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250 Joralemon St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
p. 718-625-2200
w. www.brooklaw.edu

Brooklyn Law School

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Introduction

Founded in 1901 by Norman Heffley and William Payson, Brooklyn Law School is an institution with a rich and diverse history. Known for its excellence in academics, it was first operated by the University of the State of New York and later by St. Lawrence University; the latter institution closed it after financial difficulties during the Second World War, though alumni saved it from ruin and ensured that it would thereafter function as its own autonomous institution.

It generated controversy in its early days as one of the first law schools to open up admission to minorities and women, a fact that is fondly and proudly remembered by school faculty, students and alumni to this day.

The school is located in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, not far from the Brooklyn Bridge and hence Manhattan beyond, making it an excellent campus choice that is very popular with students.

Academics

There is a strong reputation for academic excellence at this law school, which receives its full accreditation from the American Bar Association (Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar’s Council, to be precise). The school’s curriculum, quite demanding no doubt, is approved by the Department of Education of the State of New York, and the school also happens to be a full member of the Association of American Law Schools.

As is common with most law schools, first year students have a fairly standard and set curriculum before them that focuses on the foundations of law, legal writing, contract law, etc. In order to keep students engaged and moving forward in the fist year, which is considered by many the most difficult due to the transition, there is an Academic Success Program that offers extra support and the option of getting an early start in one’s studies during the summer months. After the first year has been overcome, students will find much more flexibility and a greater number of electives to be chosen from during their second and third years of studies.

A large portion of their academic reputation is due to the impressive array of clinical programs and externship opportunities, many of which rely on the school’s proximity to countless state and federal courts, government agencies, private law offices, and so on. Through such programs, students attain a higher than average level of real-world experience involving real clients and real legal cases than is common at law schools in the US. Finally, the availability of study abroad options in countries such as Germany and China make this law school a very attractive choice.

Admissions

The admissions process is quite selective, due to the relatively limited size of its facilities and staff and the incredibly high number of applicants for each academic term. Of approximately 4,000 people that apply to study on a full-time basis at each year, little more than 1,000 are actually accepted and of that only some actually end up going on to study at the school. Not surprisingly, the average undergrad GPA is fairly high, usually above the 3.4 mark, while the average LSAT score is about 160. Students that significantly exceed these levels are likely to qualify for and receive scholarships or grants to study here.

The school requires that applicants be older than 18 years of age and must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; furthermore, the abstract requirement of “good moral character” is demanded by the school in order to be admitted. Finally, the school seeks to promote diversity in all its forms through its admissions practices and therefore applicants that can prove that they will enrich the school’s student body in a significant way will have an edge when applying for admission.

Financial Aid

Many students enrolled here receive some form of financial aid to help fund their education. There are many merit-based scholarships offered by this institution and students are encouraged to take a look at their requirements and apply. Need-grants area available as well, which can offset the cost of tuition from $1,000.00 to $18,000 per year. Public-service grants are provided so students can work during the summer in a government agency, public interest, or non-profit. Finally, federal loans are available to students who qualify.

Students

The student body is highly diverse. Various student organizations and clubs thrive on and off the campus, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Brooklyn Law School Investment Club, the Tax Law Association and the Secular Society, among many others.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Local Community

As mentioned, the location of the school is a major plus for students, who are undoubtedly benefited by the school’s prime location in the heart of the legal capital of the world, as NYC is often referred to as. Thanks to the proximity of many of the most important legal firms in the country and the world, graduates have a very high rate of employment for jobs that they have studied and been trained for.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.07
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.07
Arrest N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Brooklyn, NY 11201
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population47,746 (47,746 urban / N/A rural)
Households21,544 (1.94 people per house)
Median Household Income$56,293
Families8,961 (2.84 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Special Focus Institutions — Schools of law
UndergraduateN/A
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationN/A
EnrollmentExclusively graduate/professional
Size & SettingN/A

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work required4
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3607

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family N/A N/A N/A

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Law Degree — Tuition $50,872 $50,872
Law Degree — Required Fees $371 $371

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees N/A(N/C) N/A(N/C) N/A(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open AdmissionsN/A
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity407
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$16,627
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 10th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $157,826 ($173,043 male / $138,722 female)
Number of FT Faculty 66 (35 male / 31 female)
Number of PT Faculty 66
FT Faculty Ratio 1 : 1
Total Benefits $2,676,587
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