Cornell Law School

Cornell Law School is the law school of Cornell University, a private Ivy League university in Ithaca, New York. One of the five Ivy League law schools, it offers four law degree programs, JD, LLM, MSLS and JSD, along with several dual-degree programs in conjunction with other professional schools at the university. Established in 1887 as Cornell's Department of Law, the school today is one of the smallest top-tier JD-conferring institutions in the country, with around two-hundred students graduating each year. Since its inception, Cornell Law School has always ranked among the top 14 law schools in the nation, known as the T14.

Cornell Law School
Motto"Lawyers in the Best Sense"
Parent schoolCornell University
Established1887; 134 years ago (1887)
School typePrivate
Parent endowment$7.2 billion
DeanJens David Ohlin[1]
LocationIthaca, New York, United States
USNWR ranking13th (2022)[3]
Bar pass rate96.07%[2]
ABA profile

Cornell Law alumni include business executive and philanthropist Myron Charles Taylor, namesake of the law school building, along with U.S. Secretaries of State Edmund Muskie and William P. Rogers, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Samuel Pierce, the first female President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, federal judge and first female editor-in-chief of a law review Mary H. Donlon, former President of the International Criminal Court Song Sang-Hyun, as well as many members of the U.S. Congress, governors, state attorneys general, U.S. federal and state judges, diplomats and businesspeople.

Cornell Law School is home to the Legal Information Institute (LII), the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, the Cornell Law Review, the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy and the Cornell International Law Journal. The current dean of the law school is Jens David Ohlin, who assumed the role from Eduardo Peñalver in January 2021 in an interim capacity, until his elevation to the deanship effective July 1, 2021.