Each fall, Stern's faculty pre-law adviser, Professor Jeanne Calderon, hosts information sessions
for students interested in law school. Also during the fall, Professor Calderon is available to
meet with seniors and alumni who are applying to law school to discuss the application process and
to review personal statements. During the spring, Professor Calderon is available to meet with all
students and alumni considering a legal career.
Message From Professor Calderon
If you would like to meet with
Professor Calderon, please click the link below for some prerequisites
Some law schools request that applicants complete and submit a "Dean's Certification" form either during the
application process or after an applicant has been accepted. This form is often used to determine if there
has been any disciplinary action taken against the applicant. (While such an infraction is not an absolute
bar to law school, it is critical that applicants are upfront about any problems).
If you are applying to a law school that requires a Deans Certification, please download, print out, and
complete our certification request form
and provide all materials specified in item IV of our form. After
we receive the completed form and all materials in item IV (mailed or hand-delivered), it will take about
two weeks for the certifications to be completed.
If you have taken a course from Professor Calderon or if you have worked closely with one of the Stern
deans, you may ask one of them to complete the form on your behalf. As an alternative, you may ask one of them
to write a full letter of recommendation for you.
Message From Brooklyn Law School
Brooklyn Law School has created an Accelerated 2-Year J.D. Program. We are the only law school in the New York metropolitan
that enables students to earn a J.D. in 24 months. Beginning in May 2014, the program is designed for select students seeking
a rigorous legal education in an abbreviated timeframe. Highly-qualified and mature students with a demonstrated ability to handle
a challenging workload are encouraged to apply. Here is a link
to a PDF that describes our 2-year program in detail. It is part of a flexible set of enrollment
options we call Brooklyn 2-3-4.
Message From Cardozo Law School
Each year, Cardozo welcomes a small group of 1L students in January. Our January program:
- has been in place for more than 25 years.
- is rigorous - January students complete their 1L courses between January 2014 - August 2014.
They then begin 2L classes in Fall 2014, allowing them to graduate only
2 1/2 years after beginning law school.
- has small class sizes for the first year of law school. In recent years, our January students have
enjoyed the benefit of taking all first-year courses in a seminar setting of approximately 20-25 students.
Professors know their students' names after the first week of class. The advantages of a first-year small
section are evident in the close and supportive relationships that develop among the students and their professors.
Our January students are fully integrated into the Cardozo community and participate in our student-run journals, clubs, clinics
and externships. Since these students take 1L academic courses over their first summer, we strongly encourage our January class to
gain practical legal experience during their second year. Programming, built into the January 1L schedule, has been specifically
tailored to assist these students with the process of securing real-world legal training. To learn more about Cardozo's experiential
opportunities, please click here
More information about the January program, and admissions process in general, can also be found on our
. Orientation for our
January 2014 program begins on Tuesday, January 7.