How to Get into NYU Law School

NYU Law School

Program Overview

NYU Law’s campus sits in the heart of Washington Square in Greenwich Village, a historic and dynamic neighborhood in New York City. Consistently ranked among the best 10 U.S. law schools, NYU is one of the larger top-tier law schools, with class size typically ranging from 400-450 students (or 1200-1350 total JD students).

In recent years, more than 400 schools have been represented in NYU’s applicant pool. Approximately 70 percent of recent applicants graduated from college at least one year before applying to NYU, and about 10 percent graduated more than five years before applying.

NYU Law offers more than 300 courses taught by more than 100 faculty members in 16 areas of study.  Additionally, student organizations at NYU law abound, with the number exceeding 80. This law school is regularly on the cutting edge of leadership and advances in the landscape of legal education, as evidenced by some recently launched initiatives such as NYU Law Abroad, its Washington, DC-based Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic and the Leadership and Financial Literacy program. These and many other NYU-specific programs are designed to ensure that graduates are well-trained in legal fundamentals but also practice-ready.

Of particular note, NYU has an unparalleled commitment to public service. This school offers the most comprehensive public service infrastructure of any law school in the United States, evidenced by ample funding provided to qualified students who wish to pursue careers in the field, including: Public Interest Summer Funding Grants, which guarantee funding for 1Ls and 2Ls who work in public interest and government positions; the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (“LRAP”), which pays qualified students’ debt burden in part or in full; and several public interest scholarship programs, including the Root-Tilden-Kern Program and the new Furman Public Policy Scholarship.

Curriculum

Consistent with its commitment to producing well-rounded lawyers with both theoretical and practical skills, NYU offers unique programming even to 1Ls. In addition to the required first-year courses of Contracts, Criminal Law, Procedure and Torts, the first-year Lawyering Program, with class-size averaging 30 students, teaches real-world skills for law practice today. In Lawyering, students first develop critical research and writing skills and then move on to engage in simulated interviewing, counseling, case analysis, negotiation and advocacy.

Legislation and the Regulatory State (LRS), a required first-year course specially designed by the Law School, introduces the materials, concepts, and tools that lawyers must have in a world of statutes and regulations. It offers a basic grounding in the enacting, interpretation and implementation of statutes, key understanding of which enables students to better absorb the concepts taught in the core 1L classes. 1L electives allow NYU law students to pursue a particular focus early in their legal education.  These electives include Constitutional Law (mandatory course), Corporations, Income Taxation, Property (mandatory course), Intellectual Property and International Law.

In addition to the more traditional coursework and programming offered in the second and third years of the JD experience, NYU Law also offers a staggering array of interdisciplinary and global coursework and programming. In the interdisciplinary realm, NYU exhibits notable strengths in law and philosophy, economics, politics, history and social theory. Many faculty members have PhDs in allied fields, and the faculty includes a number of the world leaders in philosophy, political science, political theory, and sociology. Interdisciplinary ideas and methodologies pervade the curriculum, and intellectual life centers around 32 centers and institutes addressing important issues of the day, as well as the dozen colloquia held annually.

NYU also offers a wealth of courses, seminars, and colloquia in international, comparative, and foreign law. There are more than 60 courses typically taught in these areas each year, students have the opportunity to develop cross-cutting expertise between areas that were traditionally studied separately, such as trade and environmental law, intellectual property and human rights, and global antitrust and international labor law. The Hauser Global Law School Program brings faculty and fellows to New York from around the world to teach, study, and collaborate. They are joined by more than 300 international students.

NYU Law’s cutting-edge law and business curriculum teaches key corporate know-how and offers collaborative endeavors with business students in joint classes. A distinctive feature of this curriculum is the Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison Transactional and Law and Business courses, which bring top practitioners into the classroom to analyze how their deals were negotiated and constructed. The Mitchell Jacobson Leadership Program creates unique opportunities for students seeking an innovative and non-traditional career path grounded in both legal and business fundamentals.

Clinical and Experiential Learning

New York University School of Law’s Jacob D. Fuchsberg Clinical Law Center has long been renowned for the quality of its faculty, the variety of its offerings, and the innovative structure of its curriculum.  With 14 full-time clinical faculty and 39 clinics, NYU School of Law provides students with unparalleled experiences in client advocacy, working with communities to address urgent problems, public policy influence and the overall improvement in the quality of legal problem-solving. Clinic faculty are tenured or tenured track professors, which is a distinctive feature of NYU Law’s Clinical Law Center. In addition, the faculty-student ratio in clinical courses at NYU is relatively low (typically, a clinical faculty member teaches 8-10 students), ensuring an intensive learning experience.

The first-year Lawyering program, upper-level simulation courses and fieldwork clinics are carefully coordinated in a sequenced, dynamic learning construct developed by Professor Anthony G. Amsterdam, one of the most respected public interest lawyers and law professors in the country. The Lawyering Program provides the necessary stepping stone that enables upper-level clinic students to work with clients and communities on demanding cases, projects, and deals.

NYU’s clinics cover a wide breadth of practice areas, such as family law, civil rights, employment law and death penalty law. Clinic students are empowered to learn specific skills suited to various practice arenas, such as litigation, policy analysis and/ or trial preparation. Under close supervision of faculty, students hone even more advanced practical legal skills, such as appellate-brief writing and planning community education workshops.

Statistics

Class Profile

Class Size: 427

Average Age: 27% enrolled directly after college; 60% out of college 1-4 years; 13% out of college 5 or more years

Women: 55%

Students of color: 35%

Median LSAT: 169

Median GPA: 3.8

Career Placement

  • Law Firms: 73.84%
  • Business & Industry: 2.11%
  • Government/Public Interest: 17.3%
  • Education: 0.21%
  • Military: 0.21%

Geographies

  • Northeast/Mid-Atlantic: 77.84%
  • Central: 1.89%
  • South Atlantic/Central: 10.13%
  • Mountain/Pacific: 8.65%
  • U.S. Territories/Foreign: 1.48%

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