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Carol A. Buckler

Professor of Law, Emeritus

Carol A. Buckler

Professor of Law, Emeritus

Carol Buckler is a Professor of Law, has served as Interim Dean, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Dean for Professional Development, Director of Pro Bono Initiatives and Director of the Center for Professional Values and Practice.

She teaches Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, and the wide-ranging yet often subtle professional skills needed by practicing lawyers.

Professor Buckler’s teaching stresses the importance of values in the practice of law. The daughter of a certified public accountant, Dean Buckler gained an early respect for the professional ethic, a code that she turned into a career specialty while still a junior litigator. After graduating from Yale University and Harvard Law School, she began her legal career at Berle Kass & Case, a small Manhattan firm that emphasized public interest work. Assigned to research a question about a possible conflict of interest, she soon became the house expert on ethics.

“I always thought that ethics was an underrated subject among students. Practicing lawyers invariably look back and wish they had paid more attention in their ethics classes,” she says. She finds, however, that preaching about ethics is not the most effective technique. “You have to put students in a situation where they can see the competing interests and values that affect lawyer decision-making.”

She came to New York Law School in 1991, teaching in the clinical program. Professor Buckler is coauthor of the workplace reference book, Everything a Working Mother Needs to Know About Pregnancy Rights, Maternity Leave, and Making Her Career Work for Her (Doubleday, 1994).


Everything a Working Mother Needs to Know… About Pregnancy Rights, Maternity Leave, and Making Her Career Work For Her. Doubleday, 1994 (with A.C. Weisberg); paperback edition, 1995


“Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Refugee Status and TPS.” Chapter 29 in Immigration Law and Procedure: Desk Edition, at 29–1 to 29–33 (S. Mailman, ed.). Matthew Bender & Co., 1999. Updates May 2000 and November 2000.

“Emerging Issues in Asylum Law.” Chapter 7 in 33rd Annual Immigration & Naturalization Institute, at 179–212. Practising Law Institute, 2000. (S. Mailman, ed.). Matthew Bender & Co., 1999. Updates May 2000 and November 2000.

“Part VI: Expedited Removal: Issues and Impact: Impacts of New Procedures.” Chapter 19 in XXI In Defense of the Alien, at 202–209 (L.F. Tomasi, ed.). Center for Migration Studies, 1999.

“Asylum Law and Procedure.” Chapter 5 in Basic Immigration Law, at 125–171. Practising Law Institute, 1997.


“Foreword (Symposium: Challenges in Immigration Law and Policy: An Agenda for the Twenty-First Century).” 11 New York Law School Journal of Human Rights i–viii (1994).


Alternatives for Scheduling the Bar Exam (Special Issue: The Future of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar), 85 NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION JOURNAL 28-30 (September 2013) (with M.C. Gallagher).

“The New York Law School Civil and Human Rights Clinic: Case Close-up: Gezim Kollcinaku.” 16 In Brief 7 (Fall/Winter, 1997).

“Outline of Asylum Law and Procedure.” Chapter 7 in 30th Annual Immigration and Naturalization Institute, at 193–241. Practising Law Institute, 1997.

“Creating Low-Income Housing in New York: Using the Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit—The LISC/Enterprise/HPD Housing Production Program.” Lawyers’ Alliance for New York (1992) (with J.C. Berman).