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.
How Has Learning During the Pandemic Changed at Cardozo?
Cardozo students, faculty, and staff rapidly adjusted to a changed landscape when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived. Cardozo rose to the challenges of the pandemic with enhanced classroom technology and expanded virtual opportunities to connect with faculty members. Our students and faculty have demonstrated resilience and flexibility. We recently interviewed J.D. and LL.M. students about their experiences with online learning during the pandemic. Here is what they said.
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 Filmmakers Legal 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
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!
Grayson Moronta '22
Undergraduate Major: Political Science
Undergraduate College: Florida Atlantic University
Hometown: New York, NY
Extracurriculars and Experience: Staff Editor, Cardozo Law Review; Academic Chair, BLSA; Secretary-General, MLSA; Events Coordinator, Labor & Employment Law Society; Legal Extern, New York City Law Department Labor & Employment Division; Business & Legal Affairs Intern, ViacomCBS. Prior to law school, I worked as a business immigration paralegal at a small law firm in New York City.
Why did you choose to attend Cardozo? I chose Cardozo because, during my initial tour, I enjoyed the welcoming and collaborative environment driven by the kind nature of the staff and student body. All of the students and professors that I met were eager and open to answering any of the endless questions that I had prepared. Some law schools give a competitive and "cut-throat" vibe, but I didn't get that at all when speaking with students (I was right about this - everyone here has been so delightful and so helpful). Also, being right in the middle of New York City is incomparable.
What do you like most about Cardozo? The relationships that I have fostered and developed. I enjoy being surrounded by such genuine, talented, and intelligent peers.
What are your career goals? My goal is to join a law firm after graduation where I will be practicing Employment Law and Litigation.
Sasha Rubman ‘21
Undergraduate Major: Political Science
Undergraduate College: Lehigh University
Hometown: New York, NY
Extracurriculars and Experience: Senior Staff Editor, Moot Court Honor Society; President, OUTlaw LGBTQ+ Law Student Association; Former Treasurer, Student Bar Association; Clinical Student, Innocence Project; Cardozo Student Admissions Assistant; Summer Associate, Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP.
Why did you choose to attend Cardozo? I chose Cardozo Law because of the incredible clinical programs, the opportunity to learn from brilliant professors, and the chance to study in the heart of Manhattan.
What do you like most about Cardozo? I love that the opportunities at Cardozo Law are readily available to every student. Through the courses that I chose, the clinic in which I participated, the student organizations in which I worked, and the professors and students that I met, I developed a well-rounded passion and appreciation for the law.
What are your career goals? After graduation, I will be working for Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP.
Daniel Chavez '21
Undergraduate Major: Political Science
Undergraduate College: Northwestern University
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Extracurriculars and Experience: Social Chair and Former Vice President, OUTlaw; Senior Editor, Moot Court Honor Society; Clinical Student, Office of the State Attorney General.
Why did you choose to attend Cardozo? I chose to attend Cardozo because of its wide range of clinical programs and its connections to the public service sector.
What do you like most about Cardozo? I have truly enjoyed the administration's dedication to its students. I have felt that staff, faculty, and the administration throughout the building work for us as students, I have always felt supported, and able to voice any concerns I may have. The administration aside, I am also grateful for the communities that exist on campus, through student organizations or classes, there is certainly a community for all.
What are your career goals? I would like to work in Appellate Civil Litigation, research and writing appellate briefs, and advocating for my clients.
Lexy Merlot Ginsberg ‘22
Undergraduate Major: Psychology
Undergraduate College: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Hometown: Chappaqua, NY
Extracurriculars and Experience: Cardozo Mentors; Student Bar Association (Student Trustee); Mediation Clinic; Mediation Office of New York Supreme Court; Finalist, NYSBA & Hofstra Legal Innovation Tournament
Why did you choose to attend Cardozo? I chose Cardozo because of its amazing May program. The May program is such a gift; while you might be spending your summer in school instead of in the sun, you gain a close-knit class, an intimate learning environment, and a much better 1L experience. While 1L will still be stressful, the May program allows you to soak in every moment of your classes and have time to join some clubs.
What do you like most about Cardozo? I love the people; Cardozo truly is a family. The students have the brightest, friendliest, most innovative, diverse, and unique minds. I am proud to say I have made the best friends, especially in my May program. Further, the professors are brilliant and want their students to achieve greatness. Professors always make time for students.
Cardozo offers so many unique and memorable experiences. In my 1L year, I attended the Dean's Lunch with Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Rosalie Abella as the honored guests. This experience was just one of the many amazing events I have been lucky to attend as a Cardozo student. I have loved every minute of my time, in-person and virtual!
What are your career goals? I want to be a transactional 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.
To be connected with an ambassador, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and specify if you would like to be contacted by a specific ambassador.
2021 Gates Ambassadors
The Gates Scholars Program is designed to support students from underrepresented backgrounds throughout their law school years, by building a robust community providing, support, mentorship, events and more. Our Gates Ambassadors support the program’s mission by connecting with prospective Gates Scholars and collaborating with the Administration in the design and implementation of the Gates Scholars Program.
Matthew Cannon, 2L
Undergraduate School: Loyola University Maryland
Activities: Staff Editor, Cardozo Law Review Vol.43; Heyman Scholar; Public Service Scholar; Human Rights Atrocity Prevention Clinic; Treasurer, Student Bar Association, Cardozo NLG Executive Board; SEC investor Advocacy Roundtable Presenter
Simran Kaur, 2L
Undergraduate School: Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Activities: Staff Editor, Moot Court Honor Society; Clinic Intern, Innocence Project; Treasurer, Cardozo National Lawyers Guild; May Mentor, Cardozo May Mentor Program
Micaela Cisneros-Nunez, 3L
Undergraduate School: California State University, Fresno
Activities: Teaching Assistant, Evidence; Student Member, Community Building Committee;1L Mentor, Cardozo Fall Mentor Program; Panel Coordinator, Public Interest Law Advocacy Week; Student Advocate, Suspension Representation Project; Public Service Scholars; Trial Team
DaWuan Norwood, 3L
Undergraduate School: Howard University
Activities: Co-Editor-in-Chief, Moot Court Honor Society; 2L Liaison, Black Law Students Association; Public Interest Law Students Association; Public Interest Law Advocacy Week
Sharon Shaji, 2L
Undergraduate School: Macaulay Honors College at CCNY
Activities: Staff Editor, Cardozo Law Review (Vol. 43); E-Board Member, National Lawyers Guild; Teaching Assistant, Torts; Panel Coordinator, Public Interest Law Advocacy Week; Public Service Scholar
Miles Taylor, 3L
Undergraduate School: Norfolk State University
Activities: Political Chair, OUTLaw; 2L Representative, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF); Unemployment Action Center; 1LRepresentative, President, OUTLaw; Asian Pacific American Law Student Association; Black Law Student Association
Rayven Young, 3L
Undergraduate School: Elon University
Activities: President, Women’s Law Initiative;2L Liaison, MCHS Inclusion Committee, BlackLaw Student Association; Entertainment Law Society
Shelley Wu, 2L
Undergraduate School: Fordham University
Activities: Staff Editor, Cardozo Law Review, President, Public Interest Law Student Association; Academic Chair, Asian Pacific American Law Student Association; Coordinator, Courtroom Advocates Project at Sanctuary for Families
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.