In its fall 2018 issue, preLaw magazine awarded NYLS top marks in Business Law (A+), Family Law (A-), and Tax Law (A-). In addition, preLaw ranked NYLS No. 8 of 30 top schools in its “Best Schools for Legal Technology” feature.
Leadership in Business and Tax Law
Business and Financial Services is one of three curricular “pathways” and the “B” in NYLS’s “Think BIG” curriculum. Students interested in deepening their involvement in business law activities can affiliate with NYLS’s active Center for Business and Financial Law to attend special events, do original research, and network. NYLS offers cutting-edge courses in tax, taught by renowned experts and practitioners, as well as events through its Center for International Law and in conjunction with its steadfastly popular Graduate Tax Program, ranked No. 1 by New York Law Journal readers for nine years straight. With Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Financial District a short walk from campus, opportunities to be part of the New York financial scene are plentiful.
Leadership in Family Law
Family Law is another major area of interest for NYLS students and falls under the “Government and Public Interest” pathway, the “G” in NYLS’s “Think BIG” curriculum. NYLS has a dedicated academic institute, the Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families, part of its robust Impact Center for Public Interest Law. The School’s lower Manhattan campus is just a few blocks from Manhattan Family Court and Manhattan Supreme Court, as well as nearby nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and private matrimonial firms. This proximity provides opportunities for internships, externships, and networking. Courses, clinics, and activities in related areas, like Education Law and Immigration Law, are also abundant.
New Initiatives in Legal Technology
NYLS’s Business of Law Institute—announced in July 2018—offers courses, hands-on training opportunities, and extracurricular learning labs related to risk and compliance, privacy, cybersecurity, blockchain, artificial intelligence, e-discovery, and similar fields. The Institute is helping to build a pipeline of new lawyers to join the growing legal tech sector. Its development was guided by findings from a comprehensive market research survey that included substantial recommendations and insights from more than 100 leaders at major law firms, corporations, and legal technology companies. The Institute has had a busy first semester, and it’s just getting started.