The Law School's unique and integrated curriculum has made it a national leader in progressive legal education. The curriculum engages students in a thoughtful combination of rigorous coursework in traditional substantive areas and a lawyering program that teaches the skills recognized by the American Bar Association as necessary for competent practice (problem solving, legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, factual investigation, communication, including legal writing and oral argument; counseling, negotiation, litigation and alternative dispute resolution procedures, organization and management of legal work, and recognition and resolution of ethical dilemmas). The basic premise of the curriculum is that theory cannot be separated from practice, abstract knowledge of doctrine from practical skill, and understanding professional responsibility from professional experience.
There is a sophisticated, well-staffed Writing Center, and there are numerous opportunities for legal writing in the second and third years, including the New York City Law Review and Moot Court. An extensive Academic Support Program provides a Summer Law Institute for incoming students, one-on-one and group tutoring, facilitated study groups, and a special academic support course for students who may find themselves in academic difficulty after their first semester.
The City University of New York Law Review is a student-run publication devoted to producing public interest scholarship, engaging with the public interest bar, and fostering student excellence in writing, legal analysis, and research.
CUNY's Moot Court Board is a student-run organization for students who wish to advance their oral advocacy and writing skills to the highest level. In competitions against other law schools, Moot Court members write briefs and argue cutting edge legal issues in simulated appellate arguments.
For over a decade, the clinical programs at CUNY School of Law have been nationally recognized as the very best in legal education. CUNY School of Law faculty members have been honored for their leadership and contributions to the field of clinical legal education. In addition to publishing influential ground-breaking work, they are regular planners and presenters at national conferences.
Students who come to CUNY wanting to make a difference need not wait until after graduation to enhance access to justice.