Brooklyn Law School

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Brooklyn Law School (BLS) is a law school located in Downtown Brooklyn, New York City. The school was founded in 1901 by William Payson Richardson and Norman Haffey. It opened with 18 students. The school is noted for its diversity. Photographs indicate that by 1909, African Americans and women attended the school. The school was affiliated with St. Lawrence University from 1903 to 1943. In that year, the university decided to close the law school, but faculty and alumni bought it and Brooklyn Law became an independent institution. The school moved into its current home at 250 Joralemon Street in 1969. In August 2005, Brooklyn Law School opened Feil Hall, which provides luxury apartments for 360 students. Feil Hall also houses the new "Geraldo's Cafe," named for famous alumnus Geraldo Rivera. Geraldo's is a coffee and snack bar that also serves as a student lounge. Brooklyn Law School owns nine brownstone buildings in the surrounding neighborhood which provide additional housing for students.

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Brooklyn Law School Admissions

Brooklyn Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 52% of its applicants. Comparatively, Brooklyn is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 3251 1678 (51.61%) 394 (12.1%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.11 3.36 3.59
LSAT 152 155 158

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $46,176 $46,176
Part Time $35,494 $35,494

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $24,396
  • Living off-campus: $24,396
  • Living at home: $9,096

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 12/01
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: N/A
  • Application Fee: N/A

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Brooklyn Law School Community

Brooklyn Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Brooklyn is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 58
  • Part Time: 111


  • # Female Faculty: 78
  • # Minority Faculty: 22


19.9 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: Yes

Brooklyn Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Brooklyn Law School 1L section size is 14% larger than law schools in New York and 32% larger than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Brooklyn Law School: 214
New York Average: 184
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 1559
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 382

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 542
  • Law Journals: 304
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 8.0%
  • Second Year: 0.0%
  • Third Year: 0.3%
  • Fourth Year: 3.5%

Brooklyn Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Brooklyn Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 89% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 96.9%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 41.0%
  • Business: 24.0%
  • Government: 14.0%
  • Public Interest: 13.0%
  • Academia: 0.0%
  • NEW YORK: 84%
  • NEW JERSEY: 4%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 96.9%
  • First Time Takers: 360
  • Average School: 84.8%
  • Average State: 78.6%
  • Pass Difference: 6.2%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • New York: 78.6%
  • Passed: 296 of 349 (84.8%)
  • State Average: 78.6%
  • Difference: 6.2%