New York Law School Policies

Non-Discrimination and Harassment Policy of New York Law School

New York Law School’s facilities and services are available only to employers who agree to comply with the following: Discrimination and harassment interfere with the educational purpose of New York Law School and negatively affect all members of the Law School community. Faculty, staff, and students have a right to be free from discrimination and harassment based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, HIV/AIDS, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital or parental status, military status, domestic violence victim status, or any other classification protected by local, state, or federal law (“Protected Classification”). Discrimination or harassment directed at any member of the Law School community within the context of the Law School or Law School-sponsored activities will not be permitted, and complaints will be investigated promptly and thoroughly. New York Law School is proud of its policy of maintaining a work, academic and residential environment that encourages tolerance and respect for the dignity of each individual.

Go to Policies to read New York Law School’s Non-Discrimination and Harassment Policy, the Addendum to the Non-Discrimination and Harassment Policy, and the Sexual Misconduct Policy in their entirety.

New York Law School Grading System

NYLS has a rigorous grading system.  The faculty has adopted grading curves for all classes with enrollments over 20 students.  These curves are designed to set high standards.  A demanding grading standard has important consequences—illustrated when one compares GPA and class rank.

A student’s grade point average is calculated each semester by the Office of the Registrar. The work of each student is graded pursuant to the following academic standards:

A = Excellent (4.00)
B = Good (3.00)
C = Fair (2.00)
D = Poor (1.00)
F = Fail
W = Withdrawal without penalty

NYLS consistently resists grading inflation. When evaluating our students’ transcript and grade sheets, you should be aware that the faculty is constrained by the following limitations in the assignment of grades:

Range of mean grade for the first-year courses: 3.10-3.20
Range of mean grade for upper-level courses with more than 25 students: 3.10-3.33


Class rank curves are published by the Office of the Dean at the conclusion of the academic year. Class ranks for the classes of 2014 and 2015 are as follows:

Class of 2014                Full-time               Part-time          
Top 5%                                 3.82                        3.89
Top 10%                               3.65                        3.69
Top 15%                               3.55                        3.61
Top 20%                               3.45                        3.52
Top 25%                               3.36                        3.43

Class of 2015
Top 5%                                 3.80                        3.85
Top 10%                               3.67                        3.70
Top 15%                               3.53                        3.57
Top 20%                               3.41                        3.50
Top 25%                               3.34                        3.23