transcripts. The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the foreign work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a US or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript. This service is included in the LSDAS subscription fee. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your LSDAS report. Questions about the JD Credential Assembly Service should be directed to LSAC at 215-968-1001.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is not required.
Does Cardozo offer a part-time evening program?
No, Cardozo does not offer an evening program. Our part-time program is a day program and begins in May. It is part time the first year and full time the last two years.
Prospective students may submit a request for an application fee waiver via email to email@example.com.
How do I apply for financial aid?
Students should not wait until they have been admitted to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial aid files for entering students are reviewed when a student has been admitted to the Law School. Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA by April 1 for the May and Fall terms. Application files received after these dates will be reviewed in the order in which they are completed.
Are decisions made on a rolling basis?
In recent years, Cardozo has received thousands of applications from an impressive pool of J.D. applicants. The Admissions Committee generally reviews applications in the order in which they become complete. However, decisions are not necessarily made in the order in which applications are forwarded for review.
During the review process, the Committee not only evaluates the merits of each application individually, but also relative to all other applications in the pool. Some applications may receive a decision fairly quickly; in many cases, however, the Committee’s comparative appraisal of a file is a lengthier process, to allow the Committee to re-review an application and carefully assess a candidate’s strength in comparison to the full applicant pool.
As long as a candidate’s file is completed in a timely manner, her/his application will be thoroughly reviewed and given full and complete consideration. Due to the careful assessment of each individual application, the Admissions Committee is unable to guarantee a decision will be made on an application within a particular time frame.
What are the chances that I will be admitted from the wait list? Are applicants on the wait list ranked? When are applicants admitted from the wait list?
It is impossible to predict an applicant’s chances for admission from the wait list, which is kept for both the classes entering in May and the Fall. Applicants on the wait list are not ranked. The Admissions Committee will review the wait list until the start of classes for the May entering class, and from June through August for the Fall entering class. Applicants may be admitted from the wait list at any time up until the start of classes.
May I defer my admission?
We strongly recommend that applicants apply only during the admissions cycle that they intend to begin their legal studies. If a significant and unexpected change of circumstances prevents an admitted applicant from attending as originally planned, the applicant may request a one- or two-year deferral of admission by emailing our office with a detailed rationale. Deferrals are considered and potentially granted only on a case-by-case basis.
How do I re-apply?
Applicant files are maintained for one year. If you are reapplying within one year of submitting your initial application, you may complete and submit a new application form and fee, and the documents in your previous file will be considered along with any updated documents you submit. If you are applying more than one year after your initial application, then you must submit a new application form and all new application documents.
What criteria are used to make an admission decision?
We are charged with shaping a talented, interesting and diverse class that we feel will contribute to the continued growth of the Cardozo School of Law. In this quest, we complete a holistic review, which allows us to assess the applicant's academic competitiveness as well as to assess the other ways that we feel an applicant will contribute to the Cardozo community.
Cardozo considers a variety of factors when evaluating an application. Some of those factors are prior academic performance, your LSAT score, letters of recommendation and personal statement--both as a writing sample and as a tool to learn more about you. The Committee will also consider graduate work, professional background, internships, research experience, ethnicity and geography. You are also encouraged to include an addendum if there are other factors you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee.