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Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law



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Sunny skies appeared over New York City on Tuesday, June 1 just in time for Cardozo’s 43rd Commencement, as Dean Melanie Leslie told the class of 2021, “you are the bright light around which our community focuses today, in a spirit of celebration and pride.” It was an event like no other in the school’s history, marking the first time in 15 months that most students were able to see their classmates in-person, in an open-air ceremony in Central Park, where hugs, handshakes and laughter became moments of infectious joy. After over a year of virtual learning at the law school due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state and city regulations were lifted, allowing for a graduating class of 321 J.D. students, 52 LL.M. degree recipients, and one student, receiving a J.S.D., the legal equivalent of a Ph.D.


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Joy, Hugs and Dedication to Society’s Needs Mark Cardozo’s Live Graduation Ceremony in Central Park