Law in the Service of Human Needs

Students come to CUNY Law because they want to change the world. They graduate with the skills and tools they need to make that change. Everything we do at CUNY Law is motivated by our distinctive mission: to graduate outstanding public interest and public service attorneys and to help diversify the legal profession.

Through our unique curriculum, you will engage in rigorous coursework in traditional substantive areas while learning practical skills and training with real clients. We are the national leader in progressive legal education with the strongest record of placing graduates in in-demand public interest and public service jobs.

Aside from being the premier public interest law school in the country, CUNY Law is among the most affordable law schools anywhere. With annual in-state tuition and fees of just $14,470, you can pursue your passion without incurring crushing debt.

PreLaw magazine ranks CUNY Law as the #1 law school in the nation for public interest, and National Jurist ranks the law school second in the nation for diversity. U.S. News & World Report ranks CUNY fourth in the nation for “Best Clinical Programs,” and in the top ten for diversity. Lawyers of Color’s Black Student’s Guide to Law Schools ranks CUNY Law in the top five best regional law schools for the East Coast. INSIGHT Into Diversity has given CUNY Law its Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.


Community & Economic DevelopmentCommunity & Economic Development

The Community & Economic Development (CED) Clinic serves community-based organizational clients—such as nonprofit organizations, worker-owned cooperatives, and tenant associations—that are creating viable neighborhood institutions and organizing for social and economic justice.

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Criminal DefenseCriminal Defense

Student defenders in the criminal defense clinic represent indigent clients charged with misdemeanors in the New York City Criminal Court. Students perform the full range of tasks associated with criminal defense, including interviewing, negotiating, counseling, and the full range of pretrial and trial responsibilities

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Economic JusticeEconomic Justice

Students in the Economic Justice Project provide direct representation to hundreds of CUNY undergraduates fighting to keep their public assistance benefits and to advance their right to pursue college educations.

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Elder LawElder Law

Students represent clients who are grappling with a variety of legal issues and problems related to aging and incapacity. Students work primarily in the areas of adult guardianships, estate and incapacity planning, and government benefits.

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Students examine the meaning of equality, the ways the law promotes or limits equality, and whether the professional role of the lawyer enhances equality for the client and for society, specifically in the areas of employment discrimination.

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Family LawFamily Law

Working within an interdisciplinary model with social work and other professionals, students work on a range of issues such as child welfare/child protection, juvenile justice, immigration, custody, visitation, support, orders of protection, and other family law issues.

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Health LawHealth Law

Students learn the law and skills needed to represent individual and institutional clients in a wide variety of litigation and non-litigation settings.

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Immigrant RightsImmigrant Rights

Students learn to advance social and economic justice through a reflective practice on behalf of individual immigrants and activist groups.

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International Women’s Human RightsInternational Women’s Human Rights

CUNY Law students engage in cutting-edge human rights work under close clinical supervision, providing students broad experience in human rights practice.

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As mediators, students help parties resolve landlord tenant, family, neighbor and employment-related disputes.

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