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New York University School of Law

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New York University School of Law


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New York Law School Logo
Established 1835
Mailing address 40 Washington Square South, | New York | NY 10012
Phone 712-998-6100
Student-faculty ratio 9.0:1
Number of students enrolled 1464
Acceptance rate 24.2%
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 96.3%
Law school cost (tuition and fees) $48,950 per year


Established in 1835, the New York University School of Law (NYU Law) is one of the oldest and most prestigious law schools in the country. It is also considered to be among the top ten law schools of the United States. New York University School of Law is located in Greenwich Village, in downtown Manhattan.

Ranked at the top spot for international law programs and tax law programs by U.S. News & World Report, the school is known to maintain relations with scholars around the world. It was also in the news for inviting blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng and helping to defuse diplomatic tensions between U.S. and China.

In contrast to normal law school programs in the U.S., the New York University School of Law offers numerous study abroad programs and joint degrees with foreign universities. Two notable international joint programs offered by the New York University School of Law include a JD/LLB with Osgoode Hall School of Law in Toronto and an LLM in global economy and law from NYU and the National University of Singapore.

The study program is highly clinic oriented with 27 clinics. On completion of their first years at the university, students are required to focus on one area of law out of the nine available.

The Career Services office of the New York University School of Law is well known for maximizing job opportunities for students and adjusting to economic trends. When the recession saw some big law firms at peril, the school increased its focus on small law firms.


Rankings and reputation

The school ranks second for "Top 15 Schools From Which the Most 'Prestigious' Law Firms Hire New Lawyers." In government placements, too, the school is one of the best and ranks third for "Supreme Court Clerkship Placement." The University of Chicago Law School is also known for third highest per capita placement of alumni for U.S. Supreme Court Clerkships. In 2012, it was ranked fifth by the U.S. News & World Report in overall category.

New York University School of Law was also featured in a list of top law schools analyzed and ranked by LawCrossing CEO Harrison Barnes. This list can be found here: Top Law Schools Analyzed and Ranked by America's Top Legal Recruiter.



Admission process is selective as expected from one of the nation's best law schools. New classes of students have a median GPA of 3.71 and a median LSAT score of 172. The school places extra importance on students with demonstrated dedication to public services and ethnic diversity.

There is an Early-Action option like most law schools. Students wishing to apply for Early-Action need to have their June LSAT scores, and have to apply within October 15th. If an application for Early-Action is rejected, the same applicant cannot apply again with others. February 1st is the deadline for ordinary applications that do not opt for Early-Action.

The tuition fees are around $48000 and there are several scholarships available. However, the costs are compensated by the gain of a top notch educational brand on resumes that trails only Harvard in job placements with big law firms. Graduates of New York University School of Law have an average success rate of 96% at the bar admissions.

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