“preLaw” Magazine Awards NYLS Top Grades in Three Areas

This spring, NYLS earned top grades from preLaw magazine in three critical areas of legal training. NYLS received an “A” in Intellectual Property Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. The School also earned an “A-” in Trial Advocacy and Litigation.

A Top School for Intellectual Property Law

NYLS has a dynamic, highly-regarded intellectual property (IP) law discipline, taught by faculty who are sought-after experts in IP, gene patenting, and biotechnology. NYLS’s IP courses and programs are housed within the School’s Innovation Center for Law and Technology. In October 2016, the Innovation Center launched a Fashion Law Initiative that is focused on how new technologies—from fitness wearables to RFID tags—are changing the fashion world and the work of IP lawyers. In addition, NYLS offers two clinics in partnership with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: the PTO Patent Clinic and the PTO Trademark Clinic.

A Top School for Alternative Dispute Resolution

Students in NYLS’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Skills Program take introductory courses in negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and ADR. They then further their study through doctrinal and clinical opportunities in deal negotiation, conflict negotiation, domestic and international mediation and arbitration, cross-cultural negotiation, and area-specific dispute resolution regimes such as employment, securities, and family law dispute resolution. NYLS’s student-led Dispute Resolution Team represents the School in a wide range of competitions, including the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna and the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris, where NYLS has advanced to the final rounds three out of five years.

A Top School for Trial Advocacy and Litigation

NYLS’s Advocacy Program offers students interested in litigation the opportunity to study civil, criminal, or appellate advocacy in depth and to develop proficiency in an area of litigation. With not one, but two prosecution clinics (in Manhattan and Brooklyn) and its prime location steps from local and federal courthouses, The Legal Aid Society, other nonprofit advocacy groups, and prosecutors’ offices, NYLS is an ideal setting to learn advocacy skills. NYLS’s Moot Court Association is one of the largest and most successful student-run moot court organizations in the nation, and the School’s Trial Competition Team offers training in trial skills, including an introduction for students to case theory, storytelling, and witness examination. NYLS also offers Advocacy of Criminal Cases, an ambitious 6-credit course that fits an entire simulated felony case into a single spring semester.

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