J.D. Applicants

A Message from Dean Crowell

For nearly 125 years, New York Law School has been a leader in providing an innovative legal education, delivered by a world class faculty, in the most important city in the world. As Dean and President, I have the honor of introducing you to the Law School: who we are, what we stand for, and our plans for the future.

We believe that a law degree is the most valuable professional degree available today. Indeed, as our world becomes increasingly complex and regulated, the study of law provides an extraordinary range of knowledge and skills that are highly valued, not only in the rapidly evolving legal profession, but in the business, government, nonprofit, and technology arenas as well. As the profession adapts to a structurally changed marketplace, NYLS is staying ahead of the curve. Our Strategic Plan addresses this exciting new landscape and provides a clear framework for our students to be the new leaders of the profession and beyond. That’s why we are focusing on key areas of employment and growth in the local and global economies, including in business and financial services; government and public interest; and intellectual property, media, and emerging technology.

To enhance the learning experience, we are leveraging our location in the heart of the City’s legal, financial, government, and tech centers by embracing and integrating New York City as our classroom. This is where it all happens. And what happens in New York City matters everywhere. Indeed, our nationally ranked clinical and experiential learning programs afford every student the chance to gain the real-world legal experience and contacts needed to be competitive in the new job market.

Of course, the success of our academic program depends on a strong, engaged, and influential school community. That’s why our faculty of renowned legal scholars and practitioners is dedicated to student learning both inside and outside of the classroom. They produce acclaimed scholarship and lead advocacy programs that help ensure access to justice, shape legal and public policy debates, and influence legislatures, the courts, and businesses. And they involve students in the process every step of the way. Further, our committed and diverse student body is focused on developing the knowledge, skills, and professional values necessary to succeed. Our students are as supportive of and excited for the success of their classmates as they are about their own achievements.

I invite you to visit our campus and explore what distinguishes our law school and the extraordinary education it provides. Speak to our expert faculty and spend time with our inspiring students. I know you will feel our excitement and our pride, and will want to benefit from the highly personalized approach we take ensuring that you have every opportunity to achieve your goals.

This is New York. We are New York’s law school.

Thank you,

Anthony W. Crowell
Dean and President
Professor of Law


NYLS offers two primary course sequences: the full-time day program and the part-time evening program. The Law School has also launched a two-year honors program. To learn more about the courses of study, please contact the Office of Admissions

The NYLS J.D. program is distinguished by its innovative and successful integration of the study of legal theory and practice. In addition to traditional required courses and more than 250 upper-level electives, our distinctive skills-based curriculum offers students unique opportunities to develop substantive expertise beyond a broad understanding of the law through our eight Academic Centers, and gain hands-on experience through Clinics, Externships, and Project-Based Learning courses.