2017 Highlights

Employers know the value of a Cardozo law degree. Cardozo graduates are at work and sought after in every sector of the legal industry; from the largest law firms and financial compliance offices, to in-house legal departments at major fashion houses, to district attorneys’ and defenders’ offices.

Cardozo is ranked 25th in the nation and 3rd place in New York City for "gold-standard" jobs. In fact, over 80% of the class of 2017 are in such jobs, which are full-time, long-term jobs that require a JD degree and bar passage and that are not subsidized by the law school.

Cardozo is #37 in the country for lawyers hired by law firms with over 100 attorneys, based on ABA employment figures. In addition, The National Law Journal repeatedly lists Cardozo on its "go-to law schools" for the 100 largest law firms in the country. Another 

#11 in the country by preLaw Magazine for two types of public interest and public service law: public defenders/prosecutors, as well as government work. (Based on the number of graduates with positions at government agencies or in district attorneys' and public defenders' offices, and in consideration of Cardozo’s curricular offerings and loan repayment options).

The chart below lists NYC law schools.

View/download 2017 report: Cardozo 2017 Employment Summary

Cardozo Provides You with Career Support from Day-1
Cardozo's Career Counselors will find innovative ways to educate you about the many career opportunities that await. Beginning in your first year you will find programs and events, both on and off campus, designed to explore legal career options. . We host general and targeted-practice-area symposia with hundreds of employers at the school.  We conduct a Practice Profile Lunch series where you can meet with attorneys in different practice fields in small groups of students. We also cosponsor panel discussions with various student groups where substantive, cutting-edge legal issues in a particular practice area are explored in depth.

One of the primary ways we assist you is through one-on-one, individualized counseling sessions with one of six full-time professional counselors. All Cardozo career counselors have practiced law and will explore with you the aspects of your legal education and experience that you find most fulfilling. 

They will prepare you extensively for identifying and meeting with potential employers, developing a strong legal resume, and cover letter that will distinguish you in the marketplace. 

Networking and interviewing skills are taught in a variety of ways.  Our carefully structured workshops, mock interview programs, networking events and panel discussions prepare you to make connectiions with practicing attorneys.

Finally, we will help you make the right connections with potential employers through our spring and fall recruitment programs, during which hundreds of employers interview—and hire—Cardozo students for internships, summer associate positions and postgraduate positions. We also provide access to over 30 job fairs across the country, including regional job fairs, diversity-related job fairs and job fairs focused on specific areas of practice, such as patent law or public interest law.

For a complete overview of OCS Services for students, please see our Current Students section.