New York Law School was one of the first law schools to establish an evening division. The school’s founders perceived a need to provide those in the workforce, or shouldering family obligations, a ﬂexible alternative to full-time legal education. The Evening Division also allowed students to build upon previously established successful careers and begin “second careers.'
Many of the Law School’s most distinguished alumni graduated from its Evening Division, including U.S. Senator Robert F. Wagner, author of the National Labor Relations Act and a principal architect of other New Deal labor and employment legislation. Each year, prominent alumni return to address students in a speaker series called Spotlight on the Evening Division, an acknowledgment of the division’s accomplishments.
Students in the Evening Division study with the same outstanding faculty as do students in the Day Division, and are often as engaged in extracurricular activities as their Day Division classmates. In addition, the Law School offers Evening Division students a variety of support services to help meet their individual needs as they balance family, work, and school obligations. A student organization—the Evening Students Association—works with faculty and administration to ensure that students in the Evening Division receive the same level of service as students in the Day Division. Evening Division classes generally meet Monday through Thursday between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.