CUNY School of Law Celebrates Move to Long Island City

New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman Delivers Keynote Address

The City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law held a ribbon cutting celebration on Monday, October 22, 2012, to mark the opening of the Law School’s new home at 2 Court Square in Long Island City. New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman delivered the keynote address.

“We are delighted that Chief Judge Lippman joined us to mark this special moment in the Law School’s history,” said CUNY School of Law Dean Michelle J. Anderson. “As chief judge, he has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to increasing access to justice for poor people, which mirrors CUNY Law School’s passion for improving legal services to underserved communities.”

CUNY School of Law Ribbon Cutting

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In its new location, CUNY School of Law now occupies the first six floors of 2 Court Square. The space gives the School nearly 70,000 additional square feet of state-of-the-art classroom, conference, and event facilities, including an auditorium and a moot courtroom. The Law School is now a part of the vibrant, urban community of Long Island City and is accessible by several subway and bus lines and the Long Island Railroad.

“Having a central location and great access to public transportation is a tremendous step forward for us,” said CUNY School of Law Dean Michelle J. Anderson. “The location and accessibility improve our ability to serve historically underrepresented communities throughout the metropolitan area, including here in Queens, and our students are able to travel between classes and public interest internships across the city more easily.”

The building at 2 Court Square is LEED Gold certified, meaning its construction had a reduced environmental impact and its design promotes occupants’ health and wellbeing. It was built with 90% post-consumer, recycled steel. The building recycles rainwater and runs on wind power. CUNY Law is now one of the greenest law schools in the nation.

The building was designed by Kohn, Pedersen, Fox, the architects of the Newman Vertical Campus at Baruch College, Daniel P. Moynihan U.S. Courthouse at Foley Square, the Furman Hall at New York University’s School of Law; the University of Washington Law School and Library; the Miami School of Law; and the CUNY Advanced Science Research Campus at City College, which is scheduled to open in several years.

The Law School was previously located at 65-21 Main Street in Flushing, New York. Its former building is now a part of Queens College.

Founded in 1983, CUNY School of Law is the premier public interest law school in the country. The school trains lawyers to serve the underprivileged and disempowered and to make a difference in their communities. A greater percentage of graduates from CUNY Law choose careers in public interest and public service than any other law school in the nation. PreLaw magazine ranks CUNY Law as the #1 law school in the nation for public interest. U.S. News & World Report ranks CUNY fourth in the nation for “Best Clinical Programs,” and the Princeton Review ranks CUNY Law in the top ten in the nation for “Best Law Professors.” The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has praised CUNY Law School for being one of the few law schools in the country to prepare students for practice through integrated instruction in theory, skills, and ethics.

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in New York City in 1847 as The Free Academy, the University has 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the CUNY School of Public Health. The University serves over 271,000 degree credit students and 269,808 adult, continuing and professional education students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 300 high schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The University offers online baccalaureate degrees through the School of Professional Studies and an individualized baccalaureate through the CUNY Baccalaureate Degree. More than 1 million visitors and 2 million page views are served each month by, the University’s website.

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