The J.D. program at Cardozo School of Law offers a rigorous and innovative legal education with one of the most vibrant field placement programs in the country. Cardozo is creative, entrepreneurial and innovative in spirit.The school has a strong reputation within the New York legal community for offering programs that thoroughly educate students in a wide variety of legal fields. Located in the heart of Manhattan's legal community, Cardozo offers connections that give students direct exposure to practice and lawyers practicing at the highest levels in their fields.
We invite you to apply to Cardozo School of Law in New York City. There is no fee when you apply.
Creative Lawyers for Creative Industries
Our program in Intellectual Property and Information Law is one of the best in the country, with offerings including the Cardozo Data Law Initiative; the Cardozo/Google Patent Diversity Project; The Indie Film Clinic; the Tech Startup Clinic; and the FAME Center for fashion, art, media and entertainment law. Criminal law offerings include the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program and the Innocence Project. We are a leader in dispute mediation. Our human-rights program includes the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights and the Atrocity Prevention Clinic. Clinics and internships in Manhattan span from the United Nations to Wall Street, the D.A.'s office to the courts, and from giant media, fashion and entertainment companies to tech startups. You'll find your world within our community.
Bringing Law to Life
A law degree from Cardozo gives you an edge in a range of fields. Our 14,000 alumni work throughout the United States and internationally. Our faculty are leaders in their fields who are dedicated to their students. Our administrators care deeply about your experience and your unique path to success. We are proud of our students, and we are continuously building on Cardozo's successes to enhance our community.
Meet our Student Ambassadors
Dylan Bolduc '20
Undergraduate Major: Psychology
Undergraduate College: Vassar College
Hometown: Waterville, ME
Extracurriculars and Experience: Co-Editor in Chief of the Moot Court Honor Society, Innocence Project Clinic, summer associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
Why did you choose to attend Cardozo? I chose Cardozo for a few reasons. The first being the Innocence Project clinic. Spending a year in that clinic was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I also chose Cardozo because I knew I wanted to be in NYC but have a close-knit law school environment.
What do you like most about Cardozo? The people. Everyone at Cardozo, from the faculty, students, staff, and administrators go out of their way to support you and make you feel welcome. I love that the student body is outgoing and supportive of one another -- you don't find the law school competitiveness here. I also love how accessible faculty are. Coming from a small liberal arts college, I wanted a law school where faculty were approachable and available and I have certainly found that at Cardozo.
What are your career goals? After graduation, I will be an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, and Jacobson hopefully working in litigation with a focus in white collar defense.
Lindsey Fleischman '20
Undergraduate Major: Finance; Business Law & Ethics
Undergraduate College: Indiana University
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
Extracurriculars and Experience: Intellectual Property Law Society, President; International Comparative, Policy & Ethics Law Review, Symposia Editor 2019-2020; International Comparative, Policy & Ethics Law Review, Staff Editor 2018-2019; Tech Start-up Clinic, Spring 2020 participant; Ladas & Parry LLP, Fall 2019 Externship, Romano Law PLLC, Spring 2019 Externship & Summer 2019 Law Clerk; Sisun Law, Fall 2018 Externship; IBM, IP intern Summer 2018-present
Why did you choose to attend Cardozo? I chose to attend Cardozo because the intellectual property at Cardozo is one of the best in the country. I also liked the different IP classes and opportunities (externships, internships, tech startup clinic, etc) that were offered.
What do you like most about Cardozo? I like that Cardozo keeps up with the trends and creates classes to be ahead of other law school programs. They have added several different IP classes since I have started school and even created a privacy law concentration.
What are your career goals? I am aspiring to be an intellectual property lawyer.
Eric Harvey '20
Undergraduate Major: Government and Politics
Undergraduate College: University of Maryland
Hometown: Columbia, Maryland
Extracurriculars and Experience: Associate Editor on the Arts and Entertainment Law Journal, OUTLaw, Innocence Project, Student Bar Association, FDIC Law Clerk
Why did you choose to attend Cardozo? I chose Cardozo because of its many clinical programs, location, and strong academic reputation.
What do you like most about Cardozo? The professors and faculty are extremely helpful and are there to make sure everyone succeeds.
What are your career goals? Corporate law
Morgan Helfman '21
Undergraduate Major: Political Science and Sociology
Undergraduate College: Northeastern University
Hometown: Moorestown, NJ
Extracurriculars and Experience: Student Bar Association (Secretary); Immigration Justice Clinic (Clinical Student); International Comparative, Policy & Ethics Law Review (Staff Editor); Legal Momentum (Summer Intern); Women's Law Initiative (President)
Why did you choose to attend Cardozo? I wanted to be in New York City at a school that had a passion for public service.
What do you like most about Cardozo? The faculty are not only well known in their fields, but they take the time to care about their students and their success.
What are your career goals? I want to work to protect women's rights!
Cecilia (Lia) Kim '20
Undergraduate Major: Business Administration
Undergraduate College: Boston University
Hometown: New York City
Extracurriculars and Experience: APALSA (President); International Comparative Policy & Ethics Law Review (Managing Editor); Asian American Bar Association of New York (Co-Chair of Student Outreach Committee); Securities Arbitration Clinic ('19-'20 Legal Intern); Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Intern (Summer 2018); Jefferies Legal & Compliance Extern (Summer 2018); Securities and Exchange Commission (Legal Honors Intern Fall 2018)
Why did you choose to attend Cardozo? The community, opportunities, and clinic experiences.
What do you like most about Cardozo? The community and faculty.
What are your career goals? Securities Attorney
Anastasia Noll '21
Undergraduate Major: Political Science/Legal Studies
Undergraduate College: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Hometown: Saint Louis, Missouri
Extracurriculars and Experience: Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, Cardozo Mentor, Law Department Juvenile Deliquency Clinic, Intraschool Negotiation Competition
Why did you choose to attend Cardozo? Cardozo is located in NYC which is the center of everything - the best city in the world to get a legal degree!
What do you like most about Cardozo? Everyone is supportive and works together. The community and faculty are amazing.
What are your career goals? The District Attorney's office.
Connect with Cardozo's Student Ambassadors
Our current Student Ambassadors have volunteered to share their law school experience with prospective students. If you are interested in hearing more about Cardozo’s community, student life, academic programs, or about life in New York City, we invite you to be in touch.
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As an alumna, professor, and now dean, I am proud of Cardozo’s intellectual vigor, creative and entrepreneurial energy, and deep connections to the New York City legal community. There is a unique Cardozo spirit that permeates all aspects of the legal education we offer. I invite you to come for a visit.
Meet Your First Year Faculty
Professor Michelle Adams
Professor Michelle Adams is the Co-Director, Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy. She teaches Constitutional Law and was recently published in the New Yorker Magazine and on NPR discussing housing discrimination.
Professor Christopher Buccafusco
Professor Christopher Buccafusco is the Director of The Intellectual Property and Information Law Program and is the head of Cardozo's IP Program. He was recently featured in Rolling Stone Magazine on "Why All Your Favorite Songs are Being Sued".
Professor Myriam Gilles
Professor Myriam Gilles is an expert on class actions and aggregate litigation. She has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on forced arbitration clauses that strip individuals of the right to sue. She is the 5th most cited legal scholar in the country in the area of civil litigation. She was Cardozo's Vice Dean from 2016 to 2018.
Professor Alexander Reinert
Professor Alex Reinert is the Director of the Center for Rights and Justice. He teaches Constitutional Law and was part of the legal team that successfully fought to end solitary confinement in New York State Prisons. He is currently part of an ACLU suit against the federal government for the separation of immigrant children from their parents.
Professor Jessica Roth
Professor Jessica Roth is the Director of the Jacob Burns Center for Ethics in the Law. She teaches Criminal Law and and has been a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC and elsewhere in the news on the Mueller investigation and the Impeachment Inquiry. She is a former prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of New York.
Professor Sam Weinstein
Professor Weinstein is the Co-Director, Heyman Center on Corporate Law and Governance. He began his career as a litigator at Munger, Tolles & Olson in San Francisco, after serving as a law clerk to Judge Edward R. Becker of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Haverford College, and received both his J.D (Order of the Coif) and Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley. His research interests include antitrust, financial regulation, corporate law, and the history of the regulatory state.
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My three years at Cardozo taught me how to think creatively about complex issues and to be comfortable with the unknown. The learning curve as a new associate is very steep, so I think back to these lessons often and am so grateful for my experience at Cardozo.
Meet the Class of 2022
Undergraduate Major: Political science with a minor in business administration
Areas of Interest: "As it stands I’m very interested in intellectual property law, but I am open to new things and just happy to learn."
Extracurriculars: "I am currently my class’s SBA senator, but I look forward to getting involved with the IP Law Society and Black Law Students Association."
Hobbies: Producing music, DJing and watching Lakers basketball.
Undergraduate Major: B.S. in biochemistry and M.S. in forensic biology
Areas of Interest: Criminal law
Extracurriculars: "I am a Public Service Scholar and also hope to get involved in the Suspension Representation Project and Criminal Law Society. Eventually, I would love to be part of The Innocence Project clinic and/or Criminal Defense Clinic."
Hobbies: "I have only lived in NYC for a year, and I love to explore new neighborhoods and check out new restaurants. I also enjoy running and indulging in anything true crime -- books, TV, podcasts -- when I need a break from my books."
Undergraduate Major: Double major in dance and political science
Areas of Interest: Alternative dispute resolution and corporate compliance law
Extracurriculars: "I would like to get involved in The Innocence Project, the Mediation Clinic, and the International Law club."
Hobbies: Jogging in Prospect Park, reading social-justice books, taking contemporary dance classes, and directing a project-based company, MATHETA Dance, that performs around the city.
Undergraduate Major: Biomedical engineering
Areas of Interest: Patent law
Extracurriculars: "I am hoping to get involved with the Tech Startup Clinic and the Intellectual Property Law Society."
Hobbies: Running, watching movies and reading comic books.
Undergraduate Major: English
Areas of Interest: Criminal law
Extracurriculars: "I'm hoping to get involved in the Courtroom Advocates Project."
Hobbies: "Outside of school, I love seeing plays and concerts and generally exploring all that NYC has to offer."
Undergraduate Major: Mechanical engineering
Areas of Interest: "I am interested in studying business law and IP law and hope to find a specific field where the two intersect."
Extracurriculars: "I'm really hoping to get involved in the Business Law Society and the Startup Society."
Hobbies: Fantasy football, going to the gym, reading nonfiction books and shuffleboard.
How Has Learning During the Pandemic Changed at Cardozo?
Nigel Pura Bryant '22
"The school’s transition seemed very seamless especially relative to other industries. We immediately addressed the outbreak putting the health concerns of our students and faculty first. The faculty also sought student input. I personally got to sit in on meetings with the education policy committee and I personally saw that student voices were taken seriously, and our input mattered. The faculty made these considerations when they wanted to make decisions. This new virtual world required a new adjustment, but Cardozo made this very easy. I don’t feel like I lost anything from this experience. I gained a little bit more—I developed more personal relationships with my professors. Before, I used to commute from Brooklyn and had to map out and plan my travel. Now I can wake up, roll out of bed, and have coffee with my professors."
Geena Caporale '21
“Cardozo has really done a great job of immediately transitioning to the virtual space after the pandemic started back in March. A lot of professors reached out with their cell phone numbers. I even had one professor give me his house phone number because he doesn’t use his cell phone too often. I’m an Alexander Fellow this semester, and I work full-time in chambers with a judge in the Southern District of New York. This program started remotely and my judge was always in contact with me, making sure I understood my assignments and has been a true resource to me.”
Victoria Lowe '22
"The transition to online learning has been quite smooth for me. I’m a mother and I travel about an hour to get to Cardozo so I have to take my studies home with my family. What I've been grateful for is that Cardozo has given me so much support. My professors have been open. I can email them and set up an appointment at any time. I recently was on a call with my Trademark Law professor and I was trying to speak quickly, and he said "slow down I have time.' During such a challenging time, the professors are continuously making time for us and making sure that we’re learning the material and really investing in our futures as we continue on this journey into the legal profession."
Andrew Windsor '21
"Our students, faculty, and administration have worked together for the last nine months to prepare for remote learning. As president of the student government at Cardozo, I’ve worked hand-in-hand with the administration to make sure our students are ready. The administration is always seeking student feedback to make sure that our professors are well-prepared and can improve upon the experiences at Cardozo. And professors take that feedback and put it right back into the lessons and make sure that when we’re in the class on Zoom, we understand what’s going on and that we’re really prepared."