The J.D. program at Cardozo School of Law offers a unique combination of premier legal scholarship and cutting-edge clinical experience. The new legal landscape demands an innovative approach to the law. Cardozo prepares lawyers to be creative problem solvers capable of responding to new business models, increased globalization and technological advances. At Cardozo, bringing law to life means you will be part of an engaged intellectual community led by faculty members who are innovators in their fields. The entrepreneurial spirit of innovation at Cardozo will shape whatever field of law you pursue—whether you become a criminal lawyer, a corporate litigator, a human rights advocate or legal counsel for a new media startup.
Nowhere is this spirit more evident than in the Innocence Project, one of the groundbreaking legal clinics that put Cardozo on the forefront of clinical education. The Innocence Project transformed whole facets of the criminal justice system, pioneering the use of DNA evidence in criminal cases. And that’s only one of Cardozo’s 18 clinics that consistently impact law and lives beyond our campus walls. Other clinics include the Holocaust Restitution Practicum, in which students investigate and pursue claims made by Holocaust survivors, and the Indie Film Clinic, where Cardozo students provide legal services to New York City filmmakers.
At Cardozo you will live and study in the heart of Manhattan, and our program offers hundreds of points of contact with top-tier legal practitioners. From our strong ties to the State Attorney General's office to our field clinics program, where students work in teams with expert lawyers who mentor them in areas ranging from art law to special education law and advocacy, Cardozo students have ample opportunities to connect with legal professionals in and around New York City.
We invite you to join the over 1000 diverse, motivated and astute learners at Cardozo who are gaining the deep theoretical expertise and real-world skills they need to become the leaders of tomorrow.