NYLS Strategy

A Letter from Dean Anthony W. Crowell


To the New York Law School Community:

On behalf of the faculty, administration, and Board of Trustees of New York Law School, I’m proud to present you with our first annual report on the progress made and outcomes achieved since we reintroduced ourselves as “New York’s law school” and issued our Strategic Plan in 2013.

As legal education and the profession adapt to a structurally changed marketplace, and as we approach our 125th anniversary, NYLS is on the move in meeting the challenges and seizing the transformative opportunities being presented to us by the new economy. We’re aligning our curriculum to meet these new market demands; gaining national recognition and staying ahead of the curve by offering every student the unique opportunities to engage in clinical and experiential learning presented by our location in the world’s capital; and seeing positive results from revamping our bar preparation and career planning programs. We’ve also amassed an impressive record of scholarly and pedagogical achievement, and helped to shape the development of law and policy here and abroad.

Sustaining these gains, and making more of them, cannot be achieved in a climate of reduced law school enrollments nationally, including at NYLS, without careful financial management and operational right-sizing. Through more effective analysis and planning, we have restructured almost every department in the Law School and dramatically reduced our expenses over the past two years. At the same time, we’ve enhanced both service delivery and the overall student experience. We’ve also stabilized tuition, keeping it at the same level for the third straight year in 2014-15, and retooled our financial aid programs to help reduce student debt, including through new donor scholarship funding and other programs.

Indeed, New York Law School is proudly on the move to fulfill our vision as “New York’s law school” and to make a high-quality legal education more accessible to all. We thank you for your interest and look forward to sharing with you, in the pages that follow, the details of our accomplishments to build the future of our institution and the future of the profession, and to ensure access to justice, now and in the years ahead.

Anthony W. Crowell
Dean and President
Professor of Law