Academics

The New York Law School curriculum is distinguished by its innovative and successful integration of the study of theory and practice. Our distinctive skills-based curriculum offers clinics, externships, and project-based learning. Students collaborate with the Law School’s talented faculty and experts in each field of study, on projects that have real-world significance.

Experiential Learning: NYLS students have multiple opportunities to gain hands-on experience right inside their classrooms.

  • A rich array of clinics, at NYLS and at city government and not-for-profit law offices, allow students to represent actual clients or work on other legal matters under the direct supervision of full-time faculty or attorneys.
  • Several project-based learning courses challenge students to develop legal research skills as well as project planning, collaboration, and reporting.
  • Advanced simulation courses enable students to hone their legal skills with actors playing the roles of clients in a variety of lawyering situations.
  • Upper-level writing electives offer students opportunities to hone their skills drafting legal documents and writing legal memoranda and briefs.
  • Award-winning competition teams such as the Moot Court Association and Dispute Resolution Team allow students to gain practical experience while representing the Law School, testing their skills against students from schools around the country.

Externships: An extensive externship program places students in the offices of practicing attorneys or in judicial chambers.

Academic Centers and Special Programs: The NYLS academic centers are an important part of New York Law School’s efforts to bridge theory and practice. These hubs of specialized study offer regular opportunities for exchange among the students, experienced faculty, and expert practitioners. The Law School also offers several special programs:

  • Students who perform in the top 15 percent of their law school class after their first year enter the John Marshall Harlan Scholars Program, a rigorous academic honors program that asks each Harlan Scholar to affiliate with a Center. In addition, Harlan Scholars are granted scholarship funding and a position of the New York Law School Law Review.
  • The Dean’s Leadership Council invites 1L students who perform in the top 25 percent of their class during their first semester, or later in the overall first year, to take part in a special series of dialogues with the Dean and top city leaders in law, business, and government.
  • The Comprehensive Curriculum Program focuses on providing intensive support primarily for students who perform in the bottom-third of their class after the first year, helping them turn a weak start into a powerful finish.
  • All graduating students benefits from the Law School’s Jumpstart Program, which offers students a five day-intensive immersion in the bar exam spread out over the spring semester.