A Message to Prospective Yeshiva University Cardozo MSL Students From Dean Melanie Leslie
Dear Prospective Student,
I am thrilled you are considering Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law for your legal education. Cardozo will provide you the skills you need to get ahead as you build a strong foundation in data and privacy law with our Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program.
Data privacy and cybersecurity risks are critical issues for every industry around the globe, because they affect each of us as we increasingly live our lives online. With businesses collecting immense amounts of personal data in order to remain competitive, concerns around privacy and security will continue to grow, especially as cyber attacks become more sophisticated. These concerns, paired with the heightened regulatory risks that industries and companies face in collecting, using and distributing data, make the understanding of the laws and regulations that operate in this space even more critical. Managing data privacy is not the responsibility of one team, or one group at a corporation—every operational team plays an important part in protecting businesses against legal and data risks.
Our Cardozo education is designed to help you meet these evolving challenges and arm you with a comprehensive set of new skills for the job market. In this program, you will learn how to dissect complex laws and regulations and understand their application in the real world. Whether you are an engineer, data analyst, data scientist or privacy officer, this program will help you grow as an independent thinker, problem solver and decision maker, leading your team and your operations with clarity and efficiency. If you are just starting to explore a career in the world of data and privacy, this program will give you a competitive advantage in a market that values and promotes multi-disciplinary learning.
As the Dean and an alumna of Cardozo, I am proud of what our community represents. Our faculty members are among the most well-regarded in the nation and are known scholars and authorities in both intellectual property law and technology, data and privacy law. They are engaged in the issues of our time, and their experience and connections enrich the courses they teach. Our administration is student-centered and passionately devoted to creating a diverse, inclusive and supportive learning environment. You can also look forward to support from career services counselors who have strong relationships with employers and stand ready to guide you as you either continue your legal career or embark on a career in data and privacy law.
I am proud of how our campus culture here in New York City carries over to our online programs. As an online MSL student, you will have access to the same stellar faculty members, administrative support and ground-breaking curriculum as on campus students. Our innovative, modern programs prepare you for success in your career in data and privacy law, no matter where you live and work.
I hope to welcome you as a Cardozo student in the near future. Our team is ready to help you embark on this exciting educational journey! Please get in touch if you have any questions about what Cardozo can offer you.
Dean Melanie Leslie '91
Welcome to the Cardozo School of Law
Founded in 1976, Cardozo Law is named for Supreme Court Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo. Justice Cardozo was known for his integrity, social consciousness, and elegant written opinions. Likewise, Cardozo Law School is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which people of all identities, faiths and cultural backgrounds are welcome. Historically, the law school has worked to be inclusive and to open the doors of legal education to everyone, with a special focus on women, people of the jewish faith, and minority groups who have previously been underrepresented in the legal profession.
As part of Yeshiva University, the law school honors the Jewish tradition of deep attention to ethics and the law, striving in all our endeavors to work for the betterment and healing of the world.
About Dean Melanie Leslie
Cardozo Law alumna Melanie Leslie became dean of the law school on July 1, 2015. Since assuming leadership, Cardozo has risen 23 places in U.S. News & World Report to 52nd for Best Law Schools in the nation. Cardozo's employment numbers for graduates have also seen dramatic improvements.
Dean Leslie has been a faculty member at Cardozo since 1995. She is a leading scholar in the trusts and estates. Throughout her tenure with Cardozo, Dean Leslie has received the “Best First-Year Professor” award three times. As Dean, she has been instrumental in driving new Cardozo programs, including the FAME Center for fashion, art, media and entertainment law, the Cardozo/Google Patent Diversity Project, the Blockchain Project, the Center for Rights and Justice, and the Center for Real Estate Law & Policy.