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. Cardozo's faculty is known for being widely-published legal scholars, most of whom have also practiced law. There are certain qualities that set Cardozo apart and give it a unique character. Among them are flexibility and the desire and drive not to be complacent, but to constantly improve for the benefit of students and society-all with New York as a back drop. Cardozo's special, nationally known programs-the Innocence Project, Intellectual Property and Information Law Program, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Holocaust Claims Restitution- Clinic-combine intellectual excellence and a visionary edge is helping to shape the legal landscape.
Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program
Cardozo offers a traditional three-year program leading to the degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.). The admission of a student, continued enrollment at the School, receipt of academic credits, and graduation are all subject to the disciplinary powers of the School, exercised through the dean or the dean's designee, and to the student's maintaining high standards of ethical conduct.
Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program
LL.M. programs are designed to meet the interests and professional goals of students seeking an advanced law degree. The programs in Comparative Legal Thought, Dispute Resolution and Advocacy, General Studies and Intellectual Property offer students access to outstanding faculty, flexible curriculum and challenging courses. Special programs for students holding law degrees from an international institution ensure that they are prepared for the American legal world.
With a wealth of prestigious clinical programs to choose from, Cardozo students are given the opportunity to blend theory and practice. Students who participate in clinics gain powerful real-world legal experience under the instruction of an academic supervisor.
Cardozo Field Clinics provide students with real-world experience, in partnership with New York and New Jersey legal offices. On the vanguard of legal education, Field Clinics build on Cardozo's innovative clinical history and dedication to social justice. New York State Attorney General: Social Justice Division, Consumer Debt Protection Field Clinic, Health Care Reform Field Clinic, City of Newark Field Clinic, Art Law Field Clinic, Immigration Law Field Clinic, Special Education Law and Advocacy Field Clinic.
Students gain invaluable real-world experience when they participate in Cardozo's externship program. Credit is awarded for working in the public sector for a judge, non-profit organization or government agency, or for working in the private sector at an in-house counsel office or law firm focused on intellectual property. Students work under the direct supervision of an attorney for a semester, and take a co-requisite seminar taught by an experienced practitioner in the field.
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
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