Cardozo's faculty members are dedicated to helping students prepare for legal careers as leaders in their chosen fields. Cardozo's curriculum stresses both theory and practice. Mastering lawyering skills means applying the law to advocate for clients through rigorous analysis and creative problem-solving. Students will graduate from Cardozo with the foundational skills and ethical values upon which they can build highly successful careers.
Coursework and Professional Concentrations
Core first-year requirements teach critical analysis and require close reading so that students learn to think like lawyers.
Upper-level courses enable students to specialize and develop the skills essential to practice. Students may choose to focus on one of 13 professional concentrations. Second- and third-year courses include professional responsibility, advanced legal research, and classes that meet a student's choice of concentration. In addition, students in their second and third years participate in clinics, field clinics and externships.
Professional concentrations help students focus on particular career goals centered in different areas of legal practice. Each optional concentration consists of required courses, electives and suggestions for related clinics, field clinics and skills courses. These paths also provide students ample flexibility to continue to experiment by taking courses outside of their concentration.
A team of faculty advisors oversees each professional concentration. These advisors create and refine course requirements and help students with course selection and other concentration-related issues. Each concentration also has a dedicated alumni advisory team. Alumni advisors help students integrate course selection with practical work experience and clinical exposure. They also provide guidance and mentoring on students’ professional development.
All Professional Concentrations Provide:
- A team of dedicated faculty advisors
- Access to practicing alumni advisors
- Advice on skills-building courses, summer jobs, pro-bono projects and extracurriculars
First-Year Course Requirements
Elements of Law
Constitutional Law I
Lawyering Skills and Legal Writing