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New York Law School

New York Law School's curriculum systematically integrates theory and practice. The traditional study of legal doctrine and institutions is always measured against the perspectives of legal practitioners. Fusing these perspectives gives the Law School's graduates an extraordinarily rich and strong basis on which to build a productive, responsible, and rewarding life in the profession.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 1503
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 149 - 154
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.83 - 3.4
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 80.6%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 80.2%
Tuition $49,225

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About New York Law School

New York Law School's curriculum systematically integrates theory and practice. The traditional study of legal doctrine and institutions is always measured against the perspectives of legal practitioners. Fusing these perspectives gives the Law School's graduates an extraordinarily rich and strong basis on which to build a productive, responsible, and rewarding life in the profession.

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New York Law School, a private institution in lower Manhattan, prides itself on pro­viding hands-on training to yield lawyers who pass the bar exam and who are “ready to make an impact on the legal profession.” The program has a heavy focus on practical courses and offers “many opportunities to take part in real lawyering while you are still in law school” through coursework as well as externships. There are plenty of opportuni­ties to tailor your program to fit your professional needs with 250 elective courses offer­ing a host of specialized areas of law. The NYLS campus employs “state-of-the-art facilities in a prime location of New York City. There are numerous courthouses within walking distance and students are encour­aged and sometimes required by professors to see the law in action first-hand,” says a 1L.The faculty at NYLS brings talent and expertise to each program making classes a pleasure. “Professors and deans make themselves accessible at all times, eager to help students in any way that he or she can, friendly in the hallways, want to get to know the student body,” beams a 2L. “The professors here actually care. They want their students to learn the law and join the legal field as competent and well trained lawyers. They focus less on theory and more on the challenges that we will face in practice. This is great, because most of us are here because we want to be practicing attorneys. For those who are interested in legal scholar­ship, the Law Review is a great way to get involved. Professors are generally more than happy to meet with students to give guidance on school, careers, and anything else,” says one student.“The assistant dean and registrar Oral Hope, is incredibly dedicated to his job and has more than once helped me organize a perfect class schedule. Professors are usually well qualified and like conveying their knowledge. They are also very accessible” says a 2L.Some students are not as satisfied with the administration, charging that it can be “unavailable and hostile to criticism.” Most students, however, view the management team as “present and very accessible to students,” as well as “very responsive to stu­dents’ needs.” As of June 2012, NYLS welcomed a new Dean and President, a new Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and a new Associate Dean for Career Planning.The classes at NYLS may not be suited for students seeking small classes and indi­vidual attention. Many students cite classes as being “seriously overcrowded.” When it comes to career services offered by the program, reviews are mixed. Some prospective lawyers on campus say that “career opportunities for students outside the top tier seem to be few and far between.” “Getting into prestigious law firms is extreme­ly difficult, and recruitment at NY Law is terrible.” Of course students at the top of their class view things differently, reporting that “it’s not difficult to get a big firm job here in NYC.” Citing the “huge network of practicing alumni” who hold positions at big name organizations in government, public interest, and firms of all sizes as their defense.“Like most things, law school is what you make it. NYLS has an enormous amount of resources available if one sought them out. If the school does not have something, they are willing to reach out to other institutions on your behalf. I have had the privilege of working with professors outside of the classroom, which has enabled me to further tap into the resources at NYLS,” retorts a 2L.Despite being a smaller campus, the facilities are impressive. Newer buildings are outfitted with state-of-the-art amenities, including “brand new classrooms, lounges,” study rooms, and a new library. “The classrooms, library and building in general are state of the art. Wireless internet and wireless printing is accessible everywhere in the building. The classrooms are designed in such a way that you can always see and hear the professor,” adds a 2L.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 7

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law and process related to the regulation of businesses and the financial services industry. Includes instruction in corporate law, antitrust law, securities law and regulation, negotiation, incorporation, partnerships, trusts, and related topics

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 1

Description: An advanced, professional program of the U.S. legal system, Constitution law, and jurisprudence. Includes instruction in legal history, legal sociology, philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal procedure, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 21

Description: An advanced, professional study of tax law and taxation procedures in U.S. or Canadian jurisdictions affecting individuals and corporations.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 562

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 2

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies and regulations affecting the health care industry, health professions, health services and insurance industries, and patients.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA with Baruch College 4 years of full time course load or 6 of part time course load. JD/MA in Forensic Psychology with John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. JD/LLM in Taxation and JD/LLM in Real Estate, JD/LLM in Financial Services Law, 4-to-5 years. 3+3 BA/JD with Stevens Institute of Technology, 6 years. Guaranteed admission program with Montclair State University.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 207
Full-Time Faculty 67
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 15
Part-Time Faculty 125
Faculty Gender 59% Male
40% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 20 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 48% Male
52% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 61%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 2%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 12%
Ethnicity Unknown 10%
Black or African American 7%
Asian 6%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $49,225 Same as On-Campus
Housing $22,800 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $72,025 $49,225

Financial Aid

89% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$54,082 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: June 1

Average Age Admitted: 25

Incoming Class

New York Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 150 - 155
LSAT Part-Time 149 - 153
LSAT Total 149 - 154

New York Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.86 - 3.41
Part-Time 2.75 - 3.39
Total 2.83 - 3.4

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Recommendations

Important: Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Resume, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Interview, Academic GPA, Work Experience

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

#76 National Liberal Arts Colleges High School Counselor Rankings
#99 National Liberal Arts

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 100%
First Time Pass Rate 81%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 150
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 80%
Average Starting Salary $58,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 142 30%
Firm Sized 11-25 19 4%
Firm Sized 26-50 21 4%
Firm Sized 51-100 14 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 13 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 5 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 12 2%
Business Industry 149 31%
Government 40 8%
Public Interest 23 5%
Federal Clerkship 5 1%
State Clerkship 15 3%
Academia 13 3%
Unknown Employer Type 5 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 9 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 82 14%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 10 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NJ 9%
NY 75%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of New York Law School include:

  • James S. Watson, NYLS 1913 - 1st African Amer. admitted to ABA,, became a judge
  • Robert F. Wagner, NYLS 1900 - US Senator, New York 1927-1949
  • David Kelley 1986 - US Attorney for the Southern District of New York
  • Wallace Stevens, NYLS 1903 - Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
  • John Marshall Harlan, NYLS 1924 - US Supreme Court Justice 1955-1971

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