NYU Law is an intellectual powerhouse, with 105 faculty, 336 courses, 15 areas of study, over 30 centers, and over 80 student organizations.
The Law School has long taken a leadership role in introducing changes that have redefined legal education. Most recently, we launched initiatives to assure that our graduates are practice-ready for today's world. Highlights include: NYU Law Abroad; our Washington, DC-based Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic; and our Leadership & Financial Literacy program.
|Director of admissions||Cassandra Williams|
|Application deadline||February 15|
|Approximate number of applications||5714|
|Tuition and fees Full-time:||$59,330 per year|
|Room and board||$23,000|
To a great degree, a student's final grade in many of the courses offered at NYU School of Law is dependent upon the grade received on the final examination. No grade is recorded for a course or section of a course in which the student is not officially registered and retroactive registration is not permitted.
The grading system used for J.D.s beginning Fall 1990 and LL.M.s beginning summer 1987 through summer 2008 was A, 4.0; A -, 3.67; B+, 3.33; B, 3.0; B -, 2.67; C, 2.0; D, 1.0 and F, 0.
The new grading system for J.D.s and LL.M.s effective fall 2008 is A+, 4.33; A, 4.0; A -, 3.67; B+, 3.33; B, 3.0; B -, 2.67; C, 2.0; D, 1.0 and F, 0.
Other symbols used on Law School transcripts are:
CR (Credit). This symbol is used (1) to show successful completion of participation on student publications or as Teaching Assistants (J.D. students only), (2) in specified courses in which the student has elected the Credit option, rather than a grade (J.D. students only), (3) in cases where a student in good standing withdraws for military service, provided he or she does not receive a tuition refund and has continued in attendance through two-thirds of the semester for which credit is sought, and (4) in other cases where a student receives credit for completion of a course but the Executive Committee has decided that it would be impossible or improper to assign a grade to such work (e.g., a lost examination paper). A grade of credit cannot be granted for required courses and/or Directed Research. A grade of credit is awarded for certain zero credit LL.M. courses and the J .D. Lawyering course.
EXC (Excused). This symbol reflects an absence from an examination that has been excused by the Office of the Vice Dean for good cause. Where practical, the absence should be approved before the examination is scheduled to be given. If excused from the scheduled exam, the student may take the exam at the next time regularly scheduled during the student's tenure at the Law School. If the course is required, the student must take the exam.
FAB (Fail/Absence). This symbol denotes an un -excused absence from an examination or an un-excused failure to hand in a take-home examination or paper in the time allowed by the instructor. If an excuse for absence is accepted as satisfactory by the Office of the Vice Dean or the Executive Committee, "FAB" will be replaced by "EXC." If this absence is not excused, the grade of "FAB" will become final.
FX. This symbol denotes failure due to cheating or plagiarism or violation of other rules governing academic honesty.
INC (Incomplete) / IP (In Progress). In the following situations, students received an "INC" prior to fall 2009; beginning fall 2009 students receive a grade of "IP." This symbol is used in seminar courses, directed research, or similar stud y when the student has made prior arrangements with the instructor to submit work later than the end of the semester in which the course is given. Third-year students who have grades of incomplete in courses from prior semesters must complete and submit al l work required for the course no later than May 1 of their sixth semester or at such earlier date as the faculty member requires. Full-time LL.M. students must submit a final version of incomplete work no later than May 1 of their second semester. The May 1 deadline is necessary to enable faculty sufficient time to evaluate the student's work and submit a grade and for the School to be able to certify the student for graduation and to sit for the July bar exam. It is the student's responsibility to arrange a submission schedule with the instructor. An extension may only be granted by the Office of the Vice Dean in consultation with the faculty member.
WD (Withdrew). This symbol denotes a withdrawal in writing from a course. Students who withdraw from a course by the last day of classes in the semester will not have a "WD" noted on their transcript. Thereafter, the student must take an examination or produce a paper (where the course is graded on the basis of a paper or the instructor agrees to allow a paper in lieu of examination). Failure to take an examination or produce a paper will result in an "FAB" unless for good cause, on timely application, the Executive Committee is willing to change the grade to a "WD." A faculty member may require withdrawal with a grade of "WD" for poor attendance or for failure to make satisfactory progress.
With the exception of the A+ rules, the guidelines do not apply at all to seminar courses, defined for this purpose to mean any course in which there are fewer than 28 students. In classes in which credit/fail grades are permitted, these percentages are calculated only using students taking the course for a letter grade. If there are fewer than 28 students taking the course for a letter grade, the guidelines do not apply.
|First-Year J.D.(Mandatory)||All other J.D.(Non-Mandatory)|
|A+||0-2% (target = 1%)||0-2% (target = 1%)|
|A||7-13% (target = 10%)||7-13% (target = 10%)|
|A-||16-24% (target = 20%)||16-24% (target = 20%)|
|Maximum for A tier||31%||31%|
|B+||22-30% (target = 26%)||22-30% (target = 26%)|
|Maximum grades above B||57%||57%|
|B-||4-8% (target = 6%)||4-11% (target 7-8%)|
Order of the Coif: Both six-semester JDs and four-semester JDs (transfer students or students who spend two semesters as a visitor at another law school) are eligible for Order of the Coif. The number of students eligible to be in the top 10% of the class is computed based on the entire class, including four-semester JDs. Ten percent of the number of four-semester JDs is calculated, and that number is the maximum number of four-semester JDs eligible for Order of the Coif from among the top 10% of the entire class. The balance of the overall 10% number of slots is filled by six-semester JDs only.
|summa cum laude||To the very few students (if any in a particular year) who, in the judgment of the executive committee, have compiled truly outstanding academic records|
|magna cum laude||To graduates whose GPAs place them in the top 10% of their classes|
|cum laude||To graduates whose GPAs place them in the top 25% of their classes|
|Pomeroy Scholars||Top 10 first-year students, based on cumulative grades|
|Butler Scholars||Top 10 students, based on cumulative grades for four semesters|
|Florence Allen Scholars||Top 10% of students, based on cumulative grades for four semesters (other than Butler Scholars)|
|Robert McKay Scholars||Top 25% of students, based on cumulative grades for four semesters (other than Butler and Allen Scholars)|
Founded in 1942, the New York University Annual Survey of American Law is a student-edited journal at New York University School of Law. The Annual Survey is NYU's second-oldest legal journal and was originally compiled by NYU faculty members as a comprehensive annual reference to developments in American law. Now a quarterly publication, the Annual Survey continues its dedication to exploring contemporary legal developments in the United States from a practice-oriented perspective. Annual Survey articles analyze emerging legal trends, interpret significant recent court decisions and legislation, and explain leading legal scholars' and judges' perspectives on current legal topics. The journal is widely distributed throughout the world, giving lawyers both inside and outside the United States insight into American law and legal issues.
The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology is the journal of the American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law and the Center for Law, Science & Innovation. Jurimetrics is a forum for the publication and exchange of ideas and information about the relationships between law, science, and technology. Jurimetrics was first published in 1959. The current name was adopted in 1966. Jurimetrics is the oldest journal of law and science in the United States.
The Environmental Law Journal (ELJ)is one of ten student-run publications at New York University School of Law. Together with the other journals, the ELJ participates in the annual Writing Competition to select staff editors. Students who have completed their first year at the law school are eligible to participate in the Writing Competition, which is distributed immediately following the last final exam of the spring semester. Students must register in advance to participate in the competition. Participants have approximately two weeks to complete the competition, which consists of a closed-universe (no additional research allowed) case comment and submission of personal statement to ELJ.
The NYU Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law began its development in 2009, when student leaders of NYU Law's Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society found themselves confronted with the reality that NYU had no journal devoted to these increasingly important areas of the law. So, these proactive students undertook the extraordinary task of creating an entirely student-run and online publication called "The Ledger," as an outlet for scholarly editorials and a forum for dialogue among legal practitioners, agents, and students, dedicated to analyzing issues in the fields of art, entertainment, intellectual property, internet, sports, and technology law. After only a few years, The Ledger had grown substantially and developed a major presence among the IP community at NYU Law.
Founded in 1968 with the aid of a Ford Foundation Grant, the New York University Journal of International Law and Politicsfeatures articles on international legal topics by leading scholars and practitioners, as well as notes, case comments, and book annotations written by Journal members. JILP readers include students, scholars, practitioners, and policymakers in more than sixty countries around the world. Visit the JILP Online Forum for the latest discussion.
The NYU Journal of Law & Business provides a forum for dialogue and thorough analysis of issues, ideas, problems, and solutions relating to law and business, and contributes to academic scholarship regarding the interaction of the two professions. The Journal is challenging traditional notions of what a journal is and can achieve.
TheJournal of Law & Libertyis the first student-edited law journal dedicated to the critical exploration of classical liberal ideas. The Journal is dedicated to providing a forum for the debate of issues related to human freedom from both theoretical and practical standpoints. Recently, the Journal has published articles focusing on issues including the nature of rules and order, theories of rights and liberty, legal history, jurisprudence, constitutional law, historical and contemporary legislation. We seek scholarship from philosophers, jurisprudes, economists, and historians, as well as from lawyers.
Founded in 1924, the New York University Law Review is a generalist journal publishing legal scholarship in all areas, including legal theory and policy, environmental law, legal history, international law, and more. Each year, it publishes issues in April, May, June, October, November, and December. These six issues contain cutting-edge legal scholarship written by professors, judges, and legal practitioners, as well as Notes written by members of the Law Review.
The NYU Moot Court Board is one of NYU School of Law's student academic journals. Our mission is to enrich the legal education of our members and explore new approaches to unsettled legal questions through written and oral advocacy. We work to achieve this mission through five main programs:
At the height of the political turmoil of the late 1960s, a group of activist students and professors at N.Y.U. School of Law came together and discussed the ways in which legal scholarship could respond to the injustices suffered by those relegated to society's margins. These students and faculty felt that the dominant legal discourse found in countless law reviews failed to address sufficiently the gross inequities that existed (and continue to exist) along the lines of race, gender, class, sexuality, age, and ability.
The NYU Moot Court Board is one of NYU School of Law's student academic journals. Our mission is to enrich the legal education of our members and explore new approaches to unsettled legal questions through written and oral advocacy.
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 15 full-time clinical faculty and 40 clinics, NYU School of Law provides students with unparalleled experiences in working with clients and communities to address urgent problems, influence public policy, and improve the quality of legal problem-solving.
NYU School of Law offers the following year-long clinics. Each of these clinics is 14 credits and therefore accounts for roughly half of a student's course load for the academic year. (The only exception is the Civil Litigation-Employment Law Clinic, which carries 12 credits.)
Starting Salaries (2014 Graduates Employed Full-Time)
|Private sector (25th-75th percentile)||$160,000|
|Median in the private sector||$160,000|
|Median in public service||$55,839|
|Graduates known to be employed at graduation||96.5%|
|Graduates known to be employed ten months after graduation||96.5%|
|Graduates Employed In||Percentage|
|Business and Industry||3.6%|
|Public Interest Organizations||11.6%|
The Federal Judicial Practice Externship is designed to teach students about federal practice through exposure to the workings of judicial chambers as well as class sessions that focus on substantive and practical issues of law. Students participating in the class dedicate their time to both a placement with a district court or appellate court judge and a weekly, two-hour seminar. To develop advocacy skills, all students are required to participate in a moot court argument before a panel of judges. While in chambers, students complete extensive research and writing projects, such as drafting bench memoranda, orders, or opinions on a broad range of subjects, including immigration, criminal law, habeas corpus, and complex commercial disputes. Students also are encouraged to attend court proceedings. Taught by Michelle Cherande and Judge Alison Nathan. (Offered Fall 2016)
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, located in downtown Brooklyn at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, is one of the premier U.S. Attorney's Offices in the country. The EDNY's Civil Division of the EDNY represents the interests of the United States in a wide range of affirmative civil actions involving Residential Mortgaged Back Securities, Civil Rights, Health Care Fraud, Defense Contractor Fraud, Mortgage Fraud, Civil and Criminal Asset Forfeiture, and Environmental Litigation. Its defensive practice, representing most Federal agencies, is also extraordinarily diverse, and includes bankruptcy cases, employment discrimination actions, and suits involving constitutional and common law torts. The USAO-EDNY selects up to twelve students to work as externs in its Civil Division each term. NYU also will select up to twelve students to participate in a seminar on civil litigation that is separate from, but complementary to, the externship. By participating in this externship, students will have an opportunity to learn about the inner workings of the federal justice system and government litigation. Each student will report to, assist and work under the supervision of one or two Civil Division Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs). Among other things, students help draft dispositive motions, complaints and answers, prepare written discovery demands, assist AUSAs in taking and defending depositions, in settlement negotiations and at trial. A few students each semester may have the opportunity to argue a motion before a federal district judge. The externship is designed to give students the broadest possible exposure to federal practice and the day-to-day tasks that litigators perform. The seminar meets weekly at the Law School for two-hour sessions to discuss, study, and learn how to perform those tasks as well as consider the strategic and tactical considerations that underlie litigation decisions. Students will also participate in in-class simulations to help them develop their advocacy skills. (Offered Fall 2016 and Spring 2017)
The United States Attorney's Office will select up to ten students for externships in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, one of the finest law offices in the country. Students will also participate in a seminar on government civil litigation in the Southern District of New York. The seminar is separate from, but complementary to, the externship. By participating in the externship, students will have an opportunity to learn about all aspects of litigation conducted by the government. Each student will report to, assist, and work under the supervision of one or two Civil Division Assistant United States Attorneys. Students will work closely with each of their supervisors in the investigation and litigation of civil cases in federal court in Manhattan and occasionally White Plains. The seminar meets weekly for two-hour evening sessions to discuss, study, and explore the many important roles of the government litigator. Classes will focus on ethical and strategic considerations in litigating cases, and will provide simulation opportunities in arguing motions, taking depositions, conducting settlement negotiations, and presenting opening statements. (Offered Fall 2016 and Spring 2017)
Students will conduct fieldwork at NY-based non-profit organizations representing LGBTQ individuals. For the Spring 2016 semester, each of the course's ten students has been placed at one of six partnering organizations: the Anti-Violence Project, Immigration Equality; Lambda Legal; the LGBTQ Rights Project at the New York Legal Assistance Group; the Peter Cicchino Youth Project at the Urban Justice Center, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. It is anticipated that a similar collection of organizations will host course students in future semesters. Substantive case work may include sexual-orientation or gender identity-based asylum claims; discrimination claims; transgender documentation issues (such as correcting gender on a birth certificate); housing cases; or orders of protection. A seminar focusing on the unique legal issues faced by LGBTQ individuals completes the students' work. Taught by Adjunct Professor Michael Kavey. (Offered Spring 2017)
The Local Prosecution Externship will immerse students in local prosecution, build concrete lawyering skills that lie at the heart of the prosecutorial function and exercise of discretion -- the interviewing, evaluation, and presentation of witnesses - and insure that each student develops the habit of critical reflection. It will use the evaluation and presentation of witnesses as the focus through which students learn to lawyer, consider difficult ethical issues, understand the scope and challenges of the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, and begin to develop case narratives. It combines two closely connected components: fieldwork in the office of the DANY (a minimum of 12-15 hours per week, depending on the office) and a weekly seminar that will support and supplement the on-site fieldwork. The seminar will employ a combination of readings, discussion, simulation and fieldwork case rounds to insure that every student achieves the goals of the externship. Taught by adjunct professor Deborah Gramiccioni and Evan Krutoy. (Offered Fall 2016 and Spring 2017)
Students in this clinic will be assigned to one of the division's of the City's Law Department, which handles all of the legal business of the City, its agencies, and its officials. Divisions that have housed clinic externs in the past have included the Legal Counsel Division (which advises the Mayor and City agencies on proposed policy initiatives and legislation, such as those related to public health), the Affirmative Litigation Division (which brings suits on behalf of the City, including those brought against companies illegally selling untaxed cigarettes), and the Environmental Law Division (which advises City officials on environmental issues such as remediation). In their clinic roles, students will be assigned to work on matters with division attorneys. Work might include research on legal issues, written memoranda for Law Department attorneys or clients, and the drafting of legal papers. The goal of the clinic is to give students a broad introduction to the work of the City's government and the lawyers who serve the government, whether by representing it in court or advising City officials in purely policy settings. Students will be expected to work approximately 10 hours per week at the Law Department. Taught by Michael Pastor and Gail Rubin. (Offered Fall 2016)
The chief mission of the Policing Project at NYU Law is to strengthen policing by applying the regular rules of democratic governance-by promoting greater engagement between police departments and their communities around matters of policy; drafting model policies on various aspects of policing; developing metrics that are better tailored to the goals of community policing; and engaging in cost-benefit analysis around policing practices. The Policing Project is pursuing these goals in various ways: we are working directly with police departments and communities on demonstration projects, researching and evaluating existing oversight models, engaging in public advocacy, convening conferences and roundtables with academics and law enforcement personnel, and engaging in some targeted litigation around policing issues. Students in the Policing Project Externship will work closely with the Policing Project at NYU Law as well as its coalition partners on all these various endeavors. The Externship is offered in both Fall and Spring, and students may sign up for either or both semesters. Taught by Barry Friedman and Maria Ponomarenko (Offered Fall 2016 and Spring 2017) To apply for this Externship, please go to this page.
The Pro Bono Scholars Program (PBSP) is a program started during the 2014-2015 school year under special rules of the New York Court of Appeals that allows law students to take the New York Bar Exam in February of their 3L year if they commit to spending the last semester of law school working full time on pro bono work through the law school for credit. After law students take the Bar Exam in February, their entire courseload in the Spring semester (March through May) will consist of this clinic. During the 12 weeks of this reconfigured semester, per Court rules, students will be expected to spend approximately 50 hours each week participating in the externship's/clinic's fieldwork and seminar. The fieldwork performed in this clinic must provide legal services to the underserved. The Clinic offers structured fieldwork opportunities with Make the Road NY and the Education Advocacy Clinic. The PBSP program will also on a case by case basis partner to develop work experience opportunities with other fieldwork providers.Students working with MRNY will have the option of providing direct legal services in immigration, fair wage employment work, housing and health policy matters. Law students working with the Education Advocacy Clinic will represent low-income students in New York City school suspension hearings and special education cases. Taught by Professor Sarah E. Burns and Adjunct Professor Deborah Axt, with assist from Professor Randi Levine for the Education Advocacy fieldwork training and supervision. (Offered Spring 2017)
The U.S. Attorney's Office will select up to ten students for externships in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY), located in Brooklyn. EDNY is a national leader in the prosecution of federal crimes, including terrorism, cybercrime, public corruption, organized crime, civil rights, business and securities fraud, violent crime and human trafficking. NYU will also select up to ten students to participate in a seminar on criminal prosecution that is separate from, but complementary to, the externship. By participating in this externship, students will have an opportunity to learn about the inner workings of the federal criminal justice system. Each student will report to, assist and work under the supervision of one or two Criminal Division Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) in the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases in federal court in Brooklyn. The students' work may include, for example, helping AUSAs who are preparing for trial, interviewing federal agents, attending proffers of cooperating witnesses, and drafting motions. Every student will appear in court on behalf of the United States at a bail hearing and/or other proceeding. The seminar meets weekly at the Law School for two-hour sessions to discuss, study, and explore the many important roles of the prosecutor in the federal criminal justice system. Classes will focus on ethical and strategic considerations in exercising prosecutorial authority and other challenges facing prosecutors. In particular, classes will examine how federal prosecutors may influence criminal cases at all stages of development, investigation and arrest through investigative technique, charging decisions, plea bargaining and sentencing. Students will also participate in in-class simulations to help them improve their advocacy skills. (Offered Fall 2016 and Spring 2017)
The United States Attorney's Office will select up to ten students for externships in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, recognized nationally as one of the finest prosecution offices in the country. Students will also participate in a seminar on criminal prosecution in the Southern District of New York. The seminar is separate from, but complementary to, the externship. By participating in the externship, students will have an opportunity to learn all about the inner workings of the federal criminal justice system. Each student will report to, assist, and work under the supervision of one or two Criminal Division Assistant United States Attorneys. Students will work closely with each of their supervisors in the investigation, preparation, and prosecution of criminal cases in federal court in Manhattan. The seminar meets weekly for two-hour evening sessions to discuss, study, and explore the many important roles of the prosecutor in the federal criminal justice system. Classes will focus on ethical and strategic considerations in exercising prosecutorial authority and other challenges facing prosecutors. In particular, classes will examine how federal prosecutors may influence criminal cases at all stages of development, investigation and arrest through investigative technique, charging decisions, plea bargaining and sentencing. (Offered Fall 2016 and Spring 2017)
The PILC Summer Funding Program includes several special paid internships. Students interested in these fellowships must complete special program applications in addition to completing program requirements for PILC Summer Funding, since payment will be administered through the Summer Funding Program.