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statistical inference, core accounting practices, and time value of money analysis—by incorporating an intensive mini-class on these subjects into a transaction-negotiation exercise. The miniclass will be taught by Geoffrey Miller, Stuyvesant P. Comfort Professor of Law and director of NYU Law’s Center for Financial Institutions, and Gerald Rosenfeld, distinguished scholar in residence and senior lecturer, and co-director of the Mitchell Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business. As the range and diversity of the Law School’s curriculum expand, it can be a challenge for students to decide how best to prepare for practice in a particular area of law. To address that, Vice Dean and Professor of Clinical Law Randy Hertz has worked with faculty to identify core courses that provide an essential foundation for practice in a number of fields students commonly enter, ranging from tax to intellectual property to public interest and government lawyering. This Professional Pathways system offers advice on a sequenced course of instruction, including substantive-law classes, clinics, simulation courses, and seminars. In addition, Hertz notes, Pathways includes career guidance, utilizing faculty members, Office of Career Services counselors, and alumni to counsel students on employment options and how best to pursue them. That combined approach was on display in April, when faculty held their first Pathways advisory sessions. At a session on criminal practice, for examRevesz, Chesler, Katzen, Davis ple, Professor Erin Murphy (who spent five years as a public defender) explained differences in two evidence classes taught at the Law School, one with a more nutsand-bolts focus, the other more theoretical. She also discussed how students might decide between being a prosecutor or a public defender. The Law School’s new dean, Trevor Morrison, has fully embraced the curricular initiatives. “The new measures squarely address concerns that have been raised by employers about the need for more practice-focused training, as well as questions that have been raised about the utility of the third year of law school,” he says. “At the same time, throughout our curriculum, we continue to emphasize the problem solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills that have long been the hallmarks of an outstanding legal education. It’s the combination of the two that will enable NYU Law graduates to excel throughout their careers.”

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 Shanghai  Chinese business law faculty director  Frank Upham language study option  Mandarin sample class  International Business and Investment Transactions with China

 Buenos Aires  Latin American legal systems; economic and institutional development faculty director  Florencia MarottaWurgler ’01 local partner  University of Buenos Aires School of Law language study option  Spanish sample class  Transnational Insolvency in Latin America

 Paris  European regulatory and administrative law; international arbitration faculty director  Franco Ferrari local partner  Sciences Po and HEC Paris language study option  French sample class  EU Regulatory Policy Clinic

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be relevant to many career paths. “What we’re offering with the clinic is the rare opportunity to study the machinery of government and the political process, while simultaneously working within it,” says Katzen. “These students are developing an onthe-ground understanding of what it means to be a government lawyer, combined with an instructional component that fosters insight and analysis.” Not all of the curricular changes are limited to the third year or require a journey. At Washington Square, the Law School is currently rolling out stepped-up training in leadership and financial and business literacy for students at all levels of the JD program. The strategy committee noted that “lawyers in our society routinely become managers and leaders of organizations, yet law schools offer little training in leadership and collaboration.” In addition, the committee observed,“a large proportion of lawyers … encounter business and financial issues, yet law schools have long lagged in assuring that their graduates have a basic grounding in these areas.” Providing instruction in these areas, the committee said, will make NYU Law graduates “more attractive to employers and more helpful to their clients.” The Law School, Vice Dean Jeannie Forrest observes, has long offered elements of leadership training through programs such as the Dean’s Roundtable and the Public Interest Law Center’s Leaders in Public Interest Series. Last February also saw the debut of the LeadC lockwise From Top Left ership Series in Law and Business, when Herbert Kelleher ’56, the charismatic founder and chairman emeritus of Southwest Airlines, came to Vanderbilt Hall to talk about his career. But now, says Forrest, the Law School will emphasize leadership “in a much more conscious and deliberate way.” Forrest, who has a doctorate in psychology, is overseeing one major initiative: offering students evaluation and instruction in EQ, or emotional intelligence, since an ability to deal with people in a thoughtful and empathic manner is critical to good leadership. During their orientation in August, all entering JD students were invited to take an online EQ assessment to help identify skills they may want to develop. And certain classes throughout the curriculum will incorporate EQ instruction, building on interpersonal skills training that has been part of the first-year Lawyering Program for many years. This academic year, the Lawyering Program is also adding instruction on business and financial concepts—including

NYU Law Magazine 2013  
NYU Law Magazine 2013  

The annual magazine from NYU School of Law.