CUNY School of Law is the premier public interest law school in the country. Founded in 1983, it trains lawyers to serve historically underrepresented communities and works towards greater diversity in the legal profession. Our motto, “law in the service of human needs,” infuses everything we do.

CUNY Law pioneered the model of integrating a lawyering curriculum with traditional doctrinal study. The School has been praised in a study by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, “Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law,” for being one of the few law schools in the country to prepare students for practice through instruction in theory, skills, and ethics.

CUNY Law consistently ranks among the top three law schools in the country in clinical training. With a student-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, CUNY Law has been a model for other law schools for its clinical practice. When our students enter the clinics – and every single one does, whether full-time or part-time – they spend the equivalent of a full semester representing clients in real time, and that’s after a full semester of skillbuilding and two foundational years of social justice coursework.

Given the fact that its clinical program prepares graduates for public interest careers, CUNY Law earned the #1 spot for its 2016 graduates securing permanent, full-time jobs in government and public interest as reported in The National Law Journal. More than 60% of CUNY Law graduates launched careers in public interest and public service.

CUNY Law is the top ranked law school for faculty diversity, and the most diverse law school in New York City. The Pipeline to Justice program, launched in 2006, targets extraordinary students with a passion for public interest to develop the requisite skills and supportive environment essential for law school success. It has made a significant contribution to building a more diverse legal profession.

In the fall of 2015, CUNY Law launched a part-time evening program, further expanding access to the profession. CUNY Law offers three dual degree programs: a JD/MPA in Inspection and Oversight and a JD/MA in Forensic Psychology with John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a JD/MIA in International Affairs with the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College of New York.

Located centrally at 2 Court Square in Long Island City, CUNY Law is one of the greenest law schools in the country. The building is LEED Gold certified, which means that its construction had a reduced environmental impact, and its design increases occupants’ health and well-being.

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