NYLS’s 86-credit J.D. Program systematically integrates theory and practice. Fusing these perspectives gives our graduates an extraordinarily rich and strong basis on which to build a productive, responsible, and rewarding life in the legal profession.
The School’s accomplished full-time faculty and instructional staff teach all required courses and most elective courses. NYLS also draws on New York City’s talented legal community for its adjunct faculty members. These attorneys, judges, and public ofﬁcials teach many elective courses each year in their field of expertise.
Through clinics, academic centers, journals, and other activities, NYLS students can pursue specialty areas that relate to their professional goals.
Students may choose from two primary course sequences: the three-year, full-time Day Division and the four-year, part-time Evening Division. NYLS also offers joint-degree programs, in conjunction with other educational institutions. Explore these and other pathways for J.D. applicants.
Through NYLS’s Think BIG curriculum, students choose one of three in-demand legal pathways: Business and financial services, Intellectual property and privacy, and Government and public interest law.
Curriculum and Requirements
NYLS’s J.D. Program is demanding yet flexible, providing the high-caliber foundational education all lawyers need while allowing plentiful opportunities for students to follow their interests, find their focus, and gain skills in a rapidly growing area of law.