The following rates apply to the 2012-2013 academic year:



J.D. and LL.M. Students                      $49,476
(Full-Time: $24,738 per semester)
(Part-Time J.D. May Program: $16,492 per semester)*


Student Fees                                               $570
(Full-Time: $285 per semester)
(Part-Time J.D. May Program: $190 per semester)*

*Part-time J.D. students attend and pay for three consecutive part-time semesters in the first year of law school.

The per credit rate for J.D. students taking less than
7 credits per semester is $2,200.

The per credit rate for LL.M. students taking less than
9 credits per semester is $2,345.


Estimated Cost of Attendance
The estimated student budget allows for a simple graduate student lifestyle. This budget determines the total amount of aid (loans, grants, scholarships and resources) that a student may receive in an academic year.

The following rates are based on a full-time fall/spring living expenses budget for the 2012-2013 academic year:
Room:  $13,000
Board:  $5,700 
Books:  $1,250
Transportation:  $936
Health Insurance:  $1,387
Loan Fees:*  $205
Misc.:  $2,300

Total: $24,778

*Federal Loan Program Fees are included in the budget when applicable

Please Note: The budget for entering students in the "Part-Time J.D. May Program" is based on Summer/Fall/Spring enrollment.  Expense budget total: $30,573.


Items Not Covered In The Student Budget
Federal regulations mandate that a student budget include only expenses directly related to the cost of education.  The following items cannot be included in a student budget:

Consumer Debt
Consumer debt such as monthly credit card payments cannot be included in a student budget.  Students are advised to pay off all consumer debt before coming to law school.    

The cost of a professional wardrobe cannot be included in a student budget.  Students are advised to shop wisely for these items.        


Budget Adjustments
If a student has legitimate educational expenses that requires him/her to exceed the student budget limit, the Office of Student Finance can adjust a budget once the appropriate documentation has been received and reviewed. Students requesting a budget adjustment should contact the Office of Student Finance  for further information.


Financial Aid

Students applying for need-based grant assistance from Cardozo and/or federal loans must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Cardozo's Title IV code number for the FAFSA is listed under Yeshiva University: 002903. You may file the FAFSA as early as January 1 online at

Please note: If you are claimed as a dependent on your parents' tax returns, you must complete the parental information section of the FAFSA or submit a signed copy of the parental tax return in order to be considered for institutional need-based assistance.

Do not wait for acceptance to the Law School to apply for financial assistance. Students submitting forms that arrive in the Office of Student Finance later than the appropriate deadline date risk being considered for financial aid after those who submit all required documents on time.

Cardozo's Office of Student Finance reviews financial aid applications and notifies admitted students of their need-based award eligibility on a rolling basis.

We strongly recommend that you submit your FAFSA no later than:

April 1 for Fall or May entry (2013-2014 FAFSA form)
December 1 for January entry (2012-2013 FAFSA form)


Contact the Office of Admissions

If you have any questions, would like to visit Cardozo, or need any help with the admission process, please contact us by phone (212.790.0274) or by e-mail (