Cardozo School of Law provides an outstanding legal education that encourages and supports creative thinking and effective action in all fields of law. One of the finest research universities in the United States, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law has a national reputation for a top-caliber faculty and an innovative academic program that includes a wide range of exciting and practical opportunities. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University is located on lower Fifth Avenue in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Cardozo’s faculty is known for being widely-published legal scholars, most of whom have also practiced law. There are certain qualities that set Cardozo apart and give it a unique character. Among them are flexibility and the desire and drive not to be complacent, but to constantly improve for the benefit of students and society—all with New York as a back drop. Cardozo’s special, nationally known programs—the Innocence Project, Intellectual Property and Information Law Program, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Holocaust Claims Restitution— Clinic-combine intellectual excellence and a visionary edge are helping to shape the legal landscape.
Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program
The school offers a traditional law school program of study consisting of 84 academic credits earned over three years. The first-year program consists of 30 credits, all in required courses. Second- and third-year courses are largely elective. Supplemented by numerous experiential programs, including internships, externships and clinics, as well as opportunities to work on six student-run journals and the Moot Court Honor Society, the academic program provides numerous pathways to the J.D. degree—all designed to prepare students for roles as tomorrow’s top legal scholars and practitioners.
Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program
Cardozo’s four LL.M. programs are designed to meet the interests and professional goals of students seeking an advanced law degree. Our programs in Comparative Legal Thought, Dispute Resolution and Advocacy, General Studies, and Intellectual Property offer students access to outstanding faculty, a flexible curriculum and challenging courses. Special programs for students holding law degrees from an international institution ensure that they are prepared for the American legal world. Each year, approximately 75 students enter Cardozo seeking an LL.M. degree. They come from across the United States and around the world to join the law school’s 1,100 J.D. candidates as part of the Cardozo community. LL.M. candidates may begin in the fall or spring semester and can study full or part time either way, they participate in a curriculum that offers both theoretical and practical components designed to support a broad legal education and to lead to career advancement.
The J.S.D. (Doctor of the Science of Law)
This 3-year research-based program requires the production of a substantial piece of writing of publishable quality which makes a significant and original contribution to legal scholarship. J.S.D. candidates will work under the supervision of a faculty committee which includes at least one Cardozo faculty member, in the candidate’s field of interest. Candidates for the J.S.D. program must spend a minimum of the first two semesters in residence at the Cardozo School of Law. While in residence, candidates are required to attend a one-credit J.S.D. colloquium, taught by Cardozo School of Law faculty, which will allow for joint review and discussion of student research; teach a basic set of common research techniques; maintain a sense of connection to the School and to one another. Finally, candidates must complete 6 additional credits of coursework in consultation with the faculty supervisor.
Cardozo is the birthplace of the Innocence Project and a leader in clinical innovation. With twelve clinics to choose from, foundational classroom theory springs to life through hands-on experience. Students work under direct supervision of fulltime faculty with specialties in each area of law.
Transactional clinics include the Independent Film Clinic and the Tech Start up Clinic, which build on Cardozo’s leadership in intellectual property and entertainment law. Students apply and are selected by the director of the clinic for what many describe as a transformative experience.
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Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Yeshiva University, Brookdale Campus
55 Fifth Avenue (at 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003