Vault Rating: 4.5 out of 5


  • Impressive student-to-faculty ratio allows unprecedented access to professors
  • Clinic options offer students real world legal experience
  • Numerous job fairs attract firms from the tri-state area and beyond
  • Extensive alumni network


  • Harrowing first-year course load
  • The social life in the small Ithaca community leaves much to be desired
  • Admission is highly selective for the limited number of seats

The Bottom Line

  • Cornell Law School has a reputation for its rigorous and challenging program, but the end result is worth the effort. As a member of the Ivy League, Cornell’s reputation, selectivity and real-world education makes the school a hotbed for recruitment.


Of the 4,054 applicants Cornell Law School receives each year, only 195-199 students are chosen for the J.D. program. Admission is highly competitive and those responsible for reviewing applications examine a number of determining factors to determine who makes the cut each year. 

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