A new template for legal education... no limits, just infinite possibilities.
ur law school is transforming itself to meet the demands of the new world of law.
BROOKLYN 2-3-4, Flexibility to Study at Your Own Pace
Brooklyn Law School was the first law school in the metropolitan New York area to offer an accelerated 2-year J.D. program, together with a standard 3-year program and an extended 4-year program.
THE 2-YEAR J.D. EXPERIENCE
LL.M. Program for Foreign Trained Lawyers. Ranked #1 Best General LL.M. Two Years in a Row in the New York Law Journal.
Brooklyn Law School is building on its reputation as a leader in legal education. Here's how:
BLS CAMPUS NEWS
Essentials for a strong modern law school.
WELCOME TO BROOKLYN LAW
Meet the newest class of Brooklyn Law students from this year’s Convocation Ceremony. Find out what brought them here… and what great things are in store for them.
Preparing you to thrive in a 21st-century workforce.
rooklyn Law School’s focus is on helping students prepare for tomorrow's legal careers, rather than yesterday’s.
Live and learn in Brooklyn, a fast-growing, ever-evolving international hub of culture and innovation.
e are fortunate to be in Brooklyn, a haven for hip culture, great food, innovative technology, entrepreneurship, and vibrant legal and civic communities. It would cost hundreds of millions of dollars—if not billions—to recreate what lies right outside our law school’s doors.
BLS - A CENTRAL LOCATION
See what's nearby:
THE NEW BROOKLYN
Within a few-block radius are city, state and federal courts, the Legal Aid Society, government agencies, and numerous law firms. These are our laboratories, a backdrop for learning few schools can replicate.
YOUR HOME IN BROOKLYN
Unlike most law schools - and important in a booming city - BLS offers guaranteed housing for first-year students. (Application deadline: May 1)
BROOKLYN SMART — INNOVATORS, ENTREPRENEURS, LEADERS
And they need lawyers!
Brooklyn: 4th largest U.S. city (If it weren’t a borough of NYC!)
520 creative and tech start-ups (2012)
19,000 new businesses (2011)
THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD
The Brooklyn Navy Yard, built in 1801, is now an enclave of dynamic economic development. Forty buildings, 275 tenants, 6,000 workers. “We are witnessing the emergence, the re-emergence, of the new roots of 21st century manufacturing,” said BLS Professor Jonathan Askin.
New York Magazine’s 2012 year-end double issue included 74 “Reasons to Love New York.” Their number one reason? The Barclays Center, a new arena and entertainment complex. Jeff Gewirtz, ’94, Executive VP of Business Affairs and Chief Legal Officer for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center, oversees the arena and the team’s legal affairs.
A REVOLUTION IN 3D
Meet the Maker: MakerBot’s in-house counsel Richard McCarthy ’99 at the company’s Downtown Brooklyn offices where its 3D printed models and toys are on display.
Preparing you in a real-world learning environment.
hen our students graduate, they are ready. In fact, they are "Brooklyn Ready". "Brooklyn Ready" means being able to handle any curveball that a world of rapid change throws your way, being able to answer tough questions, and forging solutions to new problems that no one has even thought of yet.
CLINICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
Get a quick overview of the real world experience you get to prepare you for your careers.
WHERE THE LAW COMES TO LIFE
Brooklyn Law School’s Clinical Education Program can transform your law school experience, influence your career choice, help you find your dream job, and turn you into a capable practitioner ready to jump into practice.
The Brooklyn Law Incubator and Policy (BLIP) Clinic functions as a technology-oriented law firm. It is one of the most popular of our clinical education programs.
PRACTICING TO WIN
Our Moot Court Honor Society is one of the most distinguished and accomplished moot court programs in the country. Students in the Trial Advocacy Division and the Appellate Advocacy Division compete in over 30 competitions across the United States and overseas annually. These competitions span many areas of the law, from family law to criminal procedure to constitutional law to international law. Year after year, Brooklyn Law School students win awards and competitions. Over the last 15 years, our teams have won 26 national championships and 54 other first prizes.
Think you have what it takes?
PRACTICING — AND HELPING: 25 PRO BONO PROJECTS
There is an opportunity to help members of the community – and to gain real world experience – by getting involved in the pro bono projects at Brooklyn Law School.
Our newest pro bono projects include:
- LGBT Legal Assistance Project
- The Second Chance Project
- Family Court Help Center Project
- Civil Court Help Center Project
In all there are over 25 pro bono projects to get involved with at BLS.
40 Student Organizations
Academic Organizations. Think and Learn.
Affinity Organizations. Bond and Grow.
Non-Profit Organizations. Serve and Help.
Recreational Organizations. Relax and Play.
Accessible faculty, supportive classmates, and a global network of involved alumni.
MEET YOUR FACULTY: SCHOLARS, TEACHERS, AND MENTORS
As dedicated as our faculty members are to shaping law in the outside world, they are even more dedicated to teaching law inside the classroom. As a measure of its academic distinction, the BLS faculty was recently ranked 41st in the nation in scholarly impact, based on citations from 2007 through 2011.
Professor Susan Herman
Areas of Expertise
B.A., Barnard College
J.D., New York University School of Law
Professor I. Bennett Capers
Areas of Expertise
Law and Literature
Race and the Law
B.A., Princeton University
J.D., Columbia University School of Law
Professor Rebecca Kysar
Areas of Expertise
Federal Income Tax
International Tax Legislation
B.A., Indiana University
J.D., Yale Law School
FACULTY PERSPECTIVES ON BLS, OUR STUDENTS, AND THE VALUE OF A J.D.
WHY CHOOSE BLS?
Three recent students share their experiences.
BS, United States Naval Academy
Immersed in the legal world of the military and Marine combat laws while on active duty, Nathan applied to BLS from his barracks in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
BA, Boston University
MSc, Pace University
After teaching fifth graders with Teach For America, Melissa ultimately realized that with a law degree and a career in family law, she could make a greater difference in the lives of children.
The White House Staffer
BA, Gettysburg College
Christopher worked as a records analyst at the White House under President Obama’s administration before pursuing law at BLS.
ALUMNI PERSPECTIVES ON BLS AND BROOKLYN!
JOIN A GREAT ALUMNI FAMILY:
From Coast to Coast and Around the World
Our extensive network of alumni reside and work in 49 U.S. States, the District of Columbia, 4 U.S. territories and 50 foreign countries.
In the Pursuit of Meaningful Careers
Our successful alumni work across a spectrum of industries, in business, in private practice, in government, in non-profits, in entrepreneurial start-ups and for the public interest.“M
y career path has been a cumulative process. In many ways, the work I did at the The Malawi Center for Advice, Research, and Education on Rights set me up to do the work at the International Rescue Committee and at Save the Children. And I continue to rely on what I learned in law school—from my professors and mentors, as a Sparer Fellow, and as part of the Federal Litigation Clinic. Those experiences continue to inspire me.”
Claudia Werman Connor ’88
STARTING WITH A START-UP
Using their law degrees to help build a business. Kate Wellington Fitzpatrick ’09 and Brian Von Ancken ’12 work with Tough Mudder, a DUMBO-based start-up that over the past three years has hosted dozens of nationwide fitness and stamina obstacle courses.
It's your future, so come see us.
rom our great location to our innovative programs, let us show you how Brooklyn Law School can give you the edge you need to succeed. Schedule a visit today!