"CUNY School of Law opened its doors in September, 1983, with a unique mission - to train lawyers for public service and public interest practice, and to recruit and train lawyers from historically underserved communities. Our motto, "Law in the Service of Human Needs," reflects that continuing commitment. The Law School was fully accredited by the American Bar Association Council on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar in 1993, and has graduated more than 2,000 lawyers who work in legal services organizations, non-for-profits, grass roots organizations, state and city legislatures, the courts and the courtrooms, in firms large and small, and wherever it is necessary to provide access to justice.
CUNY is one of only two public law schools in New York State - the other is SUNY Buffalo - and receives its primary funding from the state legislature. Over its now 22 years of operation, it has garnered many awards, including the Society of American Law Teachers Award for Excellence in Teaching, and awards from the Student Division of the American Bar Association, the National Association of Public Interest Law, and the New York State Bar Association.
Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Faculty Director of Clinical Programs at the Harvard Law School, said, "With all due respect to my legal institution and others, in my view CUNY Law School is the premier legal institution in the country and the world for training lawyers who are committed and dedicated to the public interest."
The Law School's mission is to create an educational program that will train students for the practice of law in the service of human needs and honor students' aspirations toward building a legal career that reflects their commitment toward justice, fairness, and equality. The organization of work and life at the Law School is designed to encourage students to think actively about their life choices, their evolving concept of professionalism, and the content and processes of the law itself, in ways that foster their capacity to practice law in a socially useful manner.
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Excerpted from the preschool's website