NYLS Strategy

A Letter From Dean Anthony W. Crowell


Dear Colleagues,

I am proud to share New York Law School’s 2020 Strategic Plan: Ever Upward. As “New York’s law school,” we have always thought big. Now, we’re thinking bigger. We have important plans for the next five years to provide an academic program that allows our community to shape law and policy globally, while responding to the evolving demands of the legal profession.

Law schools today must be creative and visionary, as well as adaptable and efficient. The legal marketplace has fundamentally changed during the past 10 years, impacting law school enrollments nationwide. Though a strategic plan is necessarily aspirational, it must also be implemented thoughtfully within the context of a financial plan. Thus, while our goals are ambitious, our plan reflects a keen understanding that we will realize them through highly responsible fiscal stewardship and program management, generous philanthropy, and innovative academic and institutional partnerships to support extraordinary outcomes for a diverse student population.

Indeed, our most essential priority is providing our students with the knowledge and skills they will need to thrive as lawyers. Our graduates should embody the motto of New York State itself, Excelsior: Ever Upward.

We call ourselves New York’s law school because we hold ourselves to the same high standard. As Lower Manhattan’s preeminent legal education institution for almost 130 years, we know that the strengths that have sustained us for more than a century will serve us well into the future.

Learn more, and come be part of our work!

Anthony W. Crowell
Dean and President
Professor of Law