Cardozo School of Law in New York City
Bringing Law To Life
Who We Are
A History of Criminal Justice Reform, and a Call to Action
"We must use our power as lawyers to speak up when others are silenced. We must raise our voices in defense of those who are victimized by racism, anti-Semitism and prejudice of any kind,"
Dean Melanie Leslie
Our Commitment To Diversity and Inclusion
At Cardozo we believe that inclusion is a cornerstone of legal education and that diversity advances the entire legal system.
Faculty with Impact
Human Rights professor Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum created 10 new curricular modules for classrooms on how the law perpetrates structural discrimination—and how the law can be used to break it down.
“The goal is to confront the law’s—and lawyer’s—role in perpetuating structural discrimination and violence against identity groups in the U.S. We decided to create open-access guides that are easy to use and adapt across disciplines to aid law professors across the country, helping students grapple with these big issues.”
Creative Lawyers for Creative Businesses
Our Intellectual Property Program is ranked No. 13 in the country and No. 2 in NYC by U.S. News & World Report. The FAME Center for fashion, art, media and entertainment law teaches brand protection. The Tech Startup Clinic and The Indie Film Clinic provide unique opportunities for students to represent clients. The Blockchain Project and the Data Law Initiative are leaders at the intersection of law and technology. The Cardozo/Google Patent Diversity Project expands patent protections for women and entrepreneurs of color.
At right: Alumna Sheryl Gold '89 is the senior vice president, Business & Legal Affairs at Universal Music Group.
Our Areas of Study
Learn more about our top-ranked programs, including coursework, clinics, externships and events.
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Our Global Alumni Network
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Alumni Across the Globe
How Has Learning During The Pandemic Changed At Cardozo?
We recently interviewed J.D. and LL.M. students about their experiences with online learning during the pandemic. Here is what they said.
Cardozo Law Receives Top Grades from preLaw Magazine Fall 2020
Alternative Dispute Resolution
I call on the Cardozo community to stand as one to condemn racism and reaffirm our commitment to the paramount value of equality under the law for all. At Cardozo, we are proud of our past leadership on social justice issues; freeing the wrongly incarcerated, advocating for reforms of the criminal justice and immigration systems, and using the lessons learned from the Holocaust to protect and advocate for victims of genocide. We have so much more work to do.
COVID-19 Information and Resources
The University is following guidance from the CDC, New York State and New York City. We will continue to communicate transparently with you every step of the way.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Canada Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella Visit Cardozo
“Most people think that the law is black and white. The first thing you realize is that it’s not,” Justice Sotomayor said, addressing Cardozo Law students at a visit to the school. “The law is not moral justice. Every case that comes before us has a winner and a loser. I try to remember that.”