The Cardozo student body comes from more than 135 diverse undergraduate institutions. They bring with them a wide cross section of skills, backgrounds and experiences that enhance the life of the school.
Our central location in New York City is an important part of the intellectual vigor and energy of the school. Getting around New York from the crossroads of Greenwich Village and Union Square is a big part of what makes life at 55 Fifth Avenue so much fun. We are in the heart of Manhattan and at the center of the legal world. Our students thrive in the neighborhoods surrounding Cardozo, which are teaming with culture, business, schools, artists, writers, and students from all over the world. Silicon Alley, within walking distance, is an incubator for innovative technology startups. The entire city is at our doorstep, accessible by foot or subway. Students work on Wall Street, in the civil and criminal courts, at major media companies, in city and state government offices, at the United Nations, and at businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the five boroughs. And they find entertainment, excercise, relaxation and fun in the beautiful neighborhoods surrounding the school.
Our alumni play a major role in the Cardozo community. Sponsored alumni talks are common. Many alums offer career support to current students through our mentorship programs. Cardozo students have enormous opportunties for hands-on experience working in the job market in New York. Cardozo's clinics, Field Clinics and externships such as the immigration law externship provide real-world legal experience.
New York City’s museums, sports arenas, clubs, theaters and concert venues play a major role in every Cardozo student's life outside of school. Urban life includes outdoor sights such as the windows of Fifth Avenue, the scenic waterfront, the Highline (a restored elevated railway-turned-public park) and Washington Square Park. Neighborhood cafés and art galleries are too plentiful to list. And then there’s the food—from “Little Tokyo” on St. Mark’s Place, to cozy village gastropubs and bakeries, to Chinatown’s dumpling counters, New York cuisine offers something for every palate.
The heart of Cardozo for students is our 55 Fifth Avenue building. It includes the Kathryn O. and Alan C. Greenberg Center for Student Life, with its spacious lounge and café, and the Dr. Lillian and Dr. Rebecca Chutick Law Library, which boasts an exceptionally comprehensive reference collection, as well as the Jacob Burns Moot Court, where many of the schools major conferences and symposium take place. Just round the corner, down a beautiful tree-lined street lies Cardozo’s residence hall, the Alabama—a newly renovated historic building. Cardozo Law offers a welcoming community, where students and faculty members are committed to fostering a warm and spirited center for intellectual and social engagement.