Cornell Law School

Cornell Law School, located in Ithaca, New York, is a graduate school of Cornell University. It is one of the five Ivy League law schools. The law school offers four types of law degrees, an array of programs and institutes, and over 120 courses for its students. Programs at the law school can be supplemented by the rich academic resources available in other units of Cornell University. The law school's faculty is one of the most prolific in the nation, and is also known for its excellence in classroom teaching. Among the profession, Cornell retains an excellent reputation: its graduates have the sixth highest percent placement at the top 50 law firms. Additionally, Cornell's New York bar pass rate for first-time candidates is always among the highest of any law school in New York state. The Cornell Law School was formally opened in 1887, but was moved to its present-day location at Myron Taylor Hall in 1937. The law school building, an ornate, Gothic structure, was the result of a donation by Myron Charles Taylor, a former CEO of US Steel, and a member of the Cornell class of 1894. An addition to Myron Taylor Hall, the Jane M.G. Foster wing, was completed in 1988. Ms. Foster was a member of the class of 1918, and was the first woman to serve as Editor in Chief on an American law review.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Website (Website) http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu
Admissions Dean (Admissions Dean) JDadmissions@cornell.edu
Location (Location) Ithaca, NY
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Quick Facts

Founded : 1887
ABA Accredited : Yes
AALS Member : Yes

Rankings

US News Week : 13
Vault Top 25 : 13
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Median LSAT : 167
Median GPA : 3.68
Acceptance Rate : 30%


Cornell Law School Admissions

Cornell Law School is considered a Moderately Competitive law school, which accepts only 30% of its applicants. Comparatively, Cornell is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

  Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2018 4054 1181 (29.13%) 191 (4.7%)
  25% Median 75%
GPA 3.54 3.68 3.77
LSAT 166 167 169

Tuition And Financial AID

  In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $55,301 $55,301
Part Time N/A N/A
Living Expenses  
Living on-campus: $19,460
Living off-campus: $19,460
Living at home: $19,460

Important Dates

Early Decision 1 : 11/01
Early Decision 2 : N/A
Regular Decision : 02/01
Application Fee : $80

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Cornell Law School Community

Cornell Law School is considered to have a Highly Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Cornell is Above Average.

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FACULTY STATISTICS

  • Full Time : 50
  • Part Time : 23

FACULTY

  • # Female Faculty : 20
  • # Minority Faculty : 8

RATIO

9.4 Students

1 Faculty

HOUSING OPTIONS

  • On Campus Housing : Yes
  • Graduate Housing : Yes
  • Law Specific Housing : Yes

Cornell Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Cornell University 1L section size is 30% larger than law schools in New York and 34% larger than all Private law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Cornell Law School: 102
New York Average: 71
Private School Average: 67
  • Positions Available in Advanced Courses
  • Simulation Courses : 385
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics : 253
  • Students Involved in Advanced Activities
  • Field Placements : 50
  • Law Journals : 278
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials : 92

Attrition Rates

  • First Year : 0.5%
  • Second Year : 7.1%
  • Third Year : 0.0%
  • Fourth Year : 0.0%

Cornell Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Cornell University class of 2013 had an employment rate of 93% with 0% pursuing an additional degree.

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In 2013, 68.9%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

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Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 67.0%
  • Business: 2.0%
  • Government: 11.0%
  • Public Interest: 7.0%
  • Academia: 0.0%
  • New York: 59%
  • California: 7%
  • District Of Columbia: 6%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 68.9%
  • First Time Takers: 193
  • Average School: 91.7%
  • Average State: 85.0%
  • Pass Difference: 6.7%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • New York : 85.0%
  • Passed : 122 of 133 (91.7%)
  • State Average : 85.0%
  • Difference : 6.7%
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