Cardozo’s mission is to teach students to be creative and entrepreneurial lawyers prepared for success in their chosen field. We cultivate a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment. Our location in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, combined with our engaged and widely-published faculty, foster deep connections in the worlds of business, media, fashion, entertainment, criminal justice and public service law. We aim for every Cardozo graduate to demonstrate intellectual vigor and a capacity for deep thinking and effective action in support of a more just society.
Cardozo is a pre-eminent law school that combines legal theory and real-world exposure to empower lawyers as analytic problem-solvers ready for meaningful careers in a changing global society.
Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University is located on lower Fifth Avenue in New York City’s Greenwich Village.
Cardozo School of Law provides an outstanding legal education that encourages and supports creative thinking and effective action in all fields of law. Cardozo is renowned for the creation of the Innocence Project as well as its visionary programs in intellectual property and information law and alternative dispute resolution. Recent innovative programs include the Cardozo Data Law Initiative, the Tech Startup Clinic and the Indie Film Clinic. Cardozo’s FAME Center provides leadership in fashion, arts, media and entertainment law. Cardozo is celebrating 40 years with a focus on foundational values of leadership, innovation, activism and ambition.
The law school offers approximately 1,000 J.D. and LL.M. candidates a comprehensive legal education in the midst of one of the world’s leading cities for law, business, finance, media and culture.
Cardozo offers 12 clinics, as well as field clinics and other practical opportunities for students, providing over 400 field placements for students each year.
Founded in 1976 by Yeshiva University, one of the finest research universities in the United States, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law has a national reputation for a top-caliber faculty and an innovative academic program that includes a wide range of exciting and practical opportunities. The school's faculty members are known for being widely published legal scholars, as well as for being actively engaged in the pursuit of social justice. They invite ongoing dialogue with their students—inside and outside of the classroom. Almost half of the faculty hold advanced degrees in other disciplines, making them particularly qualified to provide a well-rounded and rigorous legal education.
Cardozo is noted for its academic strengths in numerous areas of study, and U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks its Intellectual Property & Information Law Program and Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution among the top programs in the country. The school is also home to the Innocence Project. To date the Innocence Project has helped free over 350 wrongly convicted prisoners.
Cardozo Law seeks inclusion and diversity in all aspects of its educational mission, and welcomes people of all faiths and backgrounds. Yeshiva University is an independent university reflecting the Jewish tradition of helping to heal the world. Cardozo's community welcomes people from all nationalities and religions and students are not required to participate in any faith-related courses. The university's Jewish tradition expresses itself at the law school in the dedication to the ethical practice of law and the pursuit of social justice. Cardozo uses the law to help heal the world. Students from all religions, backgrounds and of all sexual orientations are welcome at Cardozo School of Law. As part of Yeshiva University we serve kosher food at all public events, and the building closes on Friday evening and remains closed on Saturdays in recognition of the Jewish Sabbath.
The Cardozo community is open and personal. The animated debate in its classrooms and hallways is welcoming and respectful of diverse perspectives and backgrounds. And every day, students and faculty recognize the critical role attorneys play in protecting the rights of all people, around the world.
Cardozo Law is approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.
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The law school is also a member of the Association of American Law Schools.