Awards Recognize Business Leaders Pursuing Law Degrees
New York, NY (February 17, 2015) — Recognizing the extraordinary talent and commitment of professionals who seek a law degree while working, Dean Anthony W. Crowell today announced the creation of a scholarship program for outstanding business professionals entering New York Law School’s (NYLS) part-time Evening Division.
The new “Business Leaders Scholarship Program” will offer three full-tuition and six half-tuition scholarships to working professionals pursuing a law degree from NYLS to enhance their careers. The Business Leaders Scholarship Program is accepting applications for the fall 2015 semester. Eligibility is based on undergraduate GPA, LSAT score, and demonstrated professional leadership.
“Talk about multi-tasking. When I consider the drive and hard work of the many NYLS alumni who pursued a law degree while working, I am so proud. This new scholarship program celebrates our long history of enabling a diverse body of students to build on their success in current jobs or to begin second careers. Today they include our most influential and accomplished graduates—and our most supportive and generous alumni,” said Dean Crowell.
Founded in 1904, New York Law School’s Evening Division is strategically located in close proximity to the financial markets; key city, state, and federal government offices; as well as downtown’s business sector and growing tech and nonprofit sectors, enabling busy professionals to work and study in the same neighborhood. The program is taught by a renowned faculty of scholars and practitioners, many of whom have significant experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors.
Working professionals who have attended NYLS’s part-time Evening Division have come from a wide array of industries and sectors, including a substantial number who augment their business and financial expertise with a law degree. Students come from companies such as JPMorgan Chase, Credit Suisse, Starr Companies, and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank. In addition, individuals working at the New York City Department of Education, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Children’s Aid Society—key government and public interest employers—have attended NYLS’s Evening Division program and returned to their workforce with law degrees. In the area of intellectual property, media, technology, and applied sciences, students in the Evening Division have held positions at IBM, Viacom Media Networks, the intellectual property law firm of Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C., Pfizer Inc., and Merck, among others.
NYLS’s Evening Division is a part-time, four-year course of study designed for working professionals and others who may not be able to attend the traditional three-year, or the new two-year, program. Evening students are fully integrated into the NYLS community—participating in the Law School’s top-ranked clinics and an incredible array of other academic and professional advancement opportunities, including its:
- Center for Business and Financial Law;
- Center for Real Estate Studies;
- Institute for In House Counsel;
- Compliance Working Group;
- Entrepreneurship Program;
- Alternative Dispute Resolution Program;
- Law Review; and
- Award-winning Dispute Resolution and Moot Court Teams.
“These students are a wonderful group of purpose-driven, disciplined, and resourceful individuals. They attend the Evening Division while maintaining full-time careers and raising families in a wide range of places, and they still give their all in the classroom. And the faculty who teach at the Evening Division also deserve high praise for carrying on the tradition of excellence in part-time education more than 110 years after the Evening Division was created,” said Dean Crowell.
Notable graduates include Vincent Viola ’83, who attended the Evening Division while working as a trader at the New York Mercantile Exchange. He went on to found Virtu Financial, a high-tech, high-frequency trading firm, and recently bought the Florida Panthers ice hockey team. NYLS Trustee Charles E. Phillips Jr. ’93 is the Chief Executive Officer of Infor, the third largest provider of enterprise applications and services in the world, with 70,000 customers in 194 countries. Mr. Phillips attended the Evening Division while working at major investment banks, and he sits on the boards of major corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Another Evening Division graduate is leading immigration lawyer Freddi Weintraub ’88, from the firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, who represented a major international investment management firm tragically impacted by the 9/11 attacks, and has been heralded for her immigration pro bono work.
Potential Evening Division applicants are invited to attend a special information session at NYLS on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at 185 West Broadway. There will be three sessions: one focusing on public interest law (5:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m.); one on intellectual property law (6:15 p.m.-7:00 p.m.); and one on business and financial law (7:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m.). To RSVP for this event, contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at 212.431.2888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About New York Law School
Founded in 1891, New York Law School (NYLS) is an independent law school located in the heart of New York City’s legal, government, financial, and emerging tech centers. Known as “New York’s law school,” NYLS embraces the City as its classroom by complementing a rigorous legal education with an innovative and diverse set of “uniquely New York” experiential learning opportunities. Since opening our doors nearly 125 years ago, we have produced graduates who have gone on to hold high elected and appointed office in the City, lead large and small firms, and gain broad recognition as captains of business and industry. Our renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in such areas as constitutional law, civil and human rights, business and finance law, media and information law, tax law, real estate, and a number of interdisciplinary fields. NYLS has more than 17,000 graduates and currently enrolls approximately 1,000 full-time and part-time students in its J.D. program. The Law School also offers advanced-degree programs in American Business Law and Tax Law. Learn more about New York’s law school at www.nyls.edu.