2013 NYU School of Law Admissions Brochure
An introduction to NYU School of Law.
NYU School of Law NYU Law is: 2 in international law as the home of the Hauser Global Law School Program. A leader in business law with the Mitchell Jacobson Leadership Program. An innovator in public interest and clinics, guaranteeing summer funding for 1Ls and 2Ls working in government and nonprofit organizations. A pacesetter An intellectual powerhouse with 11 colloquia and 29 centers and institutes. 3 “ Professor Frank Upham needed an RA to write a paper with him about law and development in Cambodia, and I applied. He then helped me get a job as a legal intern in the Land Law Program at Legal Aid Cambodia in Phnom Penh. As part of the research, I did interviews with advocates and technical advisers in the field and co-authored a paper. We later presented the paper at a conference in Florence. L E A H T R Z C I N S K I ’13 New York University School of Law prides itself on offering dual-degree programs in everything from law and business to law and philosophy. JD/LLM in International Law or in Taxation at the Law School JD/MA or PhD in economics, history, philosophy, and politics with NYU JD/MA in French studies, and Latin American and Caribbean studies with NYU JD/MBA, JD/MPA, JD/MSW, and JD/MUP with NYU JD/MPA with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University JD/MPA and JD/MPP with the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University JD/JD with Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne JD/LLB with the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law ” 4 Business Clinics Constitutional Criminal Environmental Intellectual Property & Antitrust Interdisciplinary International Labor and Employment Law Procedure Tax An inspiring TED Talk on criminal justice and the power of identity by Professor Bryan Stevenson, leader of the Equal Justice and Defender Clinic, raised $1 million in 24 hours for his nonprofit legal defense organization. 1 1 A REAS OF STUDY offer students a wide choice of academic specialties with courses taught by faculty who are leaders in their fields. NYU School of Law creates a closeknit, vibrant community through its rigorous academic programs— such as those in criminal law, environmental law, international law, and legal philosophy—and an extensive array of clinics and centers, as well as opportunities for students to collaborate with faculty and participate in a wealth of activities. To explore the areas of study—and to hear from students about their academic experiences—go to law.nyu.edu. 5 6 The 1LYear “ I took International Law as a 1L with Professor José Alvarez. The course was comprehensive and very helpful for me. On my applications for summer jobs, employers were excited to see that I had already had a grounding in international law. That summer I went to Vienna to work at the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization in the office of legal affairs. R A C H E L W E I S E ’12 First-years at NYU Law get the best possible foundation in both legal theory and practice. The Lawyering Program teaches real-world skills that every lawyer needs to practice effectively. Lawyering class size averages 30 students. Legislation and the Regulatory State, specially designed by the Law School, introduces the materials, concepts, and tools that lawyers must have in a world of statutes and regulations. It also helps students better absorb the ideas and issues covered in Contracts, Criminal Law, Procedure, and Torts, all required first-year courses. (Property and Constitutional Law are mandatory too, but don’t need to be taken in the first year.) 1L Electives were first offered in 2006 in response to student interest. They had asked for one, but the dean and the faculty liked the idea so much that there are now five: Constitutional Law Corporations Income Taxation International Law Property ” 7 “ It’s great that NYU Law lets you take an elective as a 1L—many other schools don’t. I took Corporations with Jennifer Arlen ’86. She was a wonderful teacher and extremely friendly. For instance, when we were trying to decide on our 2L courses, she had an informal information session at her house and advised people on what courses to take if they were interested in corporate law. CO L L E E N L E E ’ 1 3 ” 8 Training leaders for the 21st century is at the core of NYU Law’s mission, from our specially tailored 1L curriculum to our interdisciplinary programs reflecting the interconnectedness of today’s world. Two new provocative areas of study, Law of Democracy and Law and Security, were developed principally by members of our faculty. The Law School has also established specialized leadership training along with several Professional Pathways that offer guidance to students interested in preparing for careers in areas such as criminal practice, intellectual property and information law, or tax law. Students pursuing other practice areas benefit from ample support as well. NYU Law awards many scholarships in amounts up to full tuition. Offering more than financial support, they provide fully integrated academic and professional programs. AnBryce Scholarship Bickel & Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights Scholarship Furman Academic Scholars Program Furman Public Policy Scholarship Institute for International Law and Justice Scholarship Mitchell Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholarship Program Dean’s Scholarships are awarded based on merit and/or need, in amounts up to full tuition. 9 Renowned for its program in international law, NYU Law is the first truly global law school. Our Hauser Global Law School Program weaves an international perspective into everything we do. There are typically 60 courses taught in international, comparative, and foreign law each year, and International Law is now a first-year elective. The NYU Law Abroad Program in Paris, Buenos Aires, and Shanghai will further expand the opportunities for firsthand learning. As globalization reshapes the way people think about the interaction of business and law, NYU Law is breaking new ground and deepening the bench of faculty members with real-world expertise. The Mitchell Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business offers joint classes with the Stern School of Business, and unique transaction courses in which students work closely with top-notch practitioners and full-time faculty to learn how deals are structured to add value. And the Law School is opening up yet more doors with additional business and financial course options overseas, even more work opportunities abroad, and a program to study government in DC. 39 clinics taught by some of the most experienced faculty in the nation. Bankruptcy Clinic Brennan Center Public Policy Advocacy Clinic Business Law Transactions Clinic Children’s Rights Clinic Civil Rights Clinic Community Development and Economic Justice Clinic Community Reentry and Reintegration Clinic Comparative Criminal Justice Clinic Constitutional Transitions Clinic Criminal Appellate Defender Clinic Criminal and Community Defense Clinic Employment and Housing Discrimination Clinic Students from the Constitutional Transitions Clinic recently traveled to Tunisia to present their research on constitution drafting and reform processes to an audience at the University of Tunis AlManar. They even met with the president of Tunisia at the presidential palace. Immigrant Defense Clinic Immigrant Rights Clinic International Environmental Law Clinic International Human Rights Clinic International Organizations Clinic Juvenile Defender Clinic Legal Ethics Bureau at NYU Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic LGBT Rights Clinic Litigation, Organizing and Systemic Change Clinic Mediation Clinic Mediation Clinic – Advanced New York Civil Liberties Clinic Prosecution Clinic – EDNY Prosecution Clinic – SDNY Racial Justice Clinic Regulatory Policy Clinic Reproductive Justice and Women’s Equality Clinic Tax Clinic Technology Law and Policy Clinic Environmental Law Clinic Equal Justice and Defender Clinic Family Defense Clinic Federal Defender Clinic Global Justice Clinic Government Civil Litigation Clinic – EDNY Government Civil Litigation Clinic – SDNY 10 29 centers and institutes NYU Law has a vibrant intellectual life built around Center for Transnational Litigation and Commercial Law Dwight D. Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration (IJA) Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental and Land Use Law Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy Information Law Institute Institute for Affordable Housing Policy Institute for International Law and Justice (IILJ) Institute for Law & Society Institute for Policy Integrity Jacob D. Fuchsberg Clinical Law Center Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice Migration Policy Institute National Center on Philanthropy and the Law Pollack Center for Law & Business Public Interest Law Center Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law & Justice Tikvah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization US-Asia Law Institute that encourage the exchange of ideas through conferences, fellowships, academic programs, and courses. Bickel & Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights Brennan Center for Justice Center on the Administration of Criminal Law Center for Constitutional Transitions Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) Center for Labor and Employment Law Center for Law, Economics and Organization Center on Law and Security Center for Research in Crime and Justice Center for Financial Institutions Rachel Barkow, Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy and faculty director of the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, was recently confirmed to the US Sentencing Commission. Barkow focuses in her scholarship on the relationship between modern sentencing laws and the constitutional role of the criminal jury. 11 Public service is a real calling card of NYU Law, from our Public Interest Law Center to our Root-Tilden-Kern scholarships to our Loan Repayment Assistance Program. The PILC Summer Funding Program, the most ambitious such program in the nation, guarantees funding to all first-year and second-year students who want to work in public interest and government positions. In 2013, 434 students participated in the PILC Summer Program, working in 29 countries. The Root-Tilden-Kern Scholarship Program, NYU’s flagship public interest scholarship, was established more than 50 years ago, and awards full tuition to 20 scholars, selected for their commitment to working in public service, academic merit, and leadership potential. The Bickel & Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights Scholarship offers full-tuition support to students who intend to pursue careers serving Latino communities. The Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) assists more than 450 JD graduates worldwide who choose careers in the public service or other low-paying fields of law by easing the burden of debt repayment obligations. Graduates who choose careers in public service or with not-for-profit organizations following graduation will, provided that their qualifying income is below the level provided in the published qualifying income scale, have their debt burden paid in full or in part by NYU. Among the Washington insiders teaching at NYU Law: Neil Barofsky ’95, former special inspector general of the Troubled Asset Relief Program; former White House counsels Robert Bauer and C. Boyden Gray; Sally Katzen, former administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs; and David Kamin ’09, former special assistant to the president for economic policy. 12 Off-Hours Fun: Another Kind of Education Andrea Ravich ’12 describes a downtown adventure , our in Life at at NYU NYULaw Law, ourstudent-written student-writtenblog. blog. The proctors called time on our Civil Procedure exam, and the building shook with the collective sigh of relief of 450 first-year students. The morning had been hectic, and it had been pouring rain—making even my five-minute walk from my West Village apartment somewhat treacherous. So walking—no, skipping—out of Vanderbilt Hall to meet some classmates and discovering that the storm had turned into a mere drizzle was the cherry on top of my relief’s sundae. An hour later, we emerged from a restaurant as the sun was breaking through the clouds. The combination of lack of sleep, the change in weather, and post-exam giddiness made us decide to take the afternoon off. We set out in the general direction of SoHo, with no goal in mind (very rare for law students, of course). Our only aim was to explore the city we had been missing out on while stuck in the library. We didn’t do anything epic, just walked, then walked some more. The sun was shining now, as we ambled from SoHo down to Tribeca, then over to the east side of the island. We looked in stores selling everything from neon lighting to secondhand men’s footwear. We picked our favorite paintings in art galleries, our favorite buildings on Houston Street, argued over our favorite bars in the East Village. We exited one of these bars after a few rounds of pool, and since the sky was now dark and clear, we decided to go somewhere with a view of the city—a swank hotel a few blocks away. I love NYU for all that it is teaching me. But as we sat in the roof lounge of the Hotel on Rivington looking out at the lights of the Lower East Side, I realized that taking a day to remind myself why I chose to attend school in this city was equally as enriching. Law school can be a noisy place, full of information and to-do lists and sometimesendless “shoulds.” But refreshingly, New York is even louder—and worth listening to every once in a while. To read more blog posts, go to blogs.law.nyu.edu/lifeatnyulaw. 13 2/3 of 1Ls live in affordable, on-campus housing. NYU Law has two high-rise apartment-style residence halls and two low-rise apartment buildings that offer students a variety of smoke-free living arrangements. Students usually have their own rooms in shared twoor three-bedroom apartments, but there are also studio and one-bedroom apartment options. Family housing accommodations (in the form of studios and one-bedroom apartments) are also available, but limited in quantity. For more about housing at NYU Law, go to law.nyu.edu/housing. 14 By the Numbers Class of 2012 Employment* By geographic area Full-Time Faculty 11% PACIFIC MOUNTAIN .5% NORTH CENTRAL 3% NEW ENGLAND 2.5% 108 Fall 2013 Entering Class* 450 Students MID-ATLANTIC 66.5% Courses Offered SOUTH CENTRAL *Figures and salary information have been calculated based on student data collected as of February 15, 2013. International figure includes China, Egypt, Hong Kong, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Tuition is accurate as of July 2013 and may be subject to change. Fall 2013 entering class figures are accurate as of July 2013. 3% INTERNATIONAL 2% SOUTH ATLANTIC 11.5% 284 81 172/168 LSAT 75th/25th% By type of employment Law Firms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Public Interest/Government/ Judicial Clerkships. . . . . . . . . . Corporate/Academic. . . . . . . . . . . . Student Organizations 64% 30% 6% 3.9/3.6 GPA 75th/25th% States, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico represented . . . . . . . Each year, more than 130 NYU School of Law graduates work as judicial clerks. The Neighborhood Our charming Greenwich Village campus includes Vanderbilt Hall; Furman Hall; 22 Washington Square North, a restored townhouse; and environmentally friendly, LEED Platinum-certified Wilf Hall, as well as four residence halls. 39 Median Law Firm Salary* $160,000 $160,000 Tuition* Black/African American, Latino, Asian, South Asian, and Native American 32% Median Overall Salary* See law.nyu.edu/employmentstats for more information. D G Out of college at least one year 72% 11% 10% Out of college five years or more $53,200 Hold advanced or professional degrees 15 Office of JD Admissions 139 MacDougal Street, Suite C-20 New York, NY 10012-1076 Telephone: (212) 998-6060 Fax: (212) 995-4527 firstname.lastname@example.org www.law.nyu.edu Printed with vegetable-based ink on Forest Stewardship Council and Green Seal certified paper containing 100% post-consumer waste. 100% of the electricity used to manufacture this paper is from wind power.