Brooklyn Law School

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Henry W. Haverstick III
Application deadline N/A
Full-time program application fee $0
Part-time program application fee $0
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 28.8% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.36
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 163

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 30.7%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 161-165
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.2-3.55
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.38
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 163

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 17.8%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 157-162
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.14-3.44
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.31
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 159

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.A. Political Science
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.S. Library & Information Science
J.D./M.S. City & Regional Planning
J.D./M.U.P.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Nationally renowned clinics: criminal justice,civil litigation, dispute resolution, and business transactions. Fellowships: int’l business, public interest, human rights, and bankruptcy. Centers:business law & regulation, int’l business law; health, science & public policy; law, language & cognition. Excellent Writing Program. Study in Argentina,China,England,Germany,Ireland,Israel,Italy.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 207
Seminars 86
Positions available in seminars 1,377
Positions available in simulation courses 1,373
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 407
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Law Review and Journals of International Law; Law and Policy; and Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law. Renowned Moot Court teams awarded 24 national championships and 43 other first prizes in the past 12 years. Nearly 50 student organizations. Numerous lectures, roundtables and symposia enable students to meet and network with international scholars and bar leaders.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 48
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 41
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 1,215
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 981
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 393
Full-time students involved in field placements 688
Full-time students involved in law journals 287
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 110
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 51

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 27
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 53
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 122
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 14
Part-time students involved in field placements 23
Part-time students involved in law journals 12
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 7
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 6

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 17.6:1 – High
Full- and part-time faculty 147
Full-time minority faculty 9.0%
Part-time minority faculty 7.5%
Total faculty 157
Total faculty (men) 63.1%
Total faculty (women) 36.9%
Total faculty (minorities) 8.3%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#65 Best Law Schools

(3) Ranking by Specialties

#81 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#19 in Legal Writing
#3 in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 50
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.7
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.0
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.19-3.54
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.36
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 160-165
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 163
Acceptance rate 28.8% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 17.6:1 – High
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 65.9% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 81.2% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 89.2% – Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NY
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 76.4%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 1376

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 1,204

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 172

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 7.9%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 0.2%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 2.6%
Female students discontinuing law school 2.7%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Nancy Zahzam
Financial aid phone (718) 780-7915
Financial aid application deadline N/A

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $48,416 per year
Part-time: $36,394 per year
Room and board $17,765
Books $1,400
Miscellaneous expenses $5,178
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? No
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? Yes
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? No
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 38.4%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 42.4%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 6.6%
Median grant amount $25,432
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $11,600–$37,900
Full-time students receiving grants 87.4%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 22.7%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 12.2%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 1.7%
Median grant amount $11,475
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $6,400–$23,325
Part-time students receiving grants 36.6%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $99,681
Proportion who borrowed 85.0%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 69,781
Microform titles 97,832
Electronic titles 38,114
Other non-book titles 2,310
Total titles 208,037
Volumes (excluding microforms) 268,922
Volume equivalent microforms 321,053
Total volumes and volume equivalents 589,975
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia No

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 108
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 80
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 20
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 8
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 75
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 6
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 81
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 80
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 5
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 1
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 75
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 6

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 20
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 216
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 1,584
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 110
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 74
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 78,082
Total seats available for library users 665
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) State-of-the-art academic building. One of largest law libraries in NYC (over 589,000 volumes, 298 interdisciplinary databases, 27 group study rooms, seating for 665). Wireless internet throughout all buildings; 2,400 wired network connections in academic buildings and Feil Hall residence. Nine residence halls in Brooklyn Heights Historic District. All students guaranteed housing for first year.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NY
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 89.2% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 76.4%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 463
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 65.9%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 81.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 2.2%
Graduates whose employment status is known 97.8%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 65.9%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 1.3%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 18.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 11.9%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 2.6%
Graduates whose employment status is known 97.4%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 81.2%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 1.3%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 9.3%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 5.6%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $65,000
Median private sector starting salary $117,500
75th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 48%
Median public service starting salary $60,250

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 0.8%
Percent employed in business and industry 18.4%
Percent employed in government 19.9%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 6.9%
Percent employed in law firms 46.3%
Percent employed in public interest 7.2%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.5%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 83%
Graduates employed out-of-state 16.2%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 19
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 2.1%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 88.3%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.5%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.5%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 3.7%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.1%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 1.3%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 1.6%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations 10-attorney professional staff: a Director with over 20 years of multifaceted experience, 7 counselors and 2 employer relations specialists. National network of 19,300 alumni. Fall On-Campus Interview Program attracts prestigious national law firms. Public Service Office for students pursuing public interest and government jobs. Participant in diversity job fairs and other diversity opportunities.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 75.7%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 95.1%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 17.6%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 97.0%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 5.9%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 95.5%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 0.8%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 66.7%