One expects outstanding intellectual leadership and scholarship from a law school faculty. At New York Law School, students enjoy something more: a dynamic group of nationally renowned scholars with extensive professional and public policy accomplishments. Most faculty members have had significant prior experience in legal practice: as public defenders, corporate lawyers,jurists, in government, and as advocates for the public interest. Students can draw on this rich store of real-world experience to better understand the law from the perspective of the practicing attorney.
Many Law School faculty members entered teaching after successful careers as practitioners in major firms, corporations, labor unions, and in government service. They have collectively authored more than 100 books and hundreds of articles in prominent scholarly law reviews and journals. Their works range from path-breaking legal history to up-to-the-minute advocacy of reshaping governmental powers, from international law to the law of New York State, and from legal practice to legal philosophy.
Through their scholarship, research, and advocacy, members of the faculty are engaged in some of society's most pressing concerns. In the area of economic and social justice here in the United States, they develop programs on economic literacy; advocate for civil liberties; testify before congressional committees; and accommodate media requests for their expertise. In the international arena, members of the faculty have a longstanding engagement with the development of constitutional democracy around the world, from South Africa to Latin America to Eastern Europe and elsewhere, and at the same time maintain a strong focus on issues of private international law, such as ongoing critical developments in the World Trade Organization.
Our faculty members value the opportunity to teach a diverse group of students---among the most diverse of any law school in the country---and the Law School is committed to a student-centered academic life. Faculty are available to students for coursework discussions, guidance on professional development goals, and intellectual exchange. Faculty members serve as advisers to the student-edited publications and student organizations. Their commitment is to their students' success. Through the academic centers, supervised externships and fellowships, the Lawyering Skills Center clinics, and other experiential learning courses, the faculty has created ever-expanding opportunities for New York Law School students to make a difference in the world long before graduation.