About CUNY Law
Since opening in 1983, CUNY School of Law has established itself as the premier public interest law school in the country. Our mission is to graduate outstanding public interest attorneys and to enhance the diversity of the legal profession. Our motto, "Law in the Service of Human Needs," infuses everything we do.
A greater percentage of graduates from CUNY Law choose careers in public interest and public service than any other law school in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks CUNY Law's clinical program in the top five in the country. National Jurist ranks CUNY Law amongst the top ten in the nation for best public interest law schools and second in the nation for diversity of both faculty and students.
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected CUNY Law as the recipient of its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award, which recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to inclusion. CUNY Law enrolls an unusually diverse student body: more than 40% are people of color, and 45% are first- or second-generation immigrants, very often the first in their families to attend college.
Philosophy and Educational Approach
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has praised CUNY Law for being one of the few law schools in the country to prepare students for practice through integrated instruction in theory, skills, and ethics. The curriculum integrates clinical experience, professional responsibility, and lawyering proficiency with doctrinal study at every level. It focuses on building the core competencies of problem-solving, legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, communication (legal writing, oral argument), counseling, and recognition and resolution of ethical dilemmas.
While most law schools offer only limited access to clinical experiences, CUNY Law offers each third-year student a direct, supervised, live-client representation opportunity in the school’s nationally-ranked clinical program.