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Cornell Law School

Cornell Law School

Cornell Law School Myron Taylor Hall Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Cornell Law School was founded in 1887 in Ithaca, New York. It is a private university with an acceptance rate of 15.41%. Admitted students have a median LSAT score of 171 and a median GPA of 3.86 during their undergraduate. Students represent 133 undergraduate institutions and 33 states.

For the class entering the program in fall of 2021 there were 5,998 applications, 924 applications were accepted, and 190 students chose to enroll. 15% of the class are international students, 32% are minorities, and 54% are women. Students are 23 years old, on average.

There is a required interview as a part of the admissions process. Additionally, students must submit their LSAT score and two recommendation letters. The fee to apply is $80 and the school does provide a veteran application fee waiver.

Tuition at Cornell is $74,098 and the school awards more than 4 million in aid each year to law students. Over 80% of students receive some form of scholarship. Additionally, there are GI Bill benefits available.

There are ten concentrations to explore including Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Human Rights, International and Comparative Law, Empirical Legal Studies, and more. Students may also choose to complete an MBA, MILR, MPA, or PhD concurrently with their JD. The program prioritizes small group work, small classes, collaborative assignments, specialized seminars, and directed research. Every JD student is required to complete six credits of experiential learning while enrolled in the program. There is a 5 to 1 student/faculty ratio.

97% of graduates are employed within ten months of earning their JD. Graduates earn a median salary of . Most students are employed in New York, California, or Washington, D.C. 179 graduates from the class of 2021 are employed in a position where bar passage is required and 5 are employed in a position where a JD is an advantage. Additionally, 14 students hold clerkships (7 at the federal level and 7 at the state, local, or territorial level).

97.93% of graduates pass the bar exam within two years. 12 from the class of 2021 are employed in small law firms (250 or less) and 143 are employed in large law firms (251 or more).

Cornell is located near Cayuga Lake which is the largest of the Finger Lakes. There are numerous state parks to explore and everywhere you look there is natural beauty. Additionally, Ithaca provides shops, restaurants, nightlight, and cultural activities. The area is the perfect balance of beautiful countryside and urban amenities. On campus, students may also explore over 40 student-led organizations.

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Length of Program
3 Years

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Employed 10 months post graduation:

    • First Generation Students: -
    • International students: 15%
    • Average age(years): 23
    • Minority students: 32%
    • Women: 54%
    • Veterans: -
    • LGBTQ: -
    • Graduates that passed the bar exam within 2 years: 97.93%
    • Number of graduates employed by law firms (by size) 250 and less: 12
    • Number of graduates employed by law firms (by size) 251 and above: 143
    • Median salary of graduate: -

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