Brooklyn Law School

Brooklyn Law School

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Brooklyn Law School is minutes away from the financial, legal, business and cultural crossroads of the world. Proximity to Wall Street gives students easy access to school-year externships and summer jobs with major law firms and financial institutions.

“Brooklyn Law School is one of a kind,” said President and Dean Nicholas W. Allard. “Independent both in spirit and literally as a free-standing institution apart from any college or university, BLS is the only law school located in the heart of one of the most storied and vibrant communities on the planet.”

The school's Clinical Education Program is nationally renowned. The school was one of the early pioneers in legal education to create a program focused on training students to work on legal matters with real clients. Today, 30 years after its beginnings, there are 25 clinics and eight externship programs. The Law School’s Externship Program is one of the largest in the nation, with almost 60 percent of students taking an externship in any given year. 

First year students participate in an Academic Success Program, combining an early-start summer course with a series of support workshops. It offers the smallest class size for first-year students in the region.

Brooklyn is expensive, but has given away more money than any other school in the nation in grants and scholarships. That has helped keep debt lower than other similarly priced schools. This year, it reduced tuition by 15 percent. In doing so, it will offer fewer merit scholarships, but it increased needs based scholarships. It also announced a new program that will provide students with a cash payment, around $20,000, if they do not have employment nine months after graduation. 


Brooklyn is recognized among the country’s top law schools in supporting public interest law. The program has placed nearly 450 students in a wide array of summer internships, and public service grants award up to $5,000 per student to support public interest employment.

Among the schools highlights is a two-year J.D. program, launched in May 2014. The program is designed for select students seeking a rigorous legal education in an abbreviated timeframe. Brooklyn Law School was the first institution in the metropolitan area to enable students to earn a J.D. in 2 years.

Brooklyn also boasts one of the highest bar pass rates in the region

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75th Percentile1593.55
25th Percentile1543.12
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$35,494$35,494
Living Expenses
Median grant$25000
Percent receiving grants94.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 88.70%
NJ Employment80.52
Bar Passage77.37%
Academic Profile
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Best Law Schools 2018: Practical Training: 
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Entertainment Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Estate Planning
Family Law/Child & Family
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Health Law
Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Public Policy
Real Estate Transactions
Tax Law
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy