Overview

Applicants
3,473
Acceptance Rate
52%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.34
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
370

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
154 - 159

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

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
233

40
Female
12
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

Praising its proximity to one of the biggest law markets in the world, as well as the “very wide ranging” scope of its clinic programs, Brooklyn Law School students enjoy the multiple flexible options the school offers for them to earn their law degrees. As far as rankings go, “BLS knows that it’s not the #1 . . . school in the most saturated legal market in the world, and as a result its focus on helping students carve out their niche in something other than Big Law is both smart and admirable.” Brooklyn Law also has four academic journals—”a decent percentage of our student body writes for a journal,” says one student—and an award-winning moot court program. For those students looking to pursue careers in public interest law, Brooklyn Law offers the Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship Program; Sparer Fellows aim to bring adequate legal services to under-represented constituencies.
Professors on the whole are “accessible, attentive, and eager to challenge students to reach their potential” and students praise the recent appointment of Dean Nicholas Allard, “a great addition to the school [who] has provided much of the stability and forward-thinking that the school needed.” While a small minority note that some professors “often lack actual real world experience” or “could use a pedagogy refresher,” most Brooklyn Law students “cannot say enough great things about the faculty at BLS,” noting that the “faculty members here are the greatest asset of Brooklyn Law.” The school’s prime location near both the Southern and Eastern District Courts of New York mean that “many judges and prosecutors…work as…adjunct[s],” with one student noting that “I’ve been taught by academics, public defenders, prosecutors, judges, and niche field experts.” Students also praise Brooklyn Law’s “vast and diverse alumni” network and school’s extensive externship program. The school’s clinic program is unique in that students are allowed to take as many as 30 clinical credits, which means a clinic per semester. At Brooklyn Law School, opportunities for students to gain practical experience while attending school include In-House Clinic programs taught by full-time faculty, as well as programs supervised by adjunct faculty at law offices, government agencies, and nonprofits. Students also enroll in Externships that allow them to work in both public and private sector placements in the five boroughs and beyond (enrollment in either a clinic or an externship is a graduation requirement).
Students consistently note the need for expanded options for evening classes: “The school should expand and improve its evening program by making the hours more favorable, adding more class offerings at night, and expanding clinics to evening hours.” Others note that specific career counselors assigned to part-time students would be beneficial and that Brooklyn Law “need[s] to develop more resources into the part-time program which was, at one point, amongst the best in the nation.” The administration in general gets mixed reviews, with some students describing the school as “highly responsive,” while others lament the “understaffed” career center, where some would “like more support…especially help geared towards students that want to pursue transactional work, rather than litigation or public interest work.”

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
77%
Median Starting Salary
$80,000
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
89%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
46%

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 Region

1%
International
1%
South West
1%
Pacific

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

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$49,826

% Students Receiving Some Aid
94%

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$1,828
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$22,650
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$22,650
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,400
Fees
$396

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
1,081

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
22
Average Age at Entry
25

% International
4%

Demographics

31.30%
% Under-represented Minorities

88% are full time
12% are part time
52% female
48% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Most students seem over “the whole ‘Brooklyn is so cool!’ line of gushing” when it comes to location (“look where NYU and Cardozo are located—the shopping and dining options are pretty comparable”) but concede that “for the starry-eyed 22-year-old, Brooklyn sounds like the coolest place to live and study.” It seems to come down to whether students attend Brooklyn Law directly from college or are part of the not insignificant number of older students or those with families; the latter “feel a little incongruent, but are nevertheless part of the group and are made to feel included when possible.” Not all students associate the school with a “work hard/play hard” ethic, or “frat culture,” though it’s generally agreed that Brooklyn Law students “take their studies (and their Moot Court, and their externships and clinical placements) very seriously.” The environment is such that one student was pleasantly surprised to discover that “I’ve found myself reading and researching and processing the material independently and continuing debate and discussion of the issues with my friends out of sheer interest—and my classmates have done the same.” In terms of diversity on campus, according to some, Brooklyn Law’s student clubs “cater to the diversity of the students,” and there are “many ethnicity/religion-based clubs, as well as political groups and social justice groups.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Nicole Whitsett
Associate Director of Admissions

Address
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone
718-780-7906

Email
admitq@brooklaw.edu