• Addressing the School-to-Prison Pipeline

    Real World Impact
    The Youth Justice Clinic addresses the school-to-prison pipeline, and the incarceration of youthful offenders at Riker's Island.
  • Making a difference in people's lives
    "Clinics teach students the joy of using their hard-earned legal skills to help others and to make a difference in the world." Toby Golick, Director, Clinical Legal Education
  • Prof. Peter Markowitz on NYC Detention and Deportation

    Faculty dedicated to social justice
    The Immigration Justice Clinic has been instrumental in challenging local and national policies on behalf of immigrants.
  • Cardozo Law Defense Clinic Helps Occupy Wall Street Protesters

    Students defending clients in court
    The Criminal Defense Clinic has been involved in defending over 25 Occupy Wall Street protesters.

Cardozo's clinics build teamwork and provide practical skills in courts, legal negotiations and business transactions. Combined with our strong foundational courses, they nurture the creative legal thinking that is the hallmark of great lawyers.

Are you ready to bring law to life? Cardozo Law is a pioneer in real-world learning, blending legal theory with hands-on experience. Our clinics allow students to gain practical lawyering skills while transforming lives in the pursuit of justice. 

The Innocence Project was founded here, allowing generations of Cardozo students to help overturn wrongful convictions through DNA evidence. The Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic represents clients and has successfully fought to change immigration policy in New York City. Other clinics represent elderly and disabled clients in civil cases, advocate claimants in cases referred by the New York Stock Market, and represent New York City indie film makers.

Our partnerships with businesses, government agencies and public institutions put you at the center of New York's legal world. Field Clinics allow students to work in small groups with supervising attorneys at law offices around the city. Externships provide 250 students each year with work throughout New York City, under the supervision of leaders in their fields. Rigorous hands-on experience and powerful connections will give you a real-world edge.

The Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP) and Intensive Mediation Advocacy Program (IMAP) are examples of simulation programs designed to force students out of their comfort zone. ITAP, one of the premier programs of its kind in the country, is a two-week boot camp for aspiring trial lawyers. IMAP is a pioneer program that teaches students to mediate and negotiate settlements. 

Moot court competitions give students the opportunity to test their oral advocacy and legal writing skills.

The Lawyering and Legal Writing Program lets students work in a small law office environment. Students analyze and write persuasively in real-life contexts, integrating doctrinal learning and analysis to create actionable letters and legal briefs.