The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law is the law school of Yeshiva University, located in New York City. The school is named for Supreme Court Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo. Cardozo's success as a young school has been remarkable, leading some to characterize Cardozo as a "rising star" among law schools. Among the top 100 law schools, only three schools are younger than Cardozo, which graduated its first class in 1979. Cardozo is currently ranked 75th by U.S. News and World Report ranking of law schools. Its intellectual property program is ranked 6th, and its dispute resolution program is ranked 7th.
While Cardozo is noted for its academic strengths in numerous areas of study, its intellectual property and dispute resolution programs are particularly well-reputed and consistently ranked within the top ten in the country by U.S. News. The school introduced the Cardozo Data Law Initiative in 2013, building on its IP and Information Law strength and created a startup technology clinic building its program in business, technology and law.
The school is also home to the Innocence Project, run by Cardozo Professor Barry Scheck, which is known for using DNA profiling to help free innocent prisoners. The project is frequently reported on in the national news, and its work has been instrumental in some high-profile cases.
Signifying its recognition by long-established law schools, in 1999 Cardozo became a member of the Order of the Coif, an honor society for law scholars. Cardozo has had two graduates chosen to clerk for the U.S. Supreme Court. Cardozo was only the second U.S. law school to secure an invitation to The European Law Moot Court Competition competition, and the first American law school to be invited twice consecutively.
Many of Cardozo's 12,000 alumni reside in the New York metropolitan area, and they have a considerable presence in New York City, although many Cardozo graduates pursue their careers internationally and can be found across the country. In 2013, 88% of the law school's first-time test takers passed the bar exam, placing the law school sixth-best among New York's 15 law schools. According to Cardozo's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 54.3% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.