Legal Career Resources

Best Law Schools in New York
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)
Loading...

Home to fifteen American Bar Association accredited law schools, New York state is widely known for its top-ranked universities.

The schools listed below continually top the rankings based on criteria such as selectivity/average LSAT scores, bar passage rates, academic offerings,  job placement rates,  and opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience through simulations and clinics.

Here’s a look at the top 10 law schools in New York

  
What
Where


10. University at Buffalo School of Law

Admissions Statistics (2019 Entering Class)
Acceptance Rate46.80%
Median LSAT Score154
Median Undergraduate GPA3.49

Source: American Bar Association Standard 509 Disclosure

While most of the law schools included in this list are located in the New York City metropolitan area, the University at Buffalo School of Law’s location offers a different set of opportunities. Located on an international border, the UB School of Law has created a cross-border legal studies concentration and offers numerous cross-border learning opportunities. The school has also created short courses in January to allow students to gain experiences to complement their legal educations. Options include travel to New Zealand, France, and Thailand to study alongside lawyers practicing their craft.

9. CUNY School of Law 

Admissions Statistics (2019 Entering Class)
Acceptance Rate37.72%
Median LSAT Score154
Median Undergraduate GPA3.49

Source: American Bar Association Standard 509 Disclosure

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




The City University of New York welcomes over a quarter of a million students through its eleven senior colleges, seven graduate schools, and six community colleges. Located in Queens, CUNY School of Law is ranked #1 in the nation for public interest law. The school’s commitment to public service was praised by Carnegie Foundation and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. CUNY  tuition is just a fraction of what other schools on this list charge. Consistently ranked in the Top 10 Law Schools in clinical training, CUNY students must complete three years of rigorous work; this includes a minimum of 89 credit hours of coursework, clinics, and Lawyering Seminars to earn a JD.

8. Syracuse University College of Law

Admissions Statistics (2019 Entering Class)
Acceptance Rate46.16%
Median LSAT Score154
Median Undergraduate GPA3.33

Source: American Bar Association Standard 509 Disclosure

Opened in 2014, Syracuse Law is housed in Dineen Hall, a 200,000 square foot, five-story facility-designed to support the needs of 21st-century legal education and encourage student-faculty interactions. Like all top law programs, Syracuse Law provides loads of experiential learning to less than 200 students each year. Students can choose from nine clinics including the  Veterans Legal Clinic, Community Development Law Clinic, and Elder Law Clinic, and develop their skills through trial advocacy courses and moot court. Students who want to gain experience away from New York can take advantage of externship programs in Washington and D.C London.

7. Brooklyn Law School

Admissions Statistics (2019 Entering Class)
Acceptance Rate47.19%
Median LSAT Score157
Median Undergraduate GPA3.44

Source: American Bar Association Standard 509 Disclosure

Home to over 1,000 J.D. students from 163 undergraduate colleges and universities, Brooklyn Law School, takes pride in the diverse collegial community. The school’s convenient location places it close to various legal services organizations, government agencies, state and federal courthouses,  and business incubators. Brooklyn Law students have a vast network of clinic and externship opportunities. The faculty are supportive, and students are engaged with over 40 organizations focused on both cultural groups and legal areas and interested students can take advantage of Brooklyn Law’s 4-year extended J.D. option.

6. St. John’s University School of Law

Admissions Statistics (2019 Entering Class)
Acceptance Rate48.11% 
Median LSAT Score159
Median Undergraduate GPA3.62

Source: American Bar Association Standard 509 Disclosure

The St. John’s University School of Law is located on the university’s main campus in Queens, and each year enrolls around 230 students. The location enables the school to offer a number of externship and internship placements in the New York City area. Students can choose between nine clinics, including the Child Advocacy Clinic, Domestic Violence Litigation Clinic, and Securities Arbitration Clinic. Home to seven student-run legal journals, St. John’s University School of Law is proud of its innovative education.

5. Cardozo School of Law

Admissions Statistics (2019 Entering Class)
Acceptance Rate42.18%
Median LSAT Score162
Median Undergraduate GPA3.60

Source: American Bar Association Standard 509 Disclosure

A part of Yeshiva University, Cardozo School of Law, has its own campus located in Greenwich Village. Unlike its parent institution, Cardozo has no specific religious mission other than its focus on social justice and welcomes students of diverse backgrounds. The school takes advantage of its location to engage students with New York City’s active areas of law connected to business, entertainment, fashion, media, criminal justice,  and public service. The school’s programs in intellectual property and conflict resolution rank highly in U.S. News & World Report. Cardozo is well known for being the host of the Innocence Project, an initiative that has helped free over 350 wrongly-convicted prisoners.

4. Fordham University School of Law

Admissions Statistics (2019 Entering Class)
Acceptance Rate27.25%
Median LSAT Score164
Median Undergraduate GPA3.64

Source: American Bar Association Standard 509 Disclosure

Located in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Fordham University’s School of Law enrolls around 400 students each year and is one of the bigger programs in the nation. Many of the school’s areas of specialty have been ranked high by U.S. News & World Report, and International Law, Clinical Training, and Trial Advocacy are all ranked in the top 20 nationally.

Five of Fordham’s student journals are among the most cited in judicial opinions- These include   Fordham International Law Journal Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law and Fordham Law Review.

Other points of pride for Fordham include the 152,000 hours of public interest work performed by the class of 2018 during their time at the law school. Fordham takes pride in its graduate outcomes as 52% of the Class of 2018 had as federal clerks jobs or in big law firms.

3. Cornell University Law School

Admissions Statistics (2019 Entering Class)
Acceptance Rate21.33%
Median LSAT Score168
Median Undergraduate GPA3.81

Source: American Bar Association Standard 509 Disclosure

Located in one of the country’s best college towns, the small city of Ithaca, Cornell Law is a top-ranked law school with highly selective admission and impressive graduate outcomes.

Cornell’s law school curriculum begins with the Lawyering Program, designed to help students develop the professional skills they’ll need as practicing attorneys. The course focuses on skills including legal writing, research, legal analysis, oral presentation, and client counseling and interviewing.

Cornell Law highly values experiential learning, and the school has enough seats available in clinics for all students to participate. The options are wide-ranging: Farmworker Legal Assistance, Campus Mediation Practicum, LGBT Clinic, Protest, and Civil Disobedience Defense Practicum, Juvenile Life Without Parole Clinic Labor Law Clinic, and many more.

2. New York University Law School

Admissions Statistics (2019 Entering Class)
Acceptance Rate21.60%
Median LSAT Score170
Median Undergraduate GPA3.80

Source: American Bar Association Standard 509 Disclosure

Located in New York City’s Greenwich Village, New York University Law School offers legal education in the heart of a major global financial center. NYU Law students can take classes at NYU’s highly regarded Stern School of Business. For students with international ambitions, NYU’s Guarini Institute for Global Legal Studies focuses on international law, and NYU administers programs in Buenos Aires, Paris, and Shanghai. NYU offers summer funding for students who aspire to work in government or public interest positions.

1. Columbia Law School

Admissions Statistics (2019 Entering Class)
Acceptance Rate15.86%
Median LSAT Score171
Median Undergraduate GPA3.82

Source: American Bar Association Standard 509 Disclosure

Consistently ranked among the top law schools in the United States, Columbia Law School held its first law class in 1858 and is the alma mater of Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The school’s location in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan provides students with a network of opportunities for hands-on learning experiences. 

Columbia Law School, with its 30 research centers, offer students real-world legal training in areas varying from corporate governance to human rights.

A Columbia legal education begins with its Foundation Year Moot Court program, which allows students to prepare legal briefs and present oral arguments to judges in the first year. Students gain further experiential learning through a range of simulation classes, clinics, and policy labs. Clinic students become members of Morningside Heights Legal Services, Inc., Columbia’s very own law firm focused on public interest issues.

Columbia Law Review is the second-most cited law journal in the world.



 

RELEVANT JOBS

Senior M&A Attorney

USA-IL-Chicago

Our corporate boutique law firm is seeking a senior level M&A attorney with a book of business that ...

Apply now

Paralegal / Legal Assistant

USA-MN-Rochester

O\'Brien & Wolf, L.L.P., a general practice law firm in Rochester, Minnesota, is seeking a Family La...

Apply now

ADA Compliance Officer

USA-CA-Los Angeles

The Personnel Commission of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) is currently recruiti...

Apply now

Attorney, Immigration Law (PERM/I-140)

USA-CA-Agoura Hills

Immigration Law Attorney (PERM & I-140) with 5+ years’ experience. We are looking for a ded...

Apply now

BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-FL-Miramar

Miramar office of our client seeks litigation associate attorney with 2 years of work experience han...

Apply Now

Insurance Defense/General Liability Attorney

USA-FL-Tampa

Tampa office of our client seeks insurance defense/general liability attorney with 5+ years of exper...

Apply Now

Municipal Law Associate Attorney

USA-CO-Centennial

Centennial office of our client seeks associate attorney with 2 years of Special District practice e...

Apply Now

Most Popular

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top