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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.

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.

Construction Law and Real Estate Law
(Tuesday, December 8, 2021)

Special Speakers: Gary Strong, Esq., Partner,  Gfeller Laurie LLP, and Tova Lutz, Esq., The Lutz Law Firm, LLC. Also thank you to the co-sponsors, The YU Real Estate Club.

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2021 Constitution Day Event
Vaccine Mandates and the Constitution

Listen to the Zoom recording at:

Special Thanks to our Featured Speaker:

Professor Michael Herz
Arthur Kaplan Professor of Law
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Professor Michael Herz

Professor Herz came to Cardozo as staff attorney at Environmental Defense Fund, after previously serving as clerk for both Associate Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court and for Chief Judge Levin H. Campbell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He was Cardozo's Vice Dean from 2006 to 2009 and served as Senior Associate Dean from 1996 to 2000.  For many years he directed Cardozo's Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy and he has also been co-director of the Israeli Supreme Court Project.


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

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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