Cornell University

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The Law School at Cornell University has an application deadline of February 1. The full-time program application fee at the Law School at Cornell University is $80. Its tuition is full-time: $57,270 per year. The student-faculty ratio is 10.3:1. The Law School at Cornell University has 87 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

First year students at Cornell University Law School get an early introduction to the profession through the Lawyering Program, which teaches skills used by practicing attorneys and wraps up with Moot Court arguments. In addition to the traditional three-year J.D. program, Cornell Law offers joint degrees including a J.D./MBA in conjunction with the highly ranked Johnson School of Management and a J.D./M.P.A. through courses at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs.

Students can also get involved in pro bono work early on through the Public Service Challenge at Cornell, which encourages students to participate in community service through initiatives such as the Cornell Prison Education Project, which teaches the law to inmates, and the Student Hurricane Network, a group that has volunteered in New Orleans.

The school has about 20 research centers, institutes and programs, including the Death Penalty Project and Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative, and has about five legal journals. Cornell Law School partners with Sorbonne Law School at the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne to offer a five-week Paris Summer Institute, where law students gain training in comparative and international law. About 25 percent of first year law students opt to live on campus in the Law School residence, Hughes Hall.

Notable alumni of Cornell Law School include Philip Perry, former U.S. Department of Homeland Security General Counsel, and David Litman and Robert Diener, co-founders of

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Year founded 1887
Public/private Private
Law school designation National


Application deadline February 1
Full-time program application fee $80
Part-time program application fee N/A
Admissions phone (607) 255-5141
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 87
Student-faculty ratio 10.3:1
Total faculty 97

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 576
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 193


Tuition and fees

full-time: $57,270 per year

Room and board $11,250


Employed at graduation2 77.9%
Median private sector starting salary $160,000
Median public service starting salary $60,742


Total volumes and volume equivalents 774,093

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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