As the only publicly funded law school in New York City, the CUNY School of Law at Queens College opened its doors in 1983 to train lawyers dedicated to working in the public interest. CUNY Law became fully accredited by the American Bar Association in 1992 and has received national recognition for its innovative curriculum and the diversity of its students and faculty, and for producing public interest lawyers. As stated in The National Jurist, “CUNY…puts proportionately more lawyers to work in the public interest field than any other law school in the country.” Its ability to attract and educate talented and committed students who become high-quality public servants underlines the Law School’s motto, “Law in the Service of Human Needs.”
CUNY Law combines new and traditional methods for teaching future lawyers. The academic program of the Law School integrates contemporary teaching methods such as simulations, team-teaching, small group collaborative learning, and clinical experience with proven traditional approaches such as lecture and case study. Among the innovations developed by the CUNY Law faculty is the unique Lawyering Seminar, in which small groups of students and faculty work on carefully designed simulated cases. These learning methods are supported by a state-of-the-art library and technological facilities, computer access to WESTLAW and LEXIS, modern audiovisual equipment, and computer workstations that are available to all students.
The Law School’s clinical program has been ranked among the top ten in the country for the last nine years by legal educators.
Main Street Legal Services, Inc., the Law School’s on-site legal clinic, provides legal services to clients who would not otherwise be represented. In the clinic, third-year students work on actual cases under the supervision of an experienced clinical faculty.
The American Bar Association has ranked the CUNY School of Law first in New York State in its percentage of women students. CUNY Law is first in New York State in its percentage of minority law students.
The on-site child care center that is available to students plays a pivotal role in providing access to a legal education to those previously excluded from the profession.