Academic and Bar Success
New York Law School provides all students with a continuum of academic and bar support from their admission to law school through their admission to the bar.
The School also helps students develop positive attitudes towards learning and identify, develop, and use the critical thinking skills necessary for the successful study of law, and practice of law, consistent with NYLS’s Student Learning Outcomes.
NYLS’s strategies for Academic and Bar Success incorporate collaborating with professors across the curriculum, individual coaching and feedback for students, first-year and upper-level skills courses, skills development workshops, and newsletters, as well as other guidance and support materials.
Academic Success Initiatives
All admitted students are invited to participate in the School’s Summer Advantage Institute and the First-Year Academic Success Program. There is no charge or academic credit earned for participating in these programs. The School also offers facilitated study group sessions and mock final exams.
Summer Advantage Institute
The Summer Advantage Institute (SAI) is a condensed introductory course in legal methods offered during the summer before the first year. The program demystifies law school by exposing participants to the full cycle of a law school course—from first assignment through final examination—in a short period of time. The program is offered in two forms: a multi-week extended version and a one-week intensive version.
First-Year Academic Success Program
The First-Year Academic Success Program (ASP) is a voluntary program that offers participants weekly skills sessions with Teaching Fellows. Teaching Fellows are high-achieving upper-level students. Each Teaching Fellow is assigned a small cohort of students from the Day Division or the Evening Division. In addition to teaching students learning skills, Teaching Fellows mentor their cohort of students and help them manage the demands of law school.
Bar Success Initiatives
To best prepare students for admission to the bar, NYLS lays out a road map for the multi-step process of fulfilling state bar licensing requirements. NYLS also offers individualized counseling for bar exam preparation and a range of other bar support programs. The School’s upper-level skills courses build upon the foundation in legal analysis that students receive in their first year of law school, providing emphasis on bar-exam writing and test-taking skills.
Bar success programs include a bar exam information session, a bar exam kick-off, a bar study mentoring program, bar exam skills workshops, and simulated exams.