New York Law School Announces Two-Year Honors Program

New York, NY (September 5, 2013) — Beginning in January 2015, New York Law School (NYLS) will offer a two-year J.D. honors program. Candidates for admission to the program will be expected to have completed at least two to three years of meaningful professional work experience or possess unique academic credentials. The accelerated, year-round program was designed by the Law School’s Faculty Committee on Innovation, launched by Dean Anthony W. Crowell shortly after joining NYLS as Dean and President in May 2012. One year later, the Committee, which included members of the Board of Trustees, presented the two-year honors program to the full faculty, which approved it unanimously.

The cost of the program will be no more than two-thirds of that of a traditional J.D. at the Law School; because it is an honors program, admission will automatically come with at least a $25,000 merit scholarship per year for each of the two years, for all enrolled students. In addition, the program is designed to allow students to participate fully in important co-curricular activities such as law review and moot court and to take advantage of clinics and other experiential learning opportunities.

“We’re offering an innovative, accelerated honors J.D. program, requiring an exceptional commitment to year-round, intensive academic work,” said Dean Crowell. “The program focuses on key growth sectors of the City’s economy: business and financial services; government and public interest; and intellectual property, media, and technology. The Law School will also guarantee postgraduate fellowships to all two-year honor students through partnerships with firms, companies, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.”

The new program is the latest bold initiative announced by NYLS, following the recent news of the Law School’s historic doubling of its clinics, from 13 to 26, in just one year. It is laid out in NYLS’ recently released Strategic Plan, outlining key changes that are being implemented at the Law School.

“New York Law School will offer an educational experience unlike any other accelerated program, one that serves as another example of how we are creating learning opportunities that are unique and take advantage of all New York has to offer,” said Dean Crowell.

“The two-year honors program capitalizes on our top-notch faculty, strong academic programs, and ability to connect to individuals, groups, and enterprises working in areas of law including New York City law, real estate law, intellectual property law, public interest law, and more,” said Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Deborah N. Archer. “By offering this type of curricular focus, NYLS is able to attract students with solid work experience or proven interest in these fields and structure the curricula accordingly.”

“This will be very attractive option for the candidate seeking a legal education who has strong credentials and the drive to complete such a rigorous program” said Admissions Dean Adam W. Barrett.

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 more than 120 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 15,000 graduates and currently enrolls approximately 1,200 full-time and part-time students in its J.D. program and 95 students in its five advanced-degree programs in American business law, financial services law, real estate, tax, and mental disability law studies. Learn more about New York’s law school at