The Law School at Cornell University

The Law School at Cornell University

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Richard D. Geiger
Application deadline February 1
Full-time program application fee $80
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The Law School at Cornell University

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 20.7% – Low
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.63
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 168

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 20.7%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 166-169
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.5-3.77
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.63
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 168

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Applicants N/A
Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./LL.M. International Legal Studies J.D./M.P.A.
JD/Master en Droit French Law Degree J.D./M.A.
JD/Master Global Business Law J.D./I.L.A. (Intn’l Legal Affairs)
J.D./M.LL.P. German Law Degree J.D./Ph.D.
J.D./M.B.A.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Students benefit not only from the small class size and well-known collegial learning environment, but also from exchange programs in 16 countries, a summer program in Paris, a very large array of externships, numerous live-client clinics, and various centers and institutes. Get more info at www.lawschool.cornell.edu
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 140
Seminars 46
Positions available in seminars 736
Positions available in simulation courses 238
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 172
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Almost half of eligible students participate on law reviews and journals, and in moot court activities. Student organizations number in the 30s, and the large Ivy-League research university of which we are a part offers an even more extensive range of possibilities both formal and informal. Get more info at www.lawschool.cornell.edu

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 103
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 34
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 590
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 162
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 166
Full-time students involved in field placements 42
Full-time students involved in law journals 308
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 92
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 56

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? N/A
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 10.0:1 – Low
Full- and part-time faculty 82
Full-time minority faculty 17.0%
Part-time minority faculty 0.0%
Total faculty 90
Total faculty (men) 64.4%
Total faculty (women) 35.6%
Total faculty (minorities) 11.1%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#14 Best Law Schools

Specialties

#14 in International Law
#8 in Law Firms Rank Schools

Law Ranking Scores

Score 81
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 4.2
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 4.4
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.5-3.77
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.63
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 166-169
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 168
Acceptance rate 20.7% – Low
Student-faculty ratio 10.0:1 – Low
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 95.3% – High
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 96.9% – High
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 92.8% – High
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NY
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 76.4%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 612

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 612

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) N/A
Gender distribution (part-time) N/A

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 6.8%
Second-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Third-year students discontinuing law school 0.5%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 2.9%
Female students discontinuing law school 2.0%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Patina Janisko
Financial aid phone (607) 255-5141
Financial aid application deadline March 15

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $53,150 per year
Room and board $11,250
Books $1,100
Miscellaneous expenses $6,880
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? Yes
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 36.9%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 8.5%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $15,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $10,000–$24,150
Full-time students receiving grants 45.4%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $129,918
Proportion who borrowed 79.5%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 215,968
Microform titles 16,907
Electronic titles 26,408
Other non-book titles 2,184
Total titles 261,467
Volumes (excluding microforms) 574,365
Volume equivalent microforms 204,936
Total volumes and volume equivalents 779,301
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 132
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 49
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 9
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 2
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 44
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 15
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 40
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 0

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 10
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 34
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 45
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 26
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 63,080
Total seats available for library users 416
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The law school is located in historic Myron Taylor Hall on Cornell’s breathtaking 745 acre main campus. The library offers the extensive resources and support expected in a top school. Classrooms feature the latest in teaching technology and the inspiring moot court facility serves as a training-ground for students, sitting judges, and practicing lawyers. Find out more at www.lawschool.cornell.edu

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NY
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 92.8% – High
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 76.4%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 192
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 95.3%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 96.9%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 100.0%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 95.3%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.1%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 2.1%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.5%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 100.0%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 96.9%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.1%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 0.5%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.5%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Median private sector starting salary $160,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 83%
Median public service starting salary $61,245

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 1.1%
Percent employed in business and industry 1.6%
Percent employed in government 4.3%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 6.5%
Percent employed in law firms 83.3%
Percent employed in public interest 3.2%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 61%
Graduates employed out-of-state 36.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 3%
Number of states where graduates are employed 18
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 5.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 65.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 2.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 1.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 12.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 9.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 2.0%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Four professionals, two dedicated to public service, provide customized advising services to students. They also conduct workshops throughout the year and host job fairs around the country, in addition to arranging a full schedule of on-campus interviews. This results not just in the highest placement rates, but in very satisfied graduates. Find out more at www.lawschool.cornell.edu

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 100.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 0.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions N/A
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 0.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions N/A
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 0.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions N/A