We are delighted that you are thinking of applying to Cardozo School of Law!  Through our flexible entry programs, J.D. degree candidates may seek admission in either the fall, January, or May.

Still deciding about law school? Are you curious to see what sort of education you would receive at Cardozo? Visit our Student Life section for perspectives from current students and to contact student clubs or journals directly. Our online video section contains many stories with faculty discussing issues in the law, their work, and their thoughts on teaching Cardozo students. Above all, we recommend you consider visiting the school to see the Cardozo difference.


Application Procedures and Fee

Please note that an applicant may only submit one application per academic year--i.e., an applicant may not submit an application for both January and Fall 2015 terms.

A student seeking admission to the J.D. program in the Fall, January or May must complete the following:
 

1. Application and Fee

Applicants should submit their completed applications and all materials through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) online application service. Through LSAC, you may complete and submit your application and nonrefundable $75 application fee (via credit card) electronically.

We strongly encourage you to submit all materials electronically. Paper materials and updates will require additional processing by our staff and will delay the review of your application by our Committee. If a disability prevents you from completing the application electronically, please contact the Admissions Office at 212.790.0357 or lawinfo@yu.edu.  

Applicants may submit a request to waive the $75 application fee due to financial hardship. Cardozo will automatically waive the application fee for applicants who have been granted fee waivers through LSAC. Alternatively, you should provide proof of need by sending a letter from your college's financial aid office, or a copy of your most recent income tax return, directly to the Office of Admissions.

2. Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

To register for and get information about the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), please contact:

Law School Admission Council
PO Box 2000
Newtown, PA 18940
Telephone: 215.968.1001
Web site: www.LSAC.org

An LSAT score is considered valid by the Admissions Committee for no longer than five years from the date of projected enrollment in law school.

3. LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS)

Register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service at least eight weeks before the Cardozo Law application deadline. A transcript from each college or university attended should be sent directly to the Credential Assembly Service, not to Cardozo. The LSAC Credential Assembly Service will analyze and duplicate the transcript and send a copy along with the LSAT score to Cardozo. If accepted, the applicant will be asked to submit directly to Cardozo an original copy of your final official transcript showing the receipt of a bachelor's degree. Credential Assembly Service registration forms may be obtained from the Law School Admission Council.

4. Two Letters of Recommendation
We require the submission of two letters of recommendation; at least one should be from a professor unless you have been out of school for more than five years. You must submit your letters through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service, included as part of your Credential Assembly Service registration. Your letters will be copied and sent to us with your Credential Assembly Service report. To use this service, follow the directions for submitting letters outlined on www.LSAC.org.

5. Personal Statement
A written statement of no more than two typed pages, double-spaced, is required. The statement should inform the Admissions Committee of any factors the applicant deems relevant to the admissions decision.

6. Résumé (optional)
We recommend that you submit a copy of your résumé via an electronic attachment.

We strongly encourage you to submit all materials electronically. Paper materials and updates will require additional processing by our staff and will delay the review of your application by our Committee. If a disability prevents you from completing the application electronically, please contact the Admissions Office at 212.790.0357 or lawinfo@yu.edu.

Documents that you are unable to submit electronically should be sent to:

Office of Admissions
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Yeshiva University
55 Fifth Avenue
Room 1168, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10003-4391

All application materials become the property of Cardozo Law and cannot be returned to the applicant.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications are accepted beginning in early September.  We encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

An applicant may only submit one application per academic year (i.e., an applicant may not submit an application for both January 2015 and Fall 2015 terms).

APPLICATION STATUS AND INQUIRIES

Applicants can monitor the status of their application electronically through the online status checker found on our Web site at www.cardozo.yu.edu/Admissions.

In order to receive updates regarding your application status, it is important that you provide us with a valid e-mail address. The Admissions Office will notify you via e-mail when we have received your application and again when your application has been marked complete. We will also attempt to notify applicants of missing application materials; however, it is an applicant's responsibility to ensure that all application materials are received in a timely manner and prior to our application deadlines.

If you wish to contact the Admissions Office regarding the status of your application, please send an e-mail to lawinfo@yu.edu; we are unable to provide information regarding the status of applications and supporting materials by telephone. Please take note of the high volume of materials received from applicants and allow time for submitted materials to arrive and be processed by our staff. We will respond to all questions and requests as soon as possible, but please note that the volume of application materials and inquiries may prevent us from immediately confirming that a particular item has been received.

DECISIONS

Applications are considered complete and submitted to the Admissions Committee for review only when all supporting documents, including letters of recommendation, are received.

In recent years, Cardozo has received thousands of applications from an impressive pool of J.D. applicants. The Admissions Committee generally reviews applications in the order in which they become complete. However, decisions are not necessarily made in the order in which applications are forwarded for review.

During the review process, the Committee not only evaluates the merits of each application individually, but also relative to all other applications in the pool. Some applications may receive a decision fairly quickly; in many cases, however, the Committee's comparative appraisal of a file is a lengthier process to allow the Committee to re-review an application and carefully assess a candidate's strength in comparison to the full applicant pool.

As long as a candidate's file is completed in a timely manner, her/his application will be thoroughly reviewed and given full and complete consideration. Due to the careful assessment of each individual application, the Admissions Committee is unable to guarantee that a decision will be made on an application within a particular time frame.

Applicants may be admitted to Cardozo, offered a place on our wait-list, or denied admission. Offers of admission are sent to applicants via regular U.S. mail. All other decisions are sent via e-mail; therefore, it is critically important that you provide us with a valid e-mail address that you check regularly.

TRANSFER AND VISITING STUDENTS

Application instructions for transfer and visiting students are available here.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Visiting Cardozo

We encourage and welcome prospective students to visit Cardozo throughout the year whenever it is most convenient for you. A campus visit may include a tour of the law school, observation of a first-year class, a chance to speak with some of our current students, and an informational session with an admissions counselor.

To schedule a visit, please call or e-mail us prior to your arrival at 212.790.0274 or lawinfo@yu.edu.

Interviews

The number of applicants to Cardozo prevents us from scheduling evaluative interviews. However, we welcome prospective students to visit Cardozo throughout the year, and you may meet with an admissions counselor during your visit. Please note that the conversation with an admissions counselor will be informational only. In certain circumstances, the Admissions Committee may invite a candidate for an interview, but applicants may not request to be interviewed by the Committee.

Character and Fitness

Candidates for admission to the bar must apply to the state bar Character and Fitness Committee. This will involve an extensive application with detailed questions relating to your work, educational, and personal history. You should review the bar application for the state(s) in which you wish to practice so that you may determine that state's particular requirements.

Foreign-Educated Applicants

Applicants with degrees conferred by institutions outside the United States, Puerto Rico, or Canada are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and must consult with LSAC regarding registration for the Credential Assembly Service.

Cardozo does not require results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

All international transcripts must be submitted through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service. If you have completed any postsecondary work outside the U.S. (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your international transcripts. The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the international work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home institution's transcript. This service is included in the Credential Assembly Service registration fee. An international credential evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your Credential Assembly Service report.

To use the Credential Assembly Service, log in to your online LSAC account and follow the instructions for registering for the service. Be sure to print out a Transcript Request Form for each institution and send it promptly to them. More time is usually required to receive international transcripts.

Questions about the Credential Assembly Service should be directed to LSAC at either 215.968.1001 or LSACinfo@LSAC.org.

Financial Aid

Students applying for need-based grant assistance from Cardozo and/or federal loans must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Cardozo's Title IV code number for the FAFSA is listed under Yeshiva University: 002903. You may file the FAFSA as early as January 1 online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Please note: If you are claimed as a dependent on your parents' tax returns, you must complete the parental information section of the FAFSA or submit a signed copy of the parental tax return in order to be considered for institutional need-based assistance.

Do not wait for acceptance to the Law School to apply for financial assistance. Students submitting forms that arrive in the Office of Student Finance later than the appropriate deadline date risk being considered for financial aid after those who submit all required documents on time.

Cardozo's Office of Student Finance reviews financial aid applications and notifies admitted students of their need-based award eligibility on a rolling basis.

We strongly recommend that you submit your FAFSA no later than:

April 1 for Fall or May entry (2015-2016 FAFSA form);
December 1 for January entry (2014-2015 FAFSA form).

Contact the Office of Admissions

If you have any questions, would like to visit Cardozo, or need any help with the admission process, please contact us by phone (212.790.0274) or by e-mail (lawinfo@yu.edu).