Q) How do I submit my application?

A) You must apply electronically via LSAC.


Q) How may I contact the Admissions Office?


Q) What are your application deadlines?

A) Application deadline information is available here »


Q) What is the CUNY School of Law code for the Law School Admission Council?

A) The CUNY School of Law code is 2585.


Q) How many letters of recommendation are required?

A) Two letters of recommendation are required. If you are currently completing your Bachelor's degree or your Bachelor's degree was conferred September 2013 or later, one letter must be an academic letter of recommendation (from a professor who taught you).

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Q) What are the LSAT/UGPA indicators of the 2014 entering class?


75th percentile = 158
50th percentile = 154
25th percentile = 151 

UGPA (as calculated by LSDAS)
75th percentile = 3.60 
50th percentile = 3.33 
25th percentile = 2.98


Q) Can I apply if I have been disqualified previously for academic reasons?

A) The revised ABA Standard 501c no longer requires that an applicant who was previously disqualified sit out for two years before applying for admission. However, a law school shall not admit or readmit a student who has been disqualified previously for academic reasons without an affirmative showing that the prior disqualification does not indicate a lack of capacity to complete its program of legal education and be admitted to the bar.


Q) Can I apply if I have a conviction?

A) Applicants who have been convicted of any criminal offense, or who have charges pending against them, should consult the State Board of Law Examiners in the state(s) in which they expect to practice law.

The college reserves the right to deny admission to any student if, in its judgment, the presence of that student on campus poses an undue risk to the safety or security of the college or the college community. That judgment will be based on an individualized determination taking into account any information the college has about a student's criminal record and the particular circumstances of the college, including the presence of a child care center, a public school or public school students on the campus.

Some states have restrictions that prohibit the practice of law by persons who have been convicted of certain criminal offenses, and in some states even patterns of arrest without conviction may have an impact on an individual's eligibility to practice law.

In New York City, there are different rules in each Judicial Department. You will need to determine the appropriate Judicial Department and contact it directly prior to or immediately after applying to CUNY School of Law.


Q) How much are tuition and fees?

A) Low tuition and fees enable our students to graduate with comparatively little law school debt and to accept public interest positions with fewer financial concerns.
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Q) How diverse is the entering class?

A) Students of color (Black/African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Puerto Rican, Hispanic/Latino, and Two or More Ethnicities) represent approximately 49% of the 2014 entering class. The students in the Class of 2016 range in age from 20 to 47 and represent 14 states and 15 foreign countries. Also, 16 are foreign born.


Q) What is your Scholarship Retention?

A) CUNY School of Law does not have a mandatory curve and has a robust academic support center. Thus while we require a 3.0 GPA for scholarship retention, most of our students do retain them. Information about scholarships and scholarship retention may be found here.


Q) What is the Administrator and Faculty Distribution at CUNY Law?


Faculty and Administrators (2013)

  Total Men Women Minorities
  Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall
Full-Time 34 38 13 14 21 24 12 12
Other Full-Time

Deans, librarians & others who teach 14 14 4 4 10 10 6 6
Part-Time 10 5 6 3 4 2 3 0
Total 58 57 23 21 35 36 21 18
Student to Faculty Ratio 9:14

Q) What are the Graduation/ Attrition Rates for CUNY Law students?

A) Excluding transfers in and out, the graduation rate for the incoming class of 2009 (graduating class of 2012) was 86%. This is up from 81% from the previous year.

Non-Transfer J.D. Attrition (2012-2013)

  Academic Other Total %
1st year 10 2 12/110 10.9%
2nd year 4 2 6/117 5.12%
3rd year 0 0 0 0

Transfers (2012-2013)

Transfers In 2
Transfers Out 2

Non-Transfer J.D. Attrition (2011-2012)

  Academic Other Total %
1st year 11 4 15/127 11.81%
2nd year 4 3 17/154 11.04%
3rd year 2 2 4/147 2.72%

Transfers (2011-2012)

Transfers In 5
Transfers Out 2

Q) What is the bar passage rate?

A) The ABA bar passage data for accredited law schools reflects the passage data for the jurisdiction where the largest number of graduates take the bar exam. The pass rate for CUNY Law graduates with strong law school grades (B+ or better) is well above the NYS average.

The Law School offers significant support, including a 4-credit bar course, financial counseling and support, and individual academic counseling to assist students in preparing for the exam. Below is the most recent bar passage data for CUNY School of Law as reported to the American Bar Association.

Year of Bar Exam (Feb & July) Takers Passers Pass%* State% Diff % First Time Test Takers Reported Weighted Av. School Pass % Weighted Av. State Pass % Total Weighted % Pass Dif.
2012 124 102 82.26 81.55 0.71 92.54% 82.26% 81.55% 0.71%
2011 105 73 69.52 85.03 -15.51 92.11% 69.52% 85.03% -15.51%
2010 109 79 72.48 84.92 -12.44 86.51% 72.48% 84.92% -12.44%

*weighted average per ABA formulation


Q) What clinics or internships are available?

A) Every third-year CUNY Law student participates in an intensive clinic or internship program (concentration). Supervised practice provides students the opportunity to serve clients and solve real legal problems, while creating a fertile and dynamic learning environment that is both an essential and exciting transition from the classroom to the profession. View the current list of active clinics here »


Q) What are CUNY Law's curricular offerings?


Curricular Offerings

Typical first-year section size, excluding Legal Research & Writing 65
Number of course titles, beyond the first year curriculum, offered last year 66
Number of upper division classroom course sections with an enrollment under 25 43
Number of upper division classroom course sections with an enrollment 25-49 21
Number of upper division classroom course sections with an enrollment 50-74 3
Number of upper division classroom course sections with an enrollment 75-99 3
Number of upper division classroom course sections with an enrollment 100+ 2
Number of positions available in simulation courses 451
Number of positions filled in simulation courses 388
Number of faculty supervised clinical course titles 8
Number of positions available in faculty supervised clinical courses 142
Number of positions flled in faculty supervised clinical courses 138
Number of field placement positions filled 43
Number of students who enrolled in independent study 78
Number of students who participated in law journals 52
Number of students who participated in interschool skills competitions 28

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