At Cornell Law we have many strong academic programs ranging from International Law to Corporate Law to Labor Law. The best way to find information about our academic programs is to visit our faculty profiles website and our curriculum website.
The First Year Class is divided into six sections of approximately 32 students.
During the Fall semester, you will have one class that will only include your section of 32 students. Your legal research and writing class will also be taught in a class of 32 students. Please visit here for more information about the First Year at Cornell Law.
Yes, there are both formal and informal academic support programs. During the First Year, students have the opportunity to work with an academic support counselor as well as upper-class students. Also, students have the opportunity to be assigned a faculty and/or a student mentor.
Cornell Law is a small legal community, so there are many opportunities for informal academic support. Students can easily interact with their classmates and faculty.
Yes. One of the cornerstones of the Cornell Law faculty is their accessibility to students.
As the largest and most academically diverse Ivy League University, Cornell offers a robust number of joint degree programs. We currently offer the following joint degree programs:
You use our law school application and the application for each respective program.
Each program within the joint degree has separate admission procedures and separate applications. You must be admitted to both programs separately, before you can enter the joint degree.
The requirements vary for each respective degree program.
Yes. Cornell Law students enjoy a number of cutting-edge clinical programs, including:
No. You may choose to tailor your schedule of classes, following your first year, toward your interests and career goals. We offer the following concentrations:
Cornell Law students may apply to spend a semester abroad during the Spring semester of their second year of law school, or during the Fall semester of their third year. Cornell Law School currently has study abroad agreements with twelve partner schools. It is also possible for a student to design an individual “term away” at a foreign law faculty.
Cornell Law has robust job placement rate and our students secure top positions across the entire country. The employment statistics for recent classes can be found here.
Cornell Law has a deep commitment to helping students work for the public interest. The Assistant Dean for Public Service, Karen Comstock, dedicates all of her time to offering students a wealth of information about how to successfully pursue public interest employment.
Our Public Interest Low Income Protection Plan is one of the most supportive loan-forgiveness programs in the nation. Cornell Law established this loan repayment assistance program for graduates who prefer employment in low-income public interest or public sector jobs to more lucrative private law practice positions. Qualifying graduates apply only a certain percentage of their annual incomes to repay the law school educational loans. The difference in the loan is provided by a grant issued by Cornell Law School during each year a graduate is in the program. More information and a PDF copy of the plan can be obtained by clicking here (pdf).
Students who wish to work with public interest organizations during the summer may be eligible for Public Interest Fellowship grants. The grants are made possible through a combination of creative fundraising activities organized by the student Public Interest Law Union and funds from the law school. By combining these summer Public Interest Fellowships and work-study funding, full time grants of $4,000.00 are awarded to students.