The New York Law School curriculum is distinguished by its innovative and successful integration of the study of theory and practice. Our distinctive skills-based curriculum offers clinics, externships, and practice-oriented simulations. Students collaborate with the Law School’s talented faculty and experts in each field of study, on projects that have real-world significance.
Learning by Doing
NYLS students have multiple opportunities to gain hands-on experience right inside their classrooms.
- A rich array of clinics, at NYLS and at city government and not-for-profit law offices, allow students to represent actual clients or work on other legal matters under the direct supervision of full-time faculty or attorneys.
- Several project-based learning courses challenge students to develop legal research skills as well as project planning, collaboration, and reporting.
- Advanced simulation courses enable students to hone their legal skills with actors playing the roles of clients in a variety of lawyering situations.
- Upper-level writing electives offer students opportunities to hone their skills drafting legal documents and writing legal memoranda and briefs.
- Award-winning competition teams such as the Moot Court Association and Dispute Resolution Team allow students to gain practical experience while representing the Law School, testing their skills against students from schools around the country.
An extensive externship program places students in the offices of practicing attorneys or in judicial chambers.
Academic Centers and Special Programs
The NYLS academic centers are an important part of New York Law School’s efforts to bridge theory and practice. These hubs of specialized study offer regular opportunities for exchange among the students, experienced faculty, and expert practitioners.
Students who perform in the top 15 percent of their law school class after their first year are invited to participate on the New York Law School Law Review. In addition, there are write-on competitions each summer for students outside of the top 15 percent who are interested in pursuing this rigorous writing and research co-curricular course.
Dean’s Leadership Council
The Council invites 1L students who perform in the top 25 percent of their class during their first semester, or later in the overall first year, to take part in a special series of dialogues with the Dean and top city leaders in law, business, and government.
Throughout the academic year, the Office of Academic Advising and Career Development conducts sessions on succeeding in law school, study skills, course selection, and other academic planning. Counselors in the Office are available to meet with students individually to discuss preparation for class and for exams, stress, course selection, and any and all issues that may affect students’ academic performance.
The Writing Program offers the services of a Writing Specialist to assist students in developing their writing skills. The Writing Specialist works with students on an individual basis and also conducts workshops on specific topics. Students may consult the Writing Specialist on their own initiative and may benefit from analysis of a writing diagnostic instrument administered through the Writing Program.