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CUNY Law School

Rank 133 (USNWR 2022)
155
Median LSAT
3.46
Median GPA
29.6%
Acceptance rate

Also known as

  • CUNY Law School
  • CUNY
  • CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK

CUNY Law School is a law school located in Queens, New York. The school was ranked 133 in 2022 by USNWR. Annual enrollment for CUNY Law School is approximately 219.

Admissions website: https://www.law.cuny.edu/admissions/

Admissions email: admissions@law.cuny.edu

Admissions phone: 718.340.4210

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CUNY Law School Key Statistics

Previous year ABA 509 data
Percentiles 25 50 75
LSAT 151 155 160
GPA 3.19 3.46 3.66
Miscellaneous Count Percentile
# Applications 1998 62
# Admissions offers 592 -
Class size 219 65
% Accepted 29.6% 73
% Yield 35.1% 68

During the 2022 application cycle, 1,998 people applied and 592 were offered admission.

CUNY has a 1L class size of 219, and yield of 35.14%. 208 out of 592 applicants who were offered admission accepted, meaning that 35.14% of the people who were offered admission ended up attending the school.

The 1L class at CUNY has a median LSAT of 155. The 25th percentile LSAT is 151 and the 75th percentile LSAT is 160.

The median GPA is 3.46. The 25th percentile GPA is 3.19 and the 75th percentile GPA is 3.66.

CUNY Law School LSAT & GPA graph for 2021-2022

LSD has stats for 116 applicants for the 2021-2022 application cycle.

The graphs show applicant results plotted against GPA and LSAT. The dotted lines on the graphs represent the 25/50/75th percentiles reported by the school in their ABA 509 report from the previous year.

Each data point represents an LSD user that shared their application results for the benefit of future applicants.

Click on a data point to see that user's profile.

25th, 50th, 75th refer to percentiles from last year's admitted class

How much does CUNY Law School cost per year?

$26,203.00
Tuition
6th percentile
$16,013.00
In-state tuition
$50,917.00
CoA
7th percentile
56.40%
Grads with debt
$86,933.00
Average debt
$50,000.00
Salary, 25th %
$65,000.00
Salary
$67,673.00
PI Salary
36.10%
Employment rate
66.70%
Bar pass rate

Cost of attending CUNY Law School

In 2022, tuition was $26,203 and the annual cost of attending was $50,917 (tuition plus living expenses).

Cost of Attendance (CoA) is the estimated total amount you will have to spend every year to go to school. Unlike tuition, CoA includes expenses like rent, food, and insurance.

CUNY Law School employment outcomes

JD graduates from CUNY make $65,000 (median) upon graduation if they work in the private sector. If they go into the private sector, a grad can expect to make $67,673.

17.0% of law graduates from CUNY go directly to work for law firms, while 0.9% clerk for a judge. 52.7% of graduates go into public interest.

66.7% of CUNY graduates pass the bar on their first try.

Some interesting facts about CUNY Law School

The mission of the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law is to graduate outstanding public interest lawyers and to enhance the diversity of the legal profession. Our motto, “Law in the Service of Human Needs,” infuses everything we do.

CUNY Law is located at 2 Court Square in Long Island City, a vibrant, urban community in the heart of New York City in the borough of Queens. The school is just minutes from midtown Manhattan and easily accessible by public transportation. CUNY Law’s beautiful facility is LEED-Gold certified, meaning its construction had a reduced environmental impact, and its design promotes occupants’ health and well-being. It was built with 90 percent post-consumer, recycled steel. The building recycles rainwater and runs on wind power. This makes CUNY Law one of the greenest law schools in the nation.

CUNY Law’s unique and integrated curriculum has made it a national leader in progressive legal education heralded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Our program of study integrates practical experience, lawyering, and doctrinal study beginning in the first semester and continuing throughout the entire curriculum. All first-year students take a required two-semester Lawyering Seminar, where they focus on fundamental lawyering skills, including the skills of legal analysis and legal writing and engage in simulations requiring a wide range of lawyering tasks, such as document drafting, client interviewing and counseling, fact assessment, attorney negotiations, and presentations before tribunals. In the second year, each student also elects a four-credit Lawyering Seminar focused on developing more advanced lawyering skills in a subject area of choice, such as trial practice, mediation, public benefits, community economic development, criminal defense, and judicial writing. The lawyering program culminates in the third or fourth year, when all students are required to participate in a supervised clinic or directed externship. Complementing our lawyering program, our doctrinal faculty designs the core law school courses, such as torts, contracts, civil procedure, and constitutional law, to connect lawyering skills with the theory and doctrine necessary for our graduates to become excellent public interest attorneys. In addition, comprehensive academic support is provided by the Irene Diamond Professional Skills Center to assist students as they navigate law school. Regardless of the type of class, faculty guidance, supervision, and feedback permeate the process, as does an open-door policy, so that students learn to reflect on and become active participants in their own learning.

CUNY School of Law offers a full-time day program over the course of three years, as well as a part-time evening program over the course of four years.

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