A Faculty Member and Former Evening Student
Kirk D. Burkhalter ’04, Professor of Law
“Ours is one of the nation’s oldest evening programs—it’s a part-time, four-year course of study designed for working professionals and others who may not be able to attend our traditional three-year J.D. program. Classes meet Monday through Thursday, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
I decided to attend New York Law School as an evening student because it is tailor-made for professionals entering law as a second career. I served 20 years in the New York City Police Department, retiring as a detective first grade—I attended NYLS, in the Evening Division, during my final four years with the department. I joined the faculty in 2010, and now teach Legal Practice, New York Law in National Perspective, and Consolidated Legal Analysis. I also teach in our Academic Success Program, a course where I have the pleasure of introducing many of our entering first-year law students to the study of law.
I can tell you from personal experience that evening students are fully integrated into the NYLS law student community—participating in academic advancement opportunities, including our journals and moot court; in student groups; and in other curricular opportunities, such as clinics and externships. I had the pleasure of serving as a member on the law school’s Law Review, as well as being active in a few student organizations.
Our administration is committed to supporting our evening students—we have extended office hours and added late appointment opportunities for key administrative offices. We encourage evening students to use the law school’s resources to support them in their professional endeavors.
NYLS is a vibrant, diverse, and supportive community of faculty, administrators, students, and alumni. We welcome you to contact us to learn more about visiting the campus and applying to the NYLS Evening Division.”
Wilda J. Rodriguez ’15
“As an evening division student, running from the courthouse or conference room to the classroom makes New York Law School my law school. Being at the center of the financial district and civic center encompassing City Hall, government offices, and courthouses, we truly are New York’s law school.”
Kevon Lewis ’14
“As a full time paralegal and evening student I decided to take advantage of all the opportunities New York Law School offers. I adjusted my mindset, and realized that being an evening student is not an excuse not to participate in extra- and co–curricular activities. I was determined to find ways to participate, and I did. I excelled academically, participated in moot court competitions, was a counselor with Street Law, took a clinic, became vice president of the evening division of the Black Law Students Association, and lots more.
I did it with the help of New York Law School’s amazing professors, faculty, and administrators who made it clear that they are always there to help me. The support of my fellow evening students who were going through it with me was equally encouraging. Law school is the most challenging and rewarding endeavor of my life. At New York Law School I always feel that everyone wants me to succeed. That community of school, faculty, administration, and students, more than anything, makes me feel that I when I chose New York Law School, I chose right.”
Danielle (Garcia) Sporcic ’15
“What makes NYLS unique is the camaraderie among students and a faculty that is truly invested in your legal education. At NYLS, you become part of a community and have a strong support system to guide you during your journey through law school and even after you pass the Bar.
Worried about networking? Look no further than the student next to you. You may be sitting next to a classmate who works at your dream firm or company. Evening students at NYLS come from diverse professional backgrounds.They not only provide a unique perspective in the classroom, but also act as a resource to help you start your legal career.”