From the School

Founded in 1901, Brooklyn Law School offers a vibrant intellectual community emphasizing teaching excellence, leading-edge scholarship, and an innovative academic program designed to prepare students for a wide range of fields of specializations. It is an independent institution, unaffiliated with any university or college, and the only law school in Brooklyn. The Law School offers students flexible J.D. degree options, including a part-time 4-year program ranked 17th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

We not only offer our students an exceptional education in the law, but we also provide them with the essential building blocks for a successful career: real-world experience, a strong network, and a supportive community.

Overview

From The School


Applicants
3,660
Acceptance Rate
47%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.44
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
395

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
155 - 160

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$0

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
Yes

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Overall


Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
233

40
Female
12
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

Since 1901, Brooklyn Law School has been educating promising law students in a range of fields, from torts to civil liberties to intellectual property, calling upon its “expansive network in New York City” to connect with alumni and field training opportunities. Today, the diverse school consists of 1,000 students who have access to more than 200 courses and a curriculum that blends classroom academics (with a special emphasis on legal research and writing) with experiential learning. The renowned clinical program is designed to leave graduates with a comprehensive set of professional skills—every student must take at least one clinic or externship to graduate—which means Brooklyn Law is “known for producing great practical lawyers.” Plus, students find these clinical opportunities to be “highly encouraged and fairly prestigious [while offering] great networking.” One adds, “The clinics are an incredible addition to help with the practice side and experience.” Another goes on to say, “The legal writing team is excellent in providing a firm background in legal research and drafting, which makes acclimating to summer jobs far easier.” For added innovation, the school incorporates Hybrid In-House Clinics, which are seminars taught by instructors working at an outside office or agency. In each seminar, the students act as the lawyer, having the chance to perform in situations that range from the Housing Rights Clinic or a Prosecution Clinic at the Brooklyn District Attorney's office.

The “simply brilliant” Brooklyn Law professors “are from prestigious backgrounds and careers.” But perhaps equally important, they enjoy “engaging students and passing on their passion for the law.” The school's “classroom experience is excellent,” but the professor's passion extends beyond that: They are “always … happy to meet outside of class for discussions or extra help.” One shares, “I have been thoroughly impressed with the scholarship of the majority of my professors.”

Being in New York City's largest borough puts Brooklyn Law within blocks of some of the busiest courts, law offices, and government agencies in the country, and “the school cultivates great relationships with the local state and federal court systems” to the point where “many intern during the summer or [a school] semester.” Facilities-wise, the library “is currently being renovated [to be] top-notch,” and “the library staff and other administrators are helpful and friendly.” Another student says, “You can tell that the administration is thoughtful about the students and the faculty.” As the cherry on top of a solid city education, Brooklyn Law's 23,000-strong alumni network spans the globe and “is involved and enthusiastic about helping students get jobs, find careers, and attend events as both guests and lecturers.” Overall, the school's “strong presence in big law and vast network in the New York City area is something to be proud about.”

Career overview

From The School


Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
83%
Median Starting Salary
$80,000
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
91%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
57%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
No

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
110

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Bronx District Attorney's Office; Brooklyn Legal Services; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft; Cahill Gordon; Cleary Gottlieb; Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP; Deloitte LLP; Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; Duane Morris; Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C.; Ernst & Young, LLP; Goldman Sachs; Goodwin Proctor, LLP; Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, LLP; J.P. Morgan Chase; Kings County District Attorney's Office; KPMG LLP; Miami-Dade State Attorney?s Office; Morgan Stanley; NYC Law Department; New York County District Attorney's Office; Proskauer Rose; Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; The Legal Aid Society; U.S. Department of Justice; U.S. JAG Corps; Venable; White & Case

Graduates Employed by Area

51%
Private Practice
13%
Business/Industry
12%
Government
10%
Public Interes
4%
Judicial Clerkships
1%
Academic

Graduates Employed by Region

86%
Mid-Atlantic
2%
Pacific
1%
International
1%
South West
1%
New England

Prominent Alumni

David Dinkins
Mayor, City of New York

Larry A Silverstein
Chairman, Silverstein Properties (One World Trade Center)

Susan Posen
Chair of House of Z LLC / Zac Posen

Barry Salzberg
Retired CEO of Deloitte &Touche USA, Professor of Business Strategy at Columbia Business School

Errol Louis
Host of NY1's Inside City Hall and CNN Political Commentator

Overview

From The School


Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$56,949

% Students Receiving Some Aid
91%

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$61,650
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$24,875
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$24,875
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,800
Fees
$496

Overall

From The School


Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
1,072

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
4
Average Age at Entry
26

% International
4%

Demographics

28.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

90% are full time
10% are part time
56% female
44% male

Campus Life

Students Say

“Extracurricular activities and honor societies are highly active at the school,” so most social activities take on an academic or career-shaping tint. Still, “most students are friendly and cooperative” rather than cutthroat. The honor societies (such as Moot Court, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and the Journals) “all host social events to bring their cohort together as a community,” and the school provides “good student affairs programs and mental health support.” These “strong extracurricular programs” place an “emphasis on student involvement,” and “student organizations are also generally effective at providing networking opportunities.” Here, “students are willing to work together,” so “camaraderie is strong amongst … section groups.” The school's location is near the transit hubs of Downtown Brooklyn, which “makes it really easy to access other parts of Brooklyn and anywhere in Manhattan.” But for those who don't want to travel, “there are many bars, restaurants, and other fun activities nearby.” Similarly, students find that Brooklyn housing (as opposed to Manhattan) provides “a lot more space and a relaxed neighborhood feel.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

From The School



Contact
Katherine Zhang
Assistant Director of Admissions

Address
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone
718-780-7906

Email
admitq@brooklaw.edu