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100% of students who worked with the pre-law team were admitted to law school over the last 3 years (as compared to the national rate of 77%). 70% of students gained admission to a top 20 law school or received a full scholarship to Cardozo. 66% of students received offers of merit scholarships.

It is never too early to start thinking about applying to law school. The Office of Pre-Law Advisement provides individualized guidance to students and alumni from the time they begin to consider a career in law until they matriculate to law school. Students are encouraged to meet with the Pre-Law advisor at least once each semester to map out courses and learn of internship and volunteer opportunities. Students and alumni are always welcome to meet with the advisor to work on the components of their internship and law school applications. 

Why go to law school?

A law degree (juris doctor or J.D.) is a professional graduate degree that enables its recipient to practice law, upon passing the state bar exam and meeting the character and fitness requirement for admission to practice in a given state.

It is crucial to address the question of “Why should I go to law school?” before you apply or even start preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT.) Take time before applying to explore the legal field through shadowing, internships, summer jobs and talking to as many lawyers as possible, including those who became discontent and changed careers. Only you can decide if law school is right calling you, and the best way to decide this is through practical, hands-on experience and networking with current legal professionals.

What should I major in?

There is no right or wrong undergraduate program that best prepares a student for academic success in law school. Law schools are looking for well-rounded, curious and highly motivated students. The American Bar Association suggest students develop their analytical thinking, reasoning and writing school prior to law school. You should select a major that matches your strengths, values and interests.  Common major choices include liberal arts subjects such as Political Science, History and English.

According to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), the highest percentages of applicants major in Political Science (17.5%), Psychology (5.2%), Criminal Justice (4.96%) and English (4.59%). "Other" majors make up 6.29% of all applicants. Download 2018 Applicants By Major for a complete list.

If you are considering patent law, you should consult the list of approved STEM majors on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) web site.

Spring 2023 Upcoming Prelaw Events

2023 Langfan Family Constitutional Oratory Competition

Sunday, March 19, 2023
10:00 AM
Cardozo School of Law, Moot Court Room
55 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
(5th Avenue and West 12th Street)

Deadline to enter: Monday, January 30, 2023
To participate email

For complete information, visit Langfan Flyer 1.pdf

Special thank you to the Langfan family for their support.

This year's topic

For much of its history, the United States sanctioned and even directed the removal of Native American children from their families and forced assimilation into non-Native society-a  practice shared by other nations regarding their indigenous populations, including Australia and China (where it still continues to this day).

In 1978, the U.S. Congress responded by enacting the Indian Child Welfare Act {ICWA), which mandated that no Native American child may be adopted by non-tribal parents unless no existing extended family members or willing tribal foster parents could be found.

In 2016, the Brackeen family, who are White, adopted a 10-month-old Navajo boy after his biological mother was deemed unfit. One year later they attempted to adopt the boy's sister, at which time extended family belonging to the Navajo tribe intervened to block the adoption. The Brackeens then brought suit alleging racial discrimination. They were joined as plaintiffs by the states of Texas, Louisiana and Indiana, which likewise wish to see the ICWA overturned.

The case will appear before the U.S. Supreme Court this term.

Question: Should the Brackeen's be allowed to adopt both children? Should the ICWA be overturned? What of the rights of tribal communities to remain intact and unassimilated?

NEW! Updated Pre-Law Student Handbook

Pre-Law Handbook FINAL.pdf

This handbook contains useful information for all pre-law students, either beginning the process or preparing to apply. Includes suggested reading list, timelines and LSAT information.




Law School graduates go on to become:

  • State and Federal Judges
  • District Attorneys
  • United States Attorney
  • In House Counsel
  • Litigators
  • Real Estate Practitioners and Investors
  • Tax Counsel
  • Intellectual Property Attorneys
  • Mediators
  • Angel Funders
  • Professors

The videos (the links to which are below) demonstrate how one can apply the IRAC methodology to the logical reasoning section of the LSAT. The material on the video is from PrepTest 74, Section 2, which is also available on the LSAC website.


Pre-Law Advisors

  • For Wilf Campus Advisement and Beren Campus Advisement: Illana Julius

Jacob Hecht Pre-Law Society

For information on the Jacob Hecht Pre-Law society, please email the club presidents:


Scholarships and Awards

Pre-law students are eligible for a range of scholarships and competitive awards based on your excellent academic record and evidence of leadership.

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