New York Law School’s academic centers, led by members of the faculty, continue to maximize the effectiveness of faculty research and scholarly endeavors, teaching, and activism, and to increase opportunities for students to engage in important policy issues. Six academic centers, described below, play an integral role in the Harlan Scholars honors program.
Center for Business and Financial Law
The Center for Business and Financial Law (CBFL) provides students with an unparalleled, rigorous, and integrated approach to academic study and skills training in all aspects of corporate, commercial, and financial law. Through cutting-edge courses, events, projects, and research, the CBFL brings together academics, practitioners, and students to address the challenges that animate business and finance.
Center for International Law
In 1996, aided by a grant from the C.V. Starr Foundation, the School created the C.V. Starr Center for International Law. The Center supports teaching and research in all areas of international law but concentrates on the law of international trade and finance, deriving much of its strength from interaction with New York’s business, commercial, financial, and legal communities. The Center sponsors events such as the prestigious C.V. Starr Lectures and the Otto L. Walter Lecture Series, which regularly bring world-renowned speakers to the Law School. It also provides extensive resources for researching careers in international law.
Center for New York City Law
Established in 1993, the Center for New York City Law is the only program of its kind in the country. Its objectives are to gather and disseminate information about New York City’s laws, rules, and procedures; to sponsor publications, symposia, and conferences on topics related to governing the City; and to suggest reforms to make city government more effective and efficient. The Center produces several publications, including CityLaw, which tracks New York City’s rules and regulations, how they are enforced, and court challenges to them; and CityLand, which reports decisions from the New York City land use agencies.
Center for Real Estate Studies
The Center for Real Estate Studies provides students with a unique educational opportunity to study both the private practice and public regulation of real estate. Launched in 2007, the Center offers an extensive selection of classroom courses, advanced seminars, and independent study projects, as well as externships in governmental offices and real estate firms. It also sponsors conferences, symposia, and continuing legal education programs on a broad spectrum of issues for New York’s real estate community. The Center aims to bridge the existing gap between the private practice and academic study of real estate, and is one of the premier research centers in the country for the study of real estate.
Impact Center for Public Interest Law
The Impact Center for Public Interest Law is the umbrella for public interest advocacy and training at New York Law School. The Center is committed to using the formidable power of law and legal education to advance social justice and to have a positive impact on the public interest, promote the practice of public interest law and expand the role of public interest law in the professional development of New York Law School students. The Impact Center provides New York Law School students with training and experience that will help them to become highly skilled public interest advocates and public servants and helps to foster their commitment to social justice throughout their careers.
The Impact Center also engages in advocacy on a wide range of legal issues that promote the rights, liberties, and social and economic empowerment of members of our community. Using litigation, appellate advocacy, legislative advocacy, policy research and community education, the Impact Center works to expand access to justice, eliminate the barriers to equal opportunity, and enhance the quality of public services.
Innovation Center for Law and Technology
NYLS’s newest center, the Innovation Center for Law and Technology is NYLS’s home for the study of technology, law, and society. Our students and faculty help drive the innovation economy by engaging with the community to address real-life matters in the fields of intellectual property, privacy, cyber-security, and entrepreneurship. We work across disciplines, and often partner with NYLS’s other academic centers, because technology has an outsized impact on multiple aspects of law and our daily lives. Our students go on to practice in myriad fields, including fashion, media, entertainment, sports, publishing, and associated industries. Through a rigorous curriculum that includes extensive clinical and experiential opportunities that students cannot find anywhere else, the Innovation Center prepares law students for the law and technology jobs of tomorrow.
Additional Institutes, Programs and Projects
Alternative Dispute Resolution Skills Program
The mission of New York Law School Alternative Dispute Resolution Skills Program is to prepare students to intelligently anticipate, avoid, manage and resolve client disputes in an efficient and commercially rational manner, while also providing education, training and resources to the legal and business community of which the School is a part.
Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families
The Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families exists to ensure that children and the families who care for them receive the legal assistance they need to remain safe and secure, and to thrive. Founded in 2009, the Institute offers a comprehensive curriculum aimed at creating excellent practitioners able to represent children and families in all aspects of family law. The Institute’s approach is holistic and interdisciplinary, recognizing that assisting families requires a basic understanding not merely of law, but also social work, psychology, and other fields. Institute members engage in volunteer externships, work with alumni mentors, and complete capstone projects that make concrete contributions to the lives of families in need. The Institute not only prepares graduates for successful careers, but also helps give New York’s children and families the support they need.
Institute for Global Law Justice and Policy
The Institute for Global Law Justice and Policy is a collaboration between faculty and students to pursue activities in the areas of global law, justice and policy. The collaboration involves leading scholars, experts from fields of national and international practice, and students at all levels of legal education. Institute fellows are always included in year long meetings convened under the auspices of the Global Law and Justice Colloquium. Students in the Colloquium get to participate in research and scholarship as it is being produced. They engage by writing reaction papers before the class as well as by participating by engaging with leading academics and practitioners in the class sessions, as well as more informally in smaller lunches and dinners.
Institute for In-House Counsel
The Institute for In-House Counsel is an initiative at New York Law School dedicated to the needs of in-house and corporate professionals. The Institute will address emerging legal, economic and business issues affecting companies from a variety of industries and sectors, and provide practical advice on how to successfully navigate the in-house/outside counsel relationship and communicate effectively with company leadership.
Institute for Professional Ethics
The Institute for Professional Ethics at New York Law School hosts a series of programs, symposia, and master classes for students and practitioners to create an ongoing dialogue about professional ethics. The Institute works with the school’s centers for Innovation, Business Law, Real Estate, as well as the Impact Center and the Criminal Justice Project to explore the ethical issues that arise in different practice areas. We focus on the role of the lawyer and future of the legal profession and law-related services in the U.S. and abroad. Students learn about law practice in a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional practice settings—from the law office to the court room to the board room to emerging virtual networks and legal process outsourcing firms. The goal of the Institute is to provide students with a sophisticated understanding of modern law practice and to equip students with the judgment and integrity needed to deal with the complex ethical and moral questions that lawyers confront.
Legal Practice Program
In fall 2011, New York Law School launched a new first-year skills program, Legal Practice, which provides students with a comprehensive introduction to lawyering skills at the beginning of their law school careers. The program is designed to prepare students for their first legal work experience and presents them with challenging scenarios that call on them to problem-solve and apply the law in context.
Racial Justice Project
Race continues to play a role in every aspect of American life, from housing to employment to policing to education. Although racial exclusion has largely moved beyond facial legal barriers to access and participation, the events of the last year demonstrate that we have not yet moved beyond our ugly history of racial bias, segregation, and discrimination. The Racial Justice Project is a legal advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the constitutional and civil rights of people who have been denied those rights on the basis of race and to increasing public awareness of racism and racial injustice in the areas of education, employment, political participation, economic inequality and criminal justice. The Racial Justice Project’s work includes impact litigation, appellate advocacy, legislative advocacy, and public education.