Centers and Institutes

NYLS’s academic centers and institutes, led by members of the faculty, are hubs of scholarly research and writing, teaching, activism, and student engagement.

Centers and Institutes

New York Law School’s academic centers and institutes, led by members of the faculty, are hubs of scholarly research and writing, teaching, activism, and student engagement.

Upcoming Center Events

Academic Centers

The Center for Business and Financial Law provides students with an unparalleled, rigorous, and integrated approach to academic study and skills training in all aspects of corporate, commercial, and financial law.

The Center for International Law supports all areas of international law, deriving much of its strength from interaction with New York’s corporate, commercial trade, humanitarian, and legal sectors.

The Center for New York City Law, a one-of-a-kind-program, disseminates information about New York City’s laws, rules, and procedures; sponsors publications, symposia, and conferences on city governance topics; and suggests reforms to make city government more effective and efficient.

The Center for Real Estate Studies allows students to study both the private practice and public regulation of real estate. Through an engaged and accomplished faculty, the Center offers an extensive selection of courses, advanced seminars, independent study projects, and externships in governmental offices and real estate firms.

The Innovation Center for Law and Technology addresses technology’s cross-disciplinary impact on law and society; advances knowledge in the fields of intellectual property, privacy, and technology law; and provides opportunities for students to gain real-world experience in these fields.

The Wilf Impact Center for Public Interest Law is committed to utilizing the law and legal education to advance social justice, promote the practice of public interest law, and expand the role of public interest law in the professional development of NYLS students.

Institutes and Projects

Partner Nonprofits

NYLS shares space with outside nonprofit organizations, allowing for the open exchange of ideas and collaborative social justice-focused projects involving faculty, students, and outside partners. These partners are part of the School’s Social Justice Hub.

5BORO Institute
The 5BORO Institute is a cutting-edge think tank that will advance fiscally responsible, equitable and creative solutions to New York City’s most challenging problems.

Ethical Shareholder Initiative
The Ethical Shareholder Project is a nonprofit that is building a platform for shareholders to make voting decisions with ethical, social, and environmental considerations in mind. 

Fair and Just Prosecution
Fair and Just Prosecution enables a new generation of leaders to move beyond incarceration-driven approaches and develop policies that promote a smarter and more equitable justice system grounded in fairness, equity, compassion, and fiscal responsibility.

Fines & Fees Justice Center
The Fines & Fees Justice Center seeks to restore integrity to our justice system by eliminating the harmful and unjust impacts of fines and fees.

Safe Passage Project
The Safe Passage Project, founded by Professor Lenni Benson, is a nonprofit immigration legal services organization providing free lawyers to refugee and immigrant children in the New York City-area who face deportation back to life-threatening situations, despite their strong legal claim to stay in the United States.