We enjoyed meeting you today and welcoming you to Cardozo!  For your reference, please click here for a PDF of the Orientation booklet we handed out today.


The first class assignments for Elements of Law, Contracts, and Torts have all been posted on Angel, Cardozo Law's course management system. To access these assignments, please click on the following link: https://cardozo.elearning.yu.edu/default.asp.

The assignments are posted on the public pages of Angel; in other words, you do not need to log-in to the site. Under the heading "Public Information" on the Angel homepage, click on "First Assignments". Click on the folder entitled "January 2014 1L Students - Section H"; it should be the first folder listed. In this folder, you will find separate folders for the above courses.


The Criminal Law assignments will be posted when we receive them.


You will receive your Legal Writing Section and your first class assignment for Legal Writing on Tuesday, January 7th. Please wait until your Legal Writing class meets before purchasing books for the class. Your professor will inform you as to which books you need.


On Tuesday morning, you will learn more about Angel and the other Cardozo computing systems. Also, note that Angel may be accessed from the Cardozo Web site. You can go to www.cardozo.yu.edu and then click on "Information for Students". There you will find a link to Angel.



A few months ago, some of our students instituted a Book Loan Program for students - https://cardozo.yu.edu/news/cardozo-law-book-loan-program-provide-free-books-students-who-need-them.  There are currently enough Elements of Law casebooks to loan to any incoming January student that is interested. Used Elements of Law casebooks will be available, beginning on Monday, January 6.

From the founder of Cardozo Law’s Book Loan Program:
Dear January-Entry Students,

The Cardozo Book Loan Program is an organization that allows students to borrow textbooks and supplements, free of charge, for an entire semester to students in financial need.

Our program currently has over 20 "Elements of Law" textbooks sitting in our library without a user, but we would like to put them to good use. Therefore, The Cardozo Book Loan Program would like to offer each January-Entry student, regardless of their financial background, the opportunity to borrow an "Elements of Law" textbooks, free of charge, until your Elements class is complete.

Because these books will be loaned to students in financial need after you finish using them, we ask that you treat these textbooks with care.

If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please visit the Admissions office on the 11th floor between Monday, January 6th at 12:00pm until Tuesday, January 7th at 5:00pm, to check out a book. An email will be sent several weeks from today explaining where and when these books should be returned.

Please direct any questions to cardozobookloanprogram@gmail.com, or to Gideon Shamir at shamir.gidon@gmail.com.

On behalf of the Cardozo Book Loan Program, we wish you the best of luck on your first semester.

Matthew Kriegsman

Founder and President, Cardozo Book Loan Program



Yesterday, you should have received an email providing you with your Cardozo email address. If you did not receive it, please email lawref@yu.edu and copy Dean Widerka at jwiderka@yu.edu. Please indicate that you are an incoming January 1L and have not yet received your new email address. You can also receive your new Cardozo email address next week during Orientation.



Please click the following link (Jan14_forms.pdf) for additional forms to complete: an emergency contact form; an application rider; student affirmation form; and family information form. If you are able to print out the forms and complete them before Tuesday, please do so. If not, we will have copies available in the Admissions Office next week.


January Orientation will begin Tuesday, January 7th.  Your first law school class, Elements of Law, will also meet that day. All other first-year classes will commence on Thursday, January 9th.

Attendance at Orientation is mandatory. If for some reason you are unable to attend any portion of Orientation programming, please let Dean Widerka know. In addition to regular classes, Orientation activities will continue over the first two weeks of the semester.  You may access the Orientation schedule by clicking here

Please click the following links for the spring 2014 class schedule and the current spring 2014 academic calendar. Please note that the first two weeks of the semester may be slightly different due to Orientation activities.

Our registrar’s office will register you for the appropriate courses prior to the start of the semester.

On the linked schedule, you will note two sections for Lawyering Skills and Legal Writing, H1 and H2. You will be placed in one of these sections, which will meet once a week, at the time indicated below:

Section H1 – Wednesday, 6:00 – 7:15 pm
Section H2  – Friday, 8:35 – 9:50 am

If you would like to request a particular section for either commuting or childcare reasons, please email Dean Widerka at jwiderka@yu.edu by Monday, December 30, 2013. Please include the specific reasons for your request. The subject of your email should read: Legal Writing Section Request.

We will, of course, do our best to honor your request but may not be able to accommodate everyone. Also, keep in mind that your class schedule, including your class meeting for Lawyering Skills and Legal Writing, will change in summer 2014.


Unless otherwise indicated, the forms listed below should be submitted by Friday, January 3, 2014. If you are unable to meet this deadline, please let us know.        

Dean’s Certification Form(s)
We require our incoming students to provide a completed dean’s certification form from each undergraduate and graduate school attended for at least one academic year, full-time.  For your convenience, please click here for a blank form. We will, however, accept your college’s own form. The Dean’s Certification may be completed by any administrative officer at your college that has access to your student record. The administrator does not need to know you personally. You can request that your completed Dean’s form be emailed to us at cardozoadmit@yu.edu or faxed to us at 212.790.0482. You can also have it mailed to the address below.
Official Transcripts  
Please arrange to have an original copy of your final, official transcript sent to us from your undergraduate school  The scanned copy we received with your CAS report will not suffice. Your transcript should state receipt of your undergraduate degree. Therefore, if you are graduating this month, please ensure your bachelor’s degree has posted to your transcript before it is sent.  If you have an advanced degree and wish it to be recorded on your Cardozo transcript, you should arrange for an official copy of your graduate transcript sent along as well.

If your university sends official transcripts electronically, you can request that it be sent to cardozoadmit@yu.edu. Otherwise, original transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

Office of Admissions, Room 1168
Attn: Dean Jeanne Widerka
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003

Immunization Forms
Please click here for forms regarding required immunizations. Students failing to provide appropriate proof of immunization may be prevented from attending classes. Proof of immunization may be sent electronically to cardozoadmit@yu.edu or via fax to 212.790.0482. These can also be mailed to the address above.

Please note the following:

  • If you were born on or after January 1, 1957, you must supply proof that you have received immunizations for measles, mumps and rubella;
  • Acknowledge receipt of meningococcal vaccine within the past 10 years, OR an acknowledgment of disease risks and a signed refusal of immunization is required.


To assist students in avoiding unanticipated medical costs, Cardozo Law School requires all students enrolled in six (6) or more credits per semester to maintain health insurance coverage that meets or exceeds the University’s criteria. More information about the Student Health Insurance Plans can be found at: www.AHPcare.com/Cardozo.  Please also click here to download an informational memo.

Note that in order to make any health insurance selections, including requesting a waiver of health insurance, you will need your Student ID number. You may look up your Student ID number by visiting https://rail.adm.yu.edu/pls/yuprod/yumisweb.getid and entering your last name and Social Security Number.

If you have questions about the Student Health Insurance Plan, you may contact Academic HealthPlans, Inc. at 855-247-2273 or info@ahpcare.com. You may also contact Ashley Kowal, Administrator of Student Services and Advising at akowal@yu.edu.


We have a couple of openings in our residence hall for incoming January students. Due to limited space, however, we strongly encourage you to also seek out alternative housing options. We will do our best to assist you in any way we can.  For more information about Cardozo housing, you may contact our associate director for admissions, Ziva Cohen, at zcohen1@yu.edu.  

If you would like to be put in touch with another incoming January student that might be interested in a roommate, please email Dean Widerka at jwiderka@yu.edu so she can put you in touch with one another. The subject line of your email should read: Roommate for January 2014.


As an incoming January 2014 student, you are eligible to apply for 2 different Scholars Programs:

The Heyman Scholars Program exposes select students to special opportunities to learn about corporate and securities law issues and to interact with professional and academic leaders.  The Heyman Center is the law school’s focal point for the study and research of legal issues related to business, finance and economic policy. The Center focuses on creating unique opportunities for students interested in areas of business law, organizing exclusive programs aimed at giving students direct contact with prominent lawyers, regulators and business people. Any questions should be sent to HeymanCenter@yu.edu.

The Public Service Scholars Program prepares future lawyers for the practice of law in public service through a comprehensive program which offers specialized training and experience in public interest law. Questions regarding the Public Service Scholars Program or the application should be directed to Leslie Thrope, director of the Center for Public Service Law, at thrope@yu.edu.

Please click the following links for the Heyman Scholars application and the Public Service Scholars application. Please follow the application instructions for each specific program. Note that the deadline for submitting applications is Friday, January 3rd.

BOOKLIST (New 12/16)

Listed below are the casebooks that your professors have ordered for your first semester. Your professors may notify you of recommended/supplemental materials:
Elements of Law (Professor Leslie Newman):
Hanks, Herz and Nemerson, Elements of Law (2nd Edition, 2010). (Looseleaf copies are available at the Cardozo bookstore.)

Contracts (Professor Peter Goodrich):
Ayres and Speidel, Studies in Contract Law (8th Edition, West), 9781609301170.
Burton and Eisenberg, Contract Law: Selected Source Materials (2013, West), 9780314288455.
Criminal Law (Professor Jonathan Oberman):
Robinson, Criminal Law: Case Studies and Controversies (3rd Edition, 2012, Wolters Kluwer), 9781454807025.
Torts (Professor Tony Sebok):  
Goldberg, Tort Law: Responsibilities and Redress, Cases and Materials (3rd Edition, Wolters Kluwer), 9781454806882.

Lawyering Skills and Legal Writing:
As mentioned in a previous email, you will be placed in one of two Lawyering Skills and Legal Writing sections.  Legal Writing sections will meet once a week for one hour and twenty minutes.  Please wait until after your first class meeting of Legal Writing before purchasing books for this class. To request a specific legal writing section for commuting reasons, childcare issues, or any other valid concerns, please email Dean Widerka as soon as possible.


The Cardozo bookstore carries all of your required casebooks.  Below are Cardozo’s bookstore hours. The bookstore is located on the second floor, Room 216:

Thursday-Friday, January 2-3: 11 am – 3 pm

Monday, January 6: 11 am – 3 pm
Tuesday, January 7 (First Day of Orientation): 11 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday, January 8: 11 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday, January 9: 11 am – 4:30 pm
Friday, January 10: 11 am – 3 pm


Professor Lynn Wishart, the dean of the Cardozo Law Library,  has provided information that you might find useful. Please click here to download an informational sheet. Questions should be directed to Dean Wishart at lawlib@yu.edu. Please identify yourself as an incoming January student.  Details regarding all of Cardozo's computing systems will be provided at Orientation on Tuesday, January 7th.


Members of the law school’s student government, the Cardozo Student Bar Association (SBA), have created a Facebook group for the incoming Class of 2016 beginning in January. The SBA is elected by, and represents, nearly 1,000 students. We hope that this will help you make friends, get in touch with some current students, and begin to foster community even before joining us on January 7th. You can join the Facebook group by visiting the following link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/246113232207178/.


Monday, December 30, 2013

  • Final date to request placement in particular Legal Writing section

Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Proof of Immunization for Measles, Mumps and Rubella
  • Proof of Immunization for Meningitis or Completed Waiver
  • Completed Dean’s Certification form from all colleges attended full-time for at least one academic year, or if ever subject to any academic probation or disciplinary action at any college or university attended.
  • Original copy of Final, Official Transcript, indicating receipt of undergraduate degree (If you are graduating in December 2013, we will extend this deadline until after your degree has posted to your final transcript. Please notify us of any extensive delays.)
  • Application for Heyman Scholars Program
  • Application for Public Service Scholars

Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Waiver deadline for Student Health Insurance Plan.