The 10 Best Law Schools in New York

6. St. John’s University School of Law (Queens, NY

Located in the Jamaica section of Queens, St. John’s University School of Law offers the nation’s only LL.M. in bankruptcy law. The program serves as the school’s claim to fame. Each year, St. Johns Law hosts the Conrad B. Duberstein Moot Court Competition, in partnership with the American Bankruptcy Institution. Teams from approximately 60 law schools participate in the competition, which is judged by practitioners from around the country. 

No matter what the specialization, St. Johns Law graduates find themselves well-prepared for their future endeavors. 89% of the school’s first-time test takers passed the bar exam in 2019. 82.3% of the class of 2018found full-time employment JD-required employment within nine months of graduation. 

As these numbers prove, St. Johns Law gives students the fundamental experience that they’ll need to practice law, no matter which concentration they choose. 


5. Yeshiva University Cardozo School of Law (New York, NY)

Founded in 1976, Yeshiva University Cardozo School of Law is one of the younger law schools in the country. But in its short 45 years, the school has already established itself as one of the best. 

The school offers programs in its FAME Center for fashion and entertainment law and its cutting-edge Data Law program and Blockchain Project. But YU Law’s most outstanding achievement is the Innocence Project, which works to exonerate wrongly convicted persons through DNA testing and criminal reforms. Since its establishment in 1992, the Innocence Project has successfully overturned 375 false convictions. 

YU Law offers an impressive variety of clinics through which students gain hands-on experience, including the Benjamin B. Ferencz Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic, the Tech Startup Clinic, and even the Indie Film Clinic. 


4. Fordham University School of Law (New York, NY)

Fordham University School of Law
Ajay Suresh, Fordham University School of Law, CC BY 2.0

As the forum in which some of the most important legal discussions take place, law journals are an important part of any law school program. Although most schools publish at least one journal, Fordham University School of Law puts out six law journals, each published by students. Not only that, but these journals consistently rank toward the top of the field, with the Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law cited more than any other publication. 

With experience working on such respected publications, it’s no wonder that graduates from Fordham Law frequently find positions in the nation’s 100 largest firms. But they achieve these lofty goals by starting with good students. Fordham Law draws its student body from some of the country’s best colleges and universities, including NYU, University of Michigan, and Columbia University. 

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