In selecting candidates for admission, Cardozo seeks to achieve an intellectually curious student body that aspires to leadership in the legal profession, and reflects diversity of experiences, backgrounds, cultures, beliefs, and ideas. The Admissions Committee renders its decisions based on previous academic success, aptitude for the study of the law, and such other factors as an applicant's character and indications of professional promise.
We are a community of supportive faculty and a close-knit student body, and we strive to recruit students who will thrive at our school and later in their careers. At Cardozo, each application is reviewed carefully and holistically so that we can assemble a diverse and dynamic class of students. We look beyond the numbers to find students who will contribute unique qualities to our Cardozo community.
Applicants for admission must be of good moral character, at least 18 years old, and possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university prior to enrollment. In addition, they must submit Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores and register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Each applicant's undergraduate and graduate transcripts, letters of recommendation, and all other relevant admissions materials are carefully and thoroughly reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Admission requirements conform to the rules of the New York State Court of Appeals and the American Bar Association. Although a broad liberal arts education generally provides a solid foundation for law school, no specific undergraduate course of study is required.