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New York University School of Law
Parent school New York University
Established 1835
School type Private non-profit
Dean Richard L. Revesz
Location New York, NY, US
Enrollment 1431
Faculty 135 (full time)
111 (part time)
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Bar pass rate 96.88%
LSAT 75th% 175
Median LSAT 172
LSAT 25th% 169
Undergrad. GPA 75th% 3.86
Median Undergrad. GPA 3.71
Undergrad. GPA 25th% 3.57
Annual tuition
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New York University School of Law is located in New York, NY

Vanderbilt Courtyard

The New York University School of Law (NYU Law) is the law school of New York University. Established in 1835, the school offers the J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D. degrees in law, and is located in Greenwich Village, in the New York City borough of Manhattan.

NYU Law is the oldest law school in New York City. It is currently ranked fourth nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

Academic Activities

NYU Law is particularly strong in international law, criminal law, environmental law, corporate law,and tax law, and offers many courses in these areas.

NYU publishes eight student-edited law journals, which are, in order of their founding:

The NYU Law school offers several fellowships to students admitted to the LLM Program. The most elite is the Hauser Global Scholarship: eight to ten top LLM students are admitted from all over the world. The scholarship includes full tuition waiver and reasonable accommodation costs. In addition, it offers the Hugo Grotius as well as Vanderbilt scholarships for International law studies and other branches of law respectively.[1]

NYU Law also hosts the original chapter of the Unemployment Action Center.

Academic Partnerships

In 2005, NYU Law entered into an agreement with the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, in Toronto, Canada, that will allow select students to obtain a joint-Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and JD, studying at both schools, in four years. The competitive program will begin in the fall of 2006 and will accommodate up to 20 students per year. New York University School of Law and the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law have also created a dual degree program.


NYU is well regarded for its faculty. Some of NYU's best-known professors include:

There are four faculty-edited journals:

Famous alumni

See main article List of NYU Law School people; see also List of New York University people

Famous alumni include Governor Samuel J. Tilden; former New York City mayors Fiorello La Guardia, Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani; the four founders of the prestigious law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander, Rudy Boschwitz and Jacob Javits; John F. Kennedy, Jr.; and many U.S. Representatives, including Mitchell Jenkins, Jefferson Monroe Levy and Isaac Siegel; as well as Nobel Peace Prize laureates Elihu Root and Mohamed ElBaradei.

Among judges, Judith Kaye, Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, is an alumna; Dennis G. Jacobs, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is an alumnus. Judge Pauline Newman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit also graduated from NYU Law. Although no alumnus or alumna of the school has served on the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States, NYU Law alumni have served as judges of the International Court of Justice, which is popularly known as the World Court. [2] [3].


Vanderbilt Hall

NYU Law School facilities at the school's Washington Square Campus include:

Furman Hall

NYU's newest building, located on West Third Street between Sullivan and Thompson, was opened on January 22, 2004 and is named for a successful alumnus and donor, Jay Furman. It connects to Vanderbilt Hall through the law library, part of which is underneath Sullivan street. The underground level also hosts the lawyering faculty. Floors one-three have classrooms, lounges, and study space. The fourth floor hosts the career counseling program, and the fifth and sixth floors house the legal practice clinics. The highest floors, generally inaccessible to non-residents, are luxury apartments for faculty and their families.

Vanderbilt Hall

The Law School's Main Building, it occupies the entire block between West Third and Washington Square South (West Fourth) and between Macdougal and Sullivan Streets. Part of the first floor as well as the underground floors host the library, which it shares with Furman Hall. The first floor also holds the auditorium, student center, and main banquet hall. The second floor is mostly classrooms, while the third and fourth floors are mostly faculty and dean offices.

Mercer Street Residence

Located at 240 Mercer Street, on the southern side of West Third street, adjacent to Broadway, and a couple blocks east of D'Agostino and Vanderbilt, the Mercer residence houses a few hundred students and faculty. Its rooms are slightly more spacious than those in D'Agostino Hall. The seventh floor enjoys a terrace. The basement is home to "Mercer Pub" (a study area that can also be reserved by student groups for social events) and several student-run organizations.

D`Agostino Residence Hall

Located at the intersection of West Third Street and MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, this residence hall houses hundreds of students of the New York University School of Law, plus a very small number of faculty. It is across the street from the backside of the main building of the law school.

The lobby is a double-split-level. Elevators to the apartments are on the highest level; the security desk and Admissions Office are on the street level; and a residents' lounge unofficially known as The Pit is on the lowest level.

One floor beneath The Pit is the sub-basement, home to most of NYU's legal journals. Journal officers have been known to sleep in the sub-basement during busy periods. The second (above-ground) floor, until 2004, held the school's career services offices. Those offices have been relocated to Furman Hall, so the above-ground floors are now entirely student and faculty housing.

Each August, D'Agostino hosts "Early Interview Week", where more than 350 law firms conduct interviews for summer associate and entry-level associate positions. The top firms in the United States attend the interview session. Interviews are conducted in the temporarily uninhabited apartments.

D'Agostino Hall shares a name with the D'Agostino supermarket chain. The two are not named after the same D'Agostino, although both were noted Manhattan philanthropists. The law building is named after Filomen D'Agostino, one of the first woman lawyers, who graduated in 1920. Later in life, Ms. D'Agostino donated $4 million to support residential scholarship and faculty research; the school responded by naming their new apartment building after her.[1] The grocery chain is named after Nicholas D'Agostino, Sr., an immigrant who founded the store in 1932 at age 22.

Centers and Institutes

NYU Law is home to many centers and institutes, specializing in various areas of law. The Center on Law and Security is an independent, non-partisan, global center of expertise designed to promote an informed understanding of the major legal and security issues that define the post-9/11 environment. Towards that end, the Center brings together policymakers, practitioners, scholars, journalists and other experts who might not otherwise meet to address major issues and gaps in policy discourse and to provide concrete policy recommendations. Through its many activities, the Center generates local, national, and international awareness of the legal dimension of security issues, including the Terrorist Trial Report Card, a comprehensive study on every terrorism prosecution in the United States since 9/11.


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