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University Information

Cornell was founded in 1865, and is a private institution. It has a total undergraduate student body of 15,503, and is a 745 acre campus in a rural area. It has a semester based academic calendar. It ranked 17th in the most recent ranking of Best Colleges, and tuition fees are $63,200 per year.

The school has more than 1000 student organisations. First years live together on campus, with upperclassmen and graduate students being able to live on campus or off it. There is a significant Greek life, with more than 60 fraternities and sororities. There are 35 different NCAA Division I varsity teams competing in the Ivy League. The men’s lacrosse and wrestling teams are particularly well renowned. There are seven undergraduate colleges, of which the largest are the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The graduate schools include the Weill Cornell Medical College, College of Engineering, and the Law School. Famous alumni include Rude Bader Ginsburgh and Bill Nye.

Course Information

The Cornell Law School curriculum is a ‘rigorous program of legal education designed to prepare students, upon graduation, for admission to the bar and for effective, ethical, and responsible participation in the legal profession at the highest levels.’ As such, there are aims for all Cornell graduates in Law. These are:
– That they will possess knowledge of the substantive and procedural law required to effectively participate in the profession
– That they will engaged in legal research, analysis, and problem solving
– That they will be able to communicate effectively in both oral and written mediums, and act as counsellors and advocates
– That they will possess the practical skills to be exceptional lawyers and exceptional representatives of their clients
– That they will conduct themselves to the highest standards, both in terms of morals and ethics.

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Admissions Statistics & Process

Cornell is relatively competitive, although not amongst the most competitive of the top Law schools. The acceptance rate in the most recent data was 21.1%, with a median LSAT score of 167, and a median GPA of 3.82.

Overall Success Rate (Total Applicants : Total Spaces)
Overall Success Rate (Total Applicants : Total Spaces)

Key Dates

Cornell will interview applicants that it is interested in – keep an eye out for their interview invite for more information on the dates.

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Columbia Law Interview Details

The Cornell law interview is fairly traditional in nature, and can therefore depend on the interviewer that you receive. However, some questions are fairly typical and will be asked of most students. You should know your resume very well and be ready to answer questions on it.

Previous Questions for Cornell Law Interviews

Policy and Legal Issues
Choose a policy position from a past presidential campaign. How would you advise the president on this topic?
What is an international legal issue that you are passionate about? (written)
What role should the government play in unrestrained capitalism? (written)
Can you discuss a recent Supreme Court decision and its implications for society?
What are your thoughts on the current state of privacy laws in relation to technology?

Social Media and Technology
How much time do you spend on social media?
How many hours per week do you spend on social media?
In what ways has technology influenced your perspective on law or legal issues?
How do you think social media platforms should handle issues related to free speech and censorship?
What potential legal challenges do you foresee arising from the rapid growth of artificial intelligence?

Environment and Sustainability
What are your views on current environmental policies and regulations?
How do you think the law can play a role in addressing climate change?
How should governments balance economic development with environmental protection?
What legal strategies or policies do you think could help promote sustainable practices in industries?

Personal Values and Integrity
What does integrity mean to you? (written)
How do you define integrity? (written)
Can you provide an example of a time when you demonstrated integrity in a challenging situation?
What is your approach to maintaining ethical behaviour in your personal and professional life?
How do you handle situations where your personal values might conflict with professional responsibilities?

Interests and Hobbies
What do you do in your free time?
What was the most memorable class you took in university?
What hobbies or interests do you have outside of your academic and professional pursuits?
How do you maintain a balance between work or school and your personal life?
Can you discuss a recent book, movie, or podcast that has had an impact on your thinking?

Cornell Law School and Ithaca
Why is Ithaca for you?
What about Ithaca, NY attracts you?
How do you think living in Ithaca will influence your law school experience?
What aspects of Cornell Law School’s culture or community are most appealing to you?

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