New York Law School was just named one of the most innovative law schools in the country by preLaw magazine. NYLS was the only New York City area law school to be included in the list of 20.
From preLaw: “Law schools are experimenting with distance learning, alternative degrees and changes to the standard model of three years in the classroom…we celebrate the 20 law schools at the cutting edge—those that are trying new things in an effort to improve legal education.”
NYLS was singled out for “The Medical School Model,” based on the School’s Legal Practice Program for first year students. A major component of this required two-semester course is for students to work with “standardized clients,” trained actors with whom students practice their interviewing, fact-gathering, and counseling skills (modeled after “standardized patient” exercises in medical schools). The actors assess students based on various criteria, such as how students talk to them, what questions the students ask, and whether they, as clients, feel satisfied at the conclusion of their interaction.
Launched last fall, the program introduces students to lawyering skills at the beginning of their law school careers to address complaints in the legal industry of law students not being taught enough practical skills while in school. NYLS is one of only a few law schools to use this model.
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