The school offers three types of legal degrees: a J.D., an LL.M., and a J.S.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). The J.D. degree is typically completed within three years with a full-time workload. The general LL.M. degree program is but one of a variety of specialized graduate programs offered by the school which include programs in corporation law
, international legal studies, trade regulation, taxation, and international taxation.
NYU Law also engages in a number of partnerships with other schools, including the National University of Singapore. Students may enroll in the dual-degree program to earn an LL.M. in Law and the Global Economy. The school has also formed an alliance with the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto, Canada, which enables students to study at both schools while pursuing a joint Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and J.D. degree over four years. This highly competitive program is made available to only a very small group of students every year (20 or fewer).
The seven most popular areas of academic study at NYU Law are as follows:
- Business Law
- Clinical and Advocacy Programs
- Criminal Law
- Environmental and Land Use Law
- Hauser Global Law School Program
- Public Interest Law
- Tax Law
There is no part-time or evening J.D. program available at the school. All enrolled students must work according to a full-time day schedule.
The J.S.D. at NYU Law
is offered to those interested in pursuing a career in academia, focusing on legal research and scholarship. The program also places special emphasis on helping graduates find the best teaching positions throughout the world. Students in this program receive a three-year stipend of $20,000 per year conditional on meeting certain academic benchmarks.
Says Dean Richard Revesz of the variety of programs offered by the school, "Our educational goals go well beyond providing future lawyers with the basic tools of the profession. Of course we are scrupulous about preparing our graduates to practice at the highest levels of competency; we want them to have a spectacular foundation on which to build an intellectually demanding and satisfying career in whichever area of the law they ultimately choose. That's a given. But we also look to create for our students what may be the most exciting and important three years of their lives, as they encounter the law as a formal discipline for the first time and begin to grapple seriously with issues related to basic questions of liberty, justice, compassion, fairness, and (more technically) due process."
NYU School of Law is home to a number of student-edited law journals, including the following:
- New York University Law Review
- New York University Annual Survey of American Law
- New York University Journal of International Law and Politics
- New York University Review of Law & Social Change
- New York University Environmental Law Journal
- New York University Journal of Legislation & Public Policy
- New York University Journal of Law & Liberty
- New York University Journal of Law & Business
Four faculty-edited journals are also sponsored by the school: the Clinical Law Review
, the East European Constitutional Review
, the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I·CON)
, and the Tax Law Review
Though the school is very highly ranked, its rate of acceptance is a comparatively high 21.1% in terms of the acceptance rates of other similarly ranked schools. Tuition for the 2006-2007 academic year totaled $38,980 with an additional $18,955 allotted for room and board.
LSAT scores for the class entering in the fall of 2007 ranged from 169 to 173 at the 25th and 75th percentiles. The corresponding GPAs were 3.6 and 3.9.
Famous NYU School of Law
alumni include the following: John F. Kennedy Jr., Nobel Peace Prize laureates Elihu Root and Mohamed ElBaradei, New York City mayors Fiorello LaGuardia, Ed Koch, and Rudy Giuliani, senators Lamar Alexander, Rudy Boschwitz, and Jacob Javits, and Judith Kaye, chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals.
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