CUNY Law School

General Info

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The City University of New York School of Law is a law school operated by the City University of New York (CUNY). Although adjacent to Queens College in Flushing, Queens, New York, it is administratively separate. The School opened in 1983 and "it is the only law school which, from inception, has defined its mission as training law students for public service." Accordingly, the school's motto is Law in the Service of Human Needs. CUNY School of Law's child care center was the first of its kind at a US law school. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called CUNY School of Law "an institution of incomparable value" in legal education. CUNY's focus on practical lawyering skills has had a significant impact on legal pedagogy across the nation. As a result of CUNY's leadership now many, if not most, law schools offer significant clinical opportunities for their students.

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CUNY Law School Admissions

CUNY Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 45% of its applicants. Comparatively, Cuny Queens is Significantly Lower than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 1356 608 (44.84%) 151 (11.1%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.09 3.32 3.59
LSAT 150 152 156

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $14,663 $23,983
Part Time $10,028 $16,448

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: N/A
  • Living off-campus: $19,984
  • Living at home: $7,188

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: N/A
  • Application Fee: $60

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CUNY Law School Community

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

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 38
  • Part Time: 9


  • # Female Faculty: 37
  • # Minority Faculty: 17


9.4 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

CUNY 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. CUNY Law School 1L section size is 124% smaller than law schools in New York and 61% smaller than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

CUNY Law School: 82
New York Average: 184
PUBLIC School Average: 132

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 369
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 130

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 33
  • Law Journals: 64
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 18.1%
  • Second Year: 3.9%
  • Third Year: 2.5%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

CUNY Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The CUNY Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 78% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 89.9%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 15.0%
  • Business: 13.0%
  • Government: 16.0%
  • Public Interest: 42.0%
  • Academia: 3.0%
  • New York: 83%
  • New Jersey: 7%
  • California: 2%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 89.9%
  • First Time Takers: 148
  • Average School: 77.4%
  • Average State: 78.6%
  • Pass Difference: -1.2%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • New York: 78.6%
  • Passed: 103 of 133 (77.4%)
  • State Average: 78.6%
  • Difference: -1.2%