CUNY Law School

Rank 150 (USNWR 2024)
Median LSAT
Median GPA
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Also known as

  • CUNY Law School
  • CUNY

CUNY Law School is a law school located in Queens, New York. The school was ranked 150 in 2024 by USNWR. Annual enrollment for CUNY Law School is approximately 217.

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

Admissions email: admissions@law.cuny.edu

Admissions phone: 718.340.4210

Can I get into CUNY Law School with aGPA andLSAT?

CUNY Law School Key Statistics

Previous year ABA 509 data
Percentiles 25 50 75
LSAT 151 154 158
GPA 3.16 3.42 3.64
Miscellaneous Count Percentile
# Applications 1755 57
# Admissions offers 619 -
Class size 217 71
% Accepted 35.3% 63
% Yield 33.0% 63

During the 2024 application cycle, 1,755 people applied and 619 were offered admission.

CUNY has a 1L class size of 217, and yield of 32.96%. 204 out of 619 applicants who were offered admission accepted, meaning that 32.96% of the people who were offered admission ended up attending the school.

The 1L class at CUNY has a median LSAT of 153. The 25th percentile LSAT is 150 and the 75th percentile LSAT is 157.

The median GPA is 3.45. The 25th percentile GPA is 3.12 and the 75th percentile GPA is 3.73.

CUNY Law School LSAT & GPA graph for 2022-2023

LSD has stats for 105 applicants for the 2022-2023 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?

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Cost of attending CUNY Law School

In 2024, tuition was $0 and the annual cost of attending was $25,588 (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 $75,000 (median) upon graduation if they work in the private sector. If they go into the public sector, a grad can expect to make $45,000.

13.9% of law graduates from CUNY go directly to work for law firms, while 5.1% clerk for a judge. 53.2% of graduates go into public interest.

73.4% 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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is anybody worried that going to CUNY is going to severely restrict your job opportunities even if you want to only work in NYC?
@KaputGaudyRag: i looked at alums on linkedin to assuage my fears about this, you're def limited to a certain extent but plenty of people move to non-PI firms/gov agencies
Y'all I think I was rejected on a bias. Yesterday CUNY had an open zoom forum and I spoke to an admissions counselor in efforts to hear about student experience. I have various law experiences and emphasized how I don't know what I am interested in and I'm open to public interest. Today I got the decision
idk they seem super committed to public interest route so maybe they did get turned off by you saying that
but it's also possible that there just might have been a wave
yes. I wrote in personal statement that I want to work in corporate law field. THey rejected me despite my median gpa and lsat was way higher than median scores.
Anybody else still waiting? I've got a different deposit due this weekend ://
has anyone who applied for aid just not heard anything?
how big WL pool for SMU dedman?
Did anyone attend the event last night? How was it?
Applied in mid Oct and my status checker still says complete. Anyone else?
i applied to CUNY about a week ago and the status just said application received. how long did it take for you guys for the status checker to update/change?
I had to message admissions to get a login!
@LuAlon17: wonder the same! In the same boat
R- 164/3.4
Just got rejected, 165/3.65.
Are you guys applying in junior year or right out of college?
@LuAlon17: about another week
@cucumbermelonn: ^^
I’m on my second UR, so hopefully hear back soon 🤞🏼
does anyone thing there'll be a CUNY wave this week? theyre my top choice so i'd just like to know ughhhh : (
A (for P/T) Took the plunge and didn't apply elsewhere. UR 5/09, Decision date 6/17.
Hey everyone, Im planning on applying next cycle! This may seem dumb but do you think an ED application would be more competitive than a RD application? The wording on the website makes it sound more selective, "We accept a small number of students via Early Decision each year". Idk maybe im overthinking it.
Anyone heard from cuny?
Application was in review but it disappeared
mine disappeared
Have you reached out to them? dont know if i should email them.
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