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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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Welcome to the Class of 2025!

Visit the Admitted Student Portal to access important enrollment information, financial aid forms, and to RSVP for special events. The Admitted Student Portal is a user-friendly website designed exclusively for you to connect with our talented students, alumni, and faculty. If you have any questions, please call (607) 255-5141.

J.D Recruiting Events
“At Cornell, you learn to be a skilled attorney. Not only are you good at what you do, but you gain the power to help others in the process. ”
Renqiu Chen '24

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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
(607) 255-5141
Financial Aid Office
(607) 255-5141
J.D. Student Ambassadors
(607) 255-5141
Monica Ingram
Associate Dean, Admissions and Financial Aid
(607) 255-5141
Associate Dean
Cornell Law School
Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Michael Cummings
Director of Admissions
(607) 255-5141
Marcella Purcell
Assistant Director of Admissions
(607) 255-5141
Bryan Vliet
Director of Financial Aid
(607) 255-5141
Evangelos Theodorou
J.D. Admissions Coordinator
(607) 255-5141
Amy Lucero
Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean, Admissions and Financial Aid
(607) 255-5141
Cornell First Amendment Clinic student Andrew Gelfand (CLS ’23) and ACLU of Vermont Staff Attorney Harrison Stark argued at the Vermont Supreme Court yesterday in a case with important implications for access to Vermont public records. Several generations of Cornell Clinic students have worked on this case on behalf of news outlet VTDigger.

Pictured from left to right is Lia Ernst, Hillary Rich (CLS ’19), Stark and Gelfand. Not pictured: Co-counsel Jared Carter, Timothy Cornell (CLS ’02), and Heather Murray (CLS ’13) and Clinic student Lauren Kazen (CLS ’23). #CornellLawClinics #CornellLaw
Happy Holidays from @cornell.law.school We wish you good health and a happy new year ahead! 
Thank you for being part of our community. #HappyHolidays #CornellLawFamily
Entrepreneurship Law Clinic students recently met with Benjamin Plotke and Jiayan Wu (from left), the owners of Lev Kitchen. 

The clinic began working with the Ithaca-based food service business in the spring of 2021, and has continued to help them sort through the regulations and permits required for an expanding restaurant. #Cornell.law.school #CornellLawSchool #CornellLawClinics @levkitchenco
🦃 Happy Thanksgiving from @cornell.law.school 🦃

We are thankful for the CLS community and wish you a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday.
Today we honor military veterans of the United States Armed Forces and thank them for their service. 

Alumni Veteran Spotlight: Justin Cajero ’20

On June 5, 2022, the government of Malawi issued a press release announcing that President Lazarus Chakwera had commuted the death sentences of 22 death row prisoners. The move came after years of campaigning by human rights advocates in Malawi and beyond, including a petition authored by two students of Cornell Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic.

Welcome to Yun-chien Chang, who joins us as Director of the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture.

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