NYLS Earns High Scores in Criminal Law and Public Interest Law From “preLaw” Magazine

NYLS has earned new accolades from preLaw magazine. In its new “Back-to-School” issue, the magazine awarded NYLS an “A” in Criminal Law and an “A-” in Public Interest Law, listing it as one of the top law schools in these areas.

NYLS’s dynamic “Think BIG” curriculum allows students to specialize in public interest and/or criminal defense and criminal prosecution through its “Government and Public Interest Law” track, one of its three core academic pathways and the “G” in “BIG.” NYLS also offers a Criminal Prosecution Track in connection with its Impact Center for Public Interest Law, one of six major academic centers, as well as an Advocacy Certificate in Criminal Advocacy.

Students can explore criminal law and public interest law from all sides while learning real-world skills: The Criminal Prosecution Clinic partners with the Manhattan and Brooklyn District Attorney’s Offices. Students work with police officers, victims, and witnesses to prosecute misdemeanor cases from arraignment through trial. The Criminal Defense Clinic partners with The Legal Aid Society; students represent low-income defendants in misdemeanor cases from arraignment through trial. The Post-Conviction Innocence Clinic represents convicted felons who present claims of innocence and seek to reverse their convictions. NYLS’s public interest courses include two highly respected clinics that serve immigrants: the Asylum Clinic, which aids refugees fleeing their home countries and seeking safety in the United States, and the Immigration Law and Litigation Clinic, which represents unaccompanied child and teenage immigrants in immigration court. New clinic offerings in 2018–19 include the Legislative Advocacy Clinic–Everytown for Gun Safety and the Nonprofit and Small Business Clinic.

NYLS also appeared in preLaw’s lists of top law schools for Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Environmental Law earlier this year.

More Information

  • Read the 2018 “back to school” issue of preLaw.