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J.D. Admissions

If you’re looking for a place where you can engage deeply with professors and peers, enjoy your time outside of class, and position yourself for a successful career after graduation, you’ll find it at Cornell Law School.
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Forge Your Own Path

We're not like other law schools. And we like it that way. With about 600 J.D. students, Cornell Law is a close-knit, collegial community of learners.
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“The close camaraderie of the student body and the one-on-one attention from professors lends to an individualized and personal education like none I have experienced before.”
Sophia Rogers '25

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The Right Location

We’ve been named the best college town nationally by various publications. When you visit Ithaca, you’ll see why. The backdrop to the Cornell Law experience is Ithaca, a beautiful and cosmopolitan small city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. 
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“The small class size was most important to me, I wanted to feel like I was a part of something wherever I went. The incredible alumni networks also made Cornell Law the right place for me.”
Leslie Ramirez '24

Contact Admissions

J.D. Admissions
Phone:
(607) 255-5141
J.D. Student Ambassadors
Phone:
(607) 255-5141
Financial Aid Office
Phone:
(607) 255-5141
Shane Cooper
Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Phone:
607-255-5141
Michael Cummings
Executive Director of Admissions
Phone:
(607) 255-5141
Bryan Vliet
Director of Financial Aid
Phone:
(607) 255-5141
Amy Lucero
JD Admissions Coordinator
Phone:
(607) 255-5141
Jenn Forbes
Administrative Assistant
Phone:
607-255-5141
We are kicking off Women's History Month here at Cornell Law School by recognizing Mary Kennedy Brown—the Law School's first woman lawyer in 1893! Learn more about Brown and all the notable women graduates that followed her by clicking the link in our bio! #CornellLawSchool #CornellUniversity #WomensHistoryMonth
In honor of Black History Month, join us in recognizing the accomplishments of George W. Fields, who was Cornell Law School’s first Black American graduate and one of the first three Black Americans to graduate from the university. Learn more by clicking the link in our bio! #CornellLawSchool #CornellUniversity #blackhistorymonth
Experiential learning is at the heart of a Cornell Law School education, something Lucy Oh ’25 experienced firsthand as part of our Advanced Immigration Law & Advocacy Clinic. Lucy gained valuable real world experience while providing a vital service to our immigrant communities locally and regionally. 

Visit the link in our bio to learn how you can help strengthen and enhance these experiences!

@waeroo
Wishing everyone in our community a happy and safe holiday season!❄️ #CornellLawSchool #holidayseason #happyholidays
"The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Clinic gives me the opportunity to work directly with clients, something that traditional law school courses do not."
Claire Dobbs '24 is just one CLS student lending her skills and knowledge to our local community. 

Read more about this collaborative effort with the Dyson School, at the link in our bio.

#cornelllawschool 

@claire19dobbs @cornelldysonschool
Veterans Law Practicum faculty co-lead, Professor Jimmy Hardwick, joined @WHCUradio on the All Things Equal show earlier this fall to discuss the critical gap that Cornell’s Law’s newest practicum fills for former servicemen and women. To learn more about how you can support the Veterans Law Practicum in the final days of their crowdfunding efforts, visit the link in our bio.
Good luck to all our students on final exams this week, don’t forget to bundle up!❄️📝
📸 credit: @cornelluniversity

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