Frequently Asked Questions

How much is tuition?

Visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page to learn more.

Do you have a part-time or evening J.D. program?

Yes. Evening students at NYLS attend courses Monday through Thursday, beginning at 6:00 p.m., and earn their J.D. degree in four years. Find more information on our Part-Time Evening Division page.

Which types of scholarships does NYLS offer?

NYLS offers a wide range of scholarships. Admitted students are automatically considered for a merit-based scholarship ranging from $5,000 to full-tuition. Merit-based scholarships are awarded based on information in your application materials. They are renewable as long as you remain in the top 50 percent of your class or maintain a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. at the end of each academic year. Full-tuition merit-based scholarships are renewed if you maintain good academic standing.

Continuing students can apply for NYLS’s financial literacy scholarships during their fall semesters. In addition, NYLS offers more than 100 donor scholarships, generously funded by our alumni. Continuing students can apply to donor scholarships during their spring semesters.

Finally, throughout the academic year, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid notifies all students of external scholarship opportunities. Visit our Scholarships page to learn more.

What is the Think BIG curriculum?

Our Think BIG curriculum targets the most in-demand fields—Business and financial services, Intellectual property and privacy, and Government and public interest law—to help students specialize in a fast-growing field and be practice-ready for any field.

Can I enroll in the spring?

No. We only offer admissions in the fall.

How do I apply to the J.D. program?

Submit a complete application online through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). All applicants must register with LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service before starting their applications.

A complete application will contain all of the following components:

  • Online application form
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Valid Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score (An LSAT score is valid for five years.)
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended, including foreign institutions
  • Letter(s) of recommendation (minimum: one, maximum: three)

What are NYLS’s J.D. application deadlines?

Our priority deadline is March 15, 2020. Our application cycle closes on June 30, 2020. Applicants who submit by our priority deadline typically receive a decision in four to six weeks. We evaluate applications on a rolling basis.

Does NYLS offer J.D. application fee waivers?

There is no fee to apply to NYLS.

Is there a particular undergraduate major that the Admissions Committee values highly?

No. NYLS welcomes and considers applications from all undergraduate majors.

Does an applicant with a graduate degree have an advantage in applying to NYLS?

No. The Admissions Committee considers all information included in an application and looks for the strongest candidates for law school, whether or not they have a graduate degree.

Which standardized test scores are required to apply to the J.D. program?

All applicants are required to submit a valid LSAT score. At this time, we do not accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT.

Can I submit my application before I take the LSAT?

Yes. If you apply and indicate on the application that you will be sitting for a future LSAT, your application will be held until we receive your score

If I have multiple LSAT scores, which does the school take into consideration?

Generally, the committee will take into account the highest score. However, in instances where the test has been taken more than three times, the average score is also taken into account. If you feel that one or more of your test scores does not reflect your full potential as a law student, you are welcome to address the disparity in an addendum to your application.

What range of LSAT scores and GPAs do NYLS students have?

Visit our Entering Class Profile page to learn more.

If I have been out of school for a while, from whom should I get a letter of recommendation?

We recommend asking a professional colleague—ideally a supervisor—to write your letter of recommendation.

Can I submit an addendum or additional written materials along with my application?

Yes. Examples include diversity statements, explanations of undergraduate and/or LSAT performance, and disability/financial hardship statements. Please make sure that the additional written material is not redundant to your personal statement.

Do you grant interviews for admission?

No. However, our Admissions Committee reserves the right to invite applicants for an interview if the committee determines that additional information would be helpful before making a final admissions decision.

Are there any additional requirements for international students?

Yes. NYLS requires all applicants who are international students to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum required score is 104 on the TOEFL, or 7 on the IELTS. You must take the TOEFL or IELTS within two years of the date of your application.

If you earned 60 or more of your undergraduate credits at an international institution where the primary language of instruction is not English, you are required to take the TOEFL. But note this exception: Applicants who would otherwise need to take the TOEFL because of their educational background are exempt if they have worked in the United States for two or more years at a legally incorporated business.

Be sure to send NYLS official score reports for the TOEFL or IELTS; photocopies of score reports are not valid.

If I am foreign-educated, where do I submit my transcripts?

International applicants must submit their transcripts directly from the issuing institution to LSAC. All transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope with the institution’s official stamp. Transcripts sent by you will not be accepted. Plan ahead; NYLS will need at least two weeks to review your transcript from the time it is processed by LSAC.

How can I check the status of my application and make sure it is complete?

Use NYLS’s application status checker. Please note that our Office of Admissions will not release this information to anyone except the applicant. Further, the Office does not give admissions decisions by phone.

How long do I have to accept an offer of admission?

To accept admission, NYLS requires that you submit two nonrefundable tuition deposits, totaling $800. The due dates for both deposits are included in your acceptance letter.

Can I defer my admission? If so, for how long?

You may request to postpone your attendance at NYLS by emailing an explanation of the reasons for your request to the Admissions Committee. You will be notified of the committee’s decision in writing, and if your deferment is permitted, it will be valid for one year. Scholarship offers are not guaranteed with your deferment.

When is the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid open?

The office is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.