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New York University School of Law

At NYU Law, academics are about more than just coursework; they are about interdisciplinary intellectual dialogue, first-hand lawyering and clinical experiences--and always, a global approach to training the leaders of tomorrow. To get a sense of some of our academic specialities and the first-rate faculty that teach them--as well as the many centers, colloquiua, lectures and student organizations that underscore them--explore the Areas of Focus section. There you can learn about Business, Clinical, Constitutional, Criminal, Environmental, Innovation, Interdisciplinary, International, Procedure, Public Interest and Tax Law.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 1471
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 169 - 173
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.54 - 3.84
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 95.54%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 96.89%
Tuition $51,150

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About New York University School of Law

At NYU Law, academics are about more than just coursework; they are about interdisciplinary intellectual dialogue, first-hand lawyering and clinical experiences--and always, a global approach to training the leaders of tomorrow. To get a sense of some of our academic specialities and the first-rate faculty that teach them--as well as the many centers, colloquiua, lectures and student organizations that underscore them--explore the Areas of Focus section. There you can learn about Business, Clinical, Constitutional, Criminal, Environmental, Innovation, Interdisciplinary, International, Procedure, Public Interest and Tax Law.

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New York University School of Law is a renowned, “rigorous,” and “practically focused” legal powerhouse that offers a ridiculous array of courses and a stunning number of programs, colloquia, institutes, and centers. “The academic buildings are wonderful.” Resources are world class and “fancy schmancy,” including a “huge” library. Students have access to some thirty clinics and over a dozen full-time clinical faculty members. They also have unmatched resources for pursuing public interest opportunities. “The dedication to public interest is unrivaled in the area, and everyone knows it and talks about it,” crows a 1L. Students collectively log thousands of volunteer hours, and thanks to “guaranteed” funding, roughly half of each first-year class secures public interest internships for the summer. There’s plenty of international flavor here, as well. A few hundred foreign students study law at NYU each year, and there are study abroad opportunities at several of the most distinguished universities in the world.Class sizes can be pretty large, particularly first year, but they’re “not intimidating,” and there are “interesting” discussions. Legal theory is part of the deal here, of course, but students also stress the fact that they’re exposed to copious amounts of “real law.” “The overall quality of the professors is mind-boggling.” They’re “top-notch academics from a very broad range of legal areas.” The faculty is “constantly strengthened by new additions,” as well. “NYU has worked tirelessly over the last two decades to amass a faculty that matches or surpasses any other in the country,” brags a 1L, “and it has suc­ceeded,” largely by “poaching them from places like Harvard and Yale.” “I guess money and the opportunity to live in the Village are too much to pass up,” muses a 2L. While a few professors are “really inaccessible” “academic researchers” and “less well-regarded as teachers,” most offer “real mentorship” and “want to get to know you.” “The faculty is deeply committed to student engagement, and they seem to genuinely enjoy it,” says a 1L. “The administration is extremely accommodating” as well. Picky students complain that their degrees are “underappreciated outside of the Northeast,” but the employment situation is nothing short of fabulous. There’s arguably no law school on the planet that better prepares its graduates for a career in the public sector, and Career Services for those students is “actually as well-resourced as the private-sector employment track.” “Anywhere you want to work in public interest law, there will be someone that the Public Interest Law Center can put you in touch with,” guarantees a 1L. Students who want to work at big firms are also highly successful. The career and networking opportunities “are fantastic in the New York area.” Many NYU Law graduates “with just average grades” have little trouble finding work at top-of-the-market compensation. “If you do well and want to work in a firm, you will,” declares a 2L. Other students are a little less cocky, but they’re still confident. “If you go to Career Services early enough in the game to fix what you’re doing,” relates a 2L, “you should be golden.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 537

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.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/LLM, JD/MBA, JD/MPA, JD/MPP, JD/MUP, JD/MSW, JD/MA, JD/PhD, JD/JD (Melbourne), JD/LLB (NUS)

Specialty Law Programs

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

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 240
Full-Time Faculty 155
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 13
Part-Time Faculty 72
Faculty Gender 65% Male
35% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 9 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 58% Male
42% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 58%
Multi-racial 1%
International 4%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Ethnicity Unknown 12%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 10%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $51,150 Same as On-Campus
Housing $21,720 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $72,870 $51,150

Financial Aid

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: February 15

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $85

Incoming Class

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

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 169 - 173
LSAT Total 169 - 173

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

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.54 - 3.84
Total 3.54 - 3.84

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#5 Best Career Prospects
#8 Best Classroom Experience
#9 Most Liberal Students

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 79%
First Time Pass Rate 96%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 650
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 97%
Average Starting Salary $160,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 6 1%
Firm Sized 11-25 4 1%
Firm Sized 26-50 0 1%
Firm Sized 51-100 1 0%
Firm Sized 101-250 21 4%
Firm Sized 251-500 32 7%
Firm Sized 501+ 234 50%
Business Industry 24 5%
Government 35 7%
Public Interest 69 15%
Federal Clerkship 27 6%
State Clerkship 10 2%
Academia 4 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 4 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 4 1%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 7 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DC 8%
CA 11%
NY 63%
International 2%

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