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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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5:1
Student-to-faculty ratio
200
Approximate size of entering class
98.2%
Employed 10 months after graduation

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
Kamela Dino
Assistant Director of Admissions
Phone:
607-255-5141
Bryan Vliet
Director of Financial Aid
Phone:
(607) 255-5141
Amy Lucero
Enrollment & Operations Coordinator
Phone:
(607) 255-5141
Jenn Forbes
Administrative Assistant
Phone:
607-255-5141
In honor of Pride month, today we celebrate Cornell Law School alumna Sharice Davids '10! Davids made history when she became one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress and the first openly gay representative from Kansas. Click the link in our bio for recent news on Sharice Davids!🏳️‍🌈 #pride #pridemonth #lgbtqia
Cornell Law School is dramatically increasing its support for graduates pursuing public service careers, setting a new standard among the nation’s top law schools. Beginning in June 2024, Cornell Law will increase the salary cap eligible for full reimbursement for federal loans from $80,000 to $120,000 for graduates in public service jobs. Further, Cornell Law will also offer partial reimbursements for those with salaries between $120,000 and $150,000. Depending on the circumstances, the plan may eliminate the entirety of law school debt for some graduates. Click the link in our bio for more information!
"The advanced Campus Mediation Practicum has given me the opportunity to strengthen my mediation skills in a professional context and challenged me to reconsider my perspective about the purpose and impact of conflict resolution. Through the practicum, I have mentored students across various departments, actively participated in Cornell University's broader conflict resolution apparatus, and trained to become certified as a court-appointed mediator in the state of Montana. The teaching and learning opportunities as a mentor have inspired me to set the professional example I hope to encounter in the legal workplace and beyond." 

Grace Traore '24 highlights the impact that experiential learning has had on her career. Check out the link in our bio to learn more about the Campus Mediation Practicum.
Convocation is upon us! Don't forget to tag us in your graduation photos and videos this Saturday, and use #CLSGrad24
Cornell Law clinics give students the opportunity to participate in cases that shape important legal precedent. Last week, students in Cornell Law's Transnational Disputes Clinic traveled to Washington, D.C. to watch the US Supreme Court hear argument in United States v. Muñoz. The clinic filed an amicus brief in the case, which is contrary to the Biden administration's arguments that affording U.S. citizens due process in visa denial cases is impractical, and would jeopardize the United States' foreign relations and national security interests. To learn more about the Transnational Law Clinic, check out the link in our bio.  #CornellLaw #CornellLawClinics

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