Right Wrongs

Working for the public good

At CUNY Law, we are focused on graduating outstanding, diverse attorneys intent on creating change for the better.

Our curriculum seamlessly integrates theory and practice, and we have been consistently recognized for the strength of our clinics. Scholars, devoted teachers and inspiring change makers make up our faculty. Day in and day out, our alumni are out on the front lines, working for a just, equitable world.

Welcome. Get to know us. We hope you will join us in pursuit of law in service of human needs.


#1 for Public Interest Law
#2 for Diversity, #3 for Clinics

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#1 Nationally for Placing Graduates in Full-Time, Long Term Public Interest and Public Service Jobs (National Law Journal, May 2017) <pdf>
#1 for Public Interest Law (preLaw Magazine, Winter 2016)
#2 for Diversity (US News and World Report, 2017)
#3 for Clinics (US News and World Report, 2017)


Taking Advocacy for LGBT and
Immigrants' Rights to Global StagE

Part-time evening student Christina Peña is a longtime advocate for immigrants and LGBT individuals. This summer, thanks to a sabbatical from her full-time job at the New York Anti-Violence Project and a fellowship from the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice, she gets to take her passions to Tel Aviv as an intern at ORAM, the only international organization devoted solely to advocating for LGBT+ refugees fleeing brutalization due to sexual orientation or gender identity.

Listen to Christina discuss her experiences at JFK Airport in January on LatinoUSA.


CUNY Law Alums Are Fueling Innovative Business Ventures Powered by Immigrants

At CUNY Law, some of our students and alumni are helping immigrants gain access to entrepreneurial opportunities and they mean business! Madhuri Kumar ('10) and Michele Lampach ('10) built upon their experience in the Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights Clinic to found L&K Law Group, a women-led organization that helps businesses (especially startups) to tap into the global talent pool by assisting individual immigrants with attainment of employment-based visas or permanent residence. Fees from their work support their other professional venture, UnLocal, a non-profit that provides free or low-cost immigration representation. Kumar and Lampach's innovative approach has piqued the interest of the business community. Kumar and Lampach were able to incubate Unlocal at the CUNY School of Law. It's part of how we support our graduates who commit to practice law in the service of human needs.


Fight for the soul of this democracy!

Last Friday, CUNY School of Law graduated its 32nd class of social justice law advocates. Our commencement speaker, Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of NAACP Legal Defense Fund issued a clarion call to our grads to protect public life and institutions. Student speaker Shoshana Brown echoed this sentiment in her remarks.

We chose to be unstoppable, unrelenting public interest lawyers. We chose the road less traveled — The legal path that has become more important and more timely than ever before...The time is now when we must not be afraid to tear down the darkness with our legal arguments and our advocacy on behalf of our clients."

Brown, an exemplary student and now alumna, could only see herself doing what she did at CUNY School of Law. But, don't take our word. Listen to hers. (approx 10 min)


Mission Accomplished

This Friday, CUNY School of Law will graduate its newest cohort of public interest attorneys. Each one of them is well on their way to launching their own, individualized social justice path that will utilize the law as a tool for creating a better world! They'll walk away inspired by our commencement speaker, Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. This is the 32nd year that we at CUNY Law continue to fulfill our mission to diversify the legal profession with highly skilled public interest attorneys committed to practicing law in the service of human needs.

Join us at CUNY School of Law and become part of the future!


Worker Empowerment at CUNY Law

At CUNY Law, there are many ways to build experience advocating on behalf of workers. 2Ls Melissa Britton and Susannah Maltz (pictured) are two of just five national recipients of the 2017 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies, awarded by the MLB Players Trust.

CUNY Students can work on wage theft cases as part of the Workers Rights Project in the Economic Justice Project, join the Worker Cooperative Law Project in the Community & Economic Development clinic, take The Rights of Low Wage Workers with Professor Shirley Lung or get involved with the CUNY Labor Coalition for Workers Rights and Economic Justice!


CUNY Law—Diversity Leader in Legal Academia

PreLaw magazine ranks CUNY School of Law 3rd in the nation for student and faculty diversity, making us the most diverse school on the East Coast.

They write: "City University of New York School of Law, third on our list, continues to have a diversified student body as well as solid bar passage and employment results." <pdf>


The Experience of Criminal Defense at CUNY Law

At CUNY Law, we train students to understand the complexities of representing people in a criminal justice system that marginalizes poor people, immigrants and people of color. Our graduates craft careers that recognize this and aim to rectify it. They go on to challenge courts, laws, and professional practices - in order to help make it a better system for everyone.


#1 in Public Interest, #2 in Diversity, #3 in Clinics

CUNY School of Law ranks #3 for our clinical program for the third year in a row, #2 for diversity nationally (most diverse on the East Coast, #1 public interest program in the nation, and has an outstanding value at $14,100 for in-state students.

Contemplative Law Practice at CUNY

For 16 years, the CUNY Contemplative Urban Law Program (CCULP) has thoughtfully integrated mindfulness practices into the fabric of law school life and the practice of law

CUNY Law students learn from day one that professional practice involves planning, doing and reflecting. And, while we believe in pursuing large scale change, we also know it is important to take care of ourselves and one another.

For 16 years, the CUNY Contemplative Urban Law Program (CCULP) has thoughtfully integrated mindfulness practices into the fabric of law school life and the practice of law.

We regularly offer a class in Contemplative Practice and organize an annual spring mindfulness retreat for the CUNY Law community (students, faculty, staff, alumni and allies) at the Blue Cliff Monastery in upstate New York.


CUNY Law Student Gains National Recognition

Law Students of the Year: David Ourlicht, CUNY School of Law

CUNY Law is committed to diversity <pdf>. We seek and support students from every imaginable background because we know that greatness arrives from having traveled many different paths. Our students display grit in the face of obstacles and consistently go above and beyond. David Ourlicht ’17 is one of 25 future lawyers honored in National Jurist's 2017 Law Students of the Year. David played an important role in bringing down the practice of stop-and-frisk in New York City. He is active in the CUNY Law community and plans a career in public defense.


Working on Environmental Justice

Professor Rebecca Bratspies is the Scholar of the Month at the UNC School of Law Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics.

 

Professor Rebecca Bratspies is the Scholar of the Month at the UNC School of Law Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics. At CUNY Law Professor Bratspies directs the Center for Urban Environmental Reform (CUER) which promotes environmental democracy and citizen participation. CUNY Law students’ work on these issues in the Environmental Justice class taught by Professor Bratspies and/or by serving as CUER fellows.

One innovative way she approaches environmental work is through comic books. Mayah’s Lot, which features a young heroine pursuing environmental justice, has been used to teach local fifth graders about the environmental conditions in their own neighborhoods.


CUNY Law Students Get Involved in Reproductive Justice Work

CUNY Law Professors Get Involved in Reproductive Justice Work

 

Professor Cindy Soohoo and Professor Richard Storrow edit the Reproductive Rights news blog. Along with guest contributors, they share expert commentary on reproductive rights issues.

CUNY students such as 3L Megan Lynch contribute to the blog. In a recent post, Megan explained why detention of pregnant women violates human rights. Along with her classmates in the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic, she successfully advocated for the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to condemn detention of pregnant women suspected of drug use in the United States.


You Are Welcome Here at CUNY Law

 

The election results — and subsequent executive orders — have provoked a wide range of emotions on campuses across the country. We joined the #youarewelcomehere campaign to demonstrate our commitment to international students.

We are so proud that our students are immigrants representing 25+ countries. Half of our students are people of color. More than one in three students are the first to attend college.

CUNY Law is a place where we embrace differences.

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Our Students Help To Resettle Iraqi Refugees

Our Students Help to Resettle Iraqi Refugees

 

Students involved in the CUNY Law chapter of International Refugee Assistance Project sprang into action over the past two weeks to get their refugee clients approved for resettlement, to the United States, on the eve of the ban targeting seven Muslim-majority countries including Iraq.
Watch a news clip about their work

 


Serve Clients While Still Studying Law

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Long before they graduate, CUNY Law students begin to make a difference in clients' lives.


CUNY Law School's work to keep America open

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Last weekend, CUNY Law students and faculty worked tirelessly at JFK Airport to provide guidance and legal counsel to people affected by the executive order regarding immigration.

Dean Mary Lu Bilek explained: <pdf> "This was not a one-off for CUNY Law; our students, faculty and alums have long been involved in the work of representing immigrants, helping to strengthen immigrant communities, and promoting accountability and responsibility in the enforcement of the law with respect those seeking entry to, refuge in, and the chance to thrive in our country, particularly through the CLEAR project (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility), our INRC clinic (Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights) and the CUNY-IRAP (International Refugee Assistance Project) student group."


This Saturday, Join Us for "The Presidential Inauguration
and the Unfolding Legal Era"

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This week, we';ve seen a robust dialogue about the role that citizen advocacy can play in shaping the future of our country. This Saturday, come to learn more about the role that lawyers for the public good can play in shaping the next four years. You can expect to interact with over 178 social justice advocates and community leaders at this day-long event.

Find out more: http://events.cuny.edu/EventDetail.asp?EventId=79906

To let us know that you'll be coming, email:admissions@law.cuny.edu

If you can't make it in person, you can join us online:http://www.law.cuny.edu/admissions/right-wrongs.html


Standing Up for Our Immigrant Communities

Prof. Nermeen Arastu

 

Prof. Nermeen Arastu of our Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights Clinic was on CNN last week. She posed incisive questions to Carly Fiorina about her support for Jeff Sessions’ nomination for Attorney General: What in his immigration record do you see and why did you endorse him? What advice do you have for him if he were to become our AG? How would you like to see him treat our immigrant communities?

Watch it on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cunylawschool/videos/10154461754479833

Explore what students do in our Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights Clinic: http://www.law.cuny.edu/academics/clinics/immigration.html


CUNY Law’s Newest Skadden Fellows

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The Skadden Fellowship is one of the most coveted public service fellowships available to law graduates nationwide. Since the fellowships were first given out in 1989, 12 CUNY Law graduates have carried out public interest projects throughout the country funded by the Skadden Foundation. This year, two students from the Class of 2017 are among the 30 graduating law students nationwide selected for this honor. All of us at CUNY Law are looking forward to the impact they will have on the lives of their clients, K-12 students living in public housing in Queens and low-wage workers in Boston.

Learn more: http://www1.cuny.edu/mu/law/2016/12/15/two-cuny-law-students-awarded-2017-skadden-fellowships/

Explore our leading public interest program: http://www.law.cuny.edu/admissions/right-wrongs.html


Real World Legal Training at CUNY

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From its first year, in 1985, when it was housed in an elementary school, to today in our beautiful LIC LEED Gold Certified building, CUNY Law's clinical program has trained thousands of students by plunging them into real-world legal work. While growing and evolving, the program has stayed true to the ideals that shaped it, and has served the public interest in countless ways.

The program has consistently been recognized for its innovative integration of theory and practice. It is ranked third in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and is the top-ranked clinical program in the state of New York.


Access to Excellence!

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New York City's only publicly funded law school, CUNY Law is one of the most affordable law schools in the nation. Ranked #3 nationally for clinical programs and #1 for public interest law, the educational program at CUNY Law provides an exemplary legal education for an excellent value.

In 2015, we awarded scholarships to over half of our entering class because we don't believe you should graduate from law school with crippling debt. An excellent affordable legal education is available which will allow you to pursue the legal career that most appeals to you!


CUNY Law Students change lives!

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Did you know that under some state laws women can be detained in jail if they use drugs while pregnant? Tammy Loertscher filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of this law when she was jailed in Madison, Wisconsin after disclosing her to doctor that she self-medicated her medical condition with methamphetamine and marijuana before knowing she was pregnant.

The lawsuit gained national attention as students in the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic “HRGJ” advocated on behalf of Ms. Loertscher and other women similarly jailed; they recently celebrated a victory— the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention accepted a majority of their recommendations regarding the detention of pregnant women suspected of drug use in the United States.. The HRGJ clinic will continue advocacy on this issue and will host a presentation on their work on Tuesday, November 22nd.

 


Do you know about CUNY School of Law?

CUNY School of Law is committed to diversity! The City University of New York School of Law ranks among the most diverse law schools in the nation. Much has happened in our country this past week. We support our students with the changes that are coming and we are active in our communities, providing professional help to those who might not other wise receive it.

Recent Events
CUNY Law's CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility) Project is already focusing on the impact the election results are having on under-represented people. CLEAR's work is rooted in CUNY School of Law's relationship with community based organizations who help address the unmet needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly impacted by national security and counter-terrorism policies and practices. Listen to members of the CLEAR team speak on National Public Radio yesterday. This is only one example of the important work students at CUNY Law do.

http://www.wnyc.org/story/muslims-mobilize-trump-era/


Your country needs you!

Students come to CUNY School of Law because they want to change the world.  At CUNY, graduates gain the skills they need to make that change.  Everything we do at CUNY is motivated by our distinctive mission: to graduate outstanding public interest attorneys who go on to improve our communities and our nation in personally resonant ways. At CUNY we help you find your direction and live your passion.

 

CUNY School of Law pioneered the model of integrating a lawyering curriculum with traditional doctrinal study.  CUNY School of Law 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.

 

Recent Events
Come visit us and see the Weights and Measures exhibit, a series of oil paintings that appear as solarized scans and photorealistic portraits of individuals charged by international courts and tribunals, juxtaposed with portraits of international justice advocates.  

The exhibition, which next travels to Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, South Africa, presents a proposition - can portraiture effectively open a space to contribute to discussions about underlying issues central to atrocity crimes and international restorative justice efforts?

Accompanying materials are available, noting CUNY Law's success in integrating a gender perspective into international human rights law and mechanisms, through the work of the HRGJ clinic and the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice.

 

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2016 Incoming Class Facts

  • Average Age: 28
  • New York Residents: 78%
  • Out-of-State Residents: 22%
  • Women: 58% ; Men: 42%
  • Students of Color: 50%
  • First Generation in Family to Attend College: 32%