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."
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.”
Cardozo is the birthplace of The Innocence Project, one of the most transformative ideas in legal education. At Cardozo, innovation in the classroom sparks ambition in the world.
Our NYC connections lead to successful careers at large firms, corporations, technology startups, and in real estate, criminal justice, human rights and government organizations.
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
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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.
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.”