J.D. Program

New York Law School’s curriculum systematically integrates theory and practice. The traditional study of legal doctrine and institutions is always measured against the perspectives of legal practitioners. Fusing these perspectives gives the Law School’s graduates an extraordinarily rich and strong basis on which to build a productive, responsible, and rewarding life in the legal profession.

The full-time faculty and instructional staff of 72 teach all the required courses and most of the elective courses. They have broad experience in law practice, public as well as private, and are actively engaged in legal scholarship. The Law School also enjoys the contributions of more than 100 adjunct faculty members, consisting of attorneys, judges, and other public officials who offer many elective courses each year in the fields of their expertise.

Students choose from two primary course sequences: the full-time day program and the part-time evening program. Full-time students usually complete the 86 credits required for the Juris Doctor in three years; part-time students in four years. The required courses include Civil Procedure; Contracts; Constitutional Law; Criminal Law; Evidence; Property; Torts; and Legislation and Regulation. Students also complete two courses emphasizing the development of professional legal skills: a two-semester course on Legal Practice; and a one-semester course on Professional Responsibility.

Beginning in January 2015, New York Law School will offer a two-year J.D. honors program. The program takes the 86-credit traditional NYLS three-year curriculum and offers it over a period of 24 consecutive months. Candidates for admission to the program will be expected to possess unique academic credentials or to have completed at least two to three years of meaningful professional work experience. For more information, click here.