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City University of New York School of Law
Location Queens, NY, US
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City University of New York School of Law is located in Queens, NY

The City University of New York School of Law is a professional school operated by CUNY at Queens College in Flushing, Queens, New York. The School opened in 1983 and "it is the only law school which, from inception, has defined its mission as training law students for public service."1 Accordingly, the school's motto is Law in the Service of Human Needs.

CUNY School of Law's child care center was the first one in legal education in the United States.

The clinical program of the school was ranked #5 by US News in 2005. The school is ranked overall as a 4th-tier law school by US News in 2007.

Students of the law school publish the New York City Law Review.


Michelle J. Anderson, newly appointed Dean of the Law School and Professor (2006), is a Yale Law School graduate. Her previous position was as a member of the faculty of Villanova University School of Law from 1998 to 2006, where she taught criminal law, criminal procedure, children and the law, and feminist legal theory. Dean Anderson is an honors graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she earned a B.A. degree in Community Studies in 1989 and the Chancellor's Award for outstanding academic achievement.


  • "Public Interest School of the Year", given by the Student Division of the American Bar Association (1998)
  • The National Association of Public Interest Law (NAPIL) named Kristin Booth Glen, Dean of the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, as "1998 Law School Dean of the Year."

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