New York University School of Law, or NYU Law, was established in 1835. It is the oldest law school in New York City. Despite the rather large student population of just under 1,400, class sizes remain fairly small. There are currently more than 400 faculty members (including 158 full time) on staff, which results in lots of individualized attention. A strong alumni network also helps aid students after graduation.
There are many degree options at NYU Law, including J.D, LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees. Students also have the opportunity to complete joint degrees with other schools at NYU such as the Stern School of Business. Individuals can pursue dual degrees with outside schools, like the Harvard Kennedy School of Government or Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Some of the most popular areas of study are environmental law, intellectual property law, international law and tax law. NYU Law’s curriculum differs a bit from other law schools because even first-year students have the chance to participate in real-life cases through the “Lawyering Program.” During their second and third years, students take on cases through one of the 30 legal clinics or 25 on-campus centers. Students are also required to complete Colloquia seminar classes which are similar to several workshops on one topic.
There are also many opportunities for students outside the classroom. Students can choose to participate in one of the foreign exchange student programs, where they can select from more than 15 universities around the world. Law students can also work for any of the nine student-run law journals including “New York University Law Review,” “NYU Annual Survey of American Law,” “NYU Journal of International Law and Politics” and “Review of Law and Social Change.” NYU Law students have the choice of over 80 student organizations on campus. Students looking for more chances to get real-life trial experience and individual attention from professors should look into NYU Law’s program.