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New York Law School

New York Law School, one of the oldest independent law schools in the United States, was founded in 1891 by the faculty, students, and alumni of Columbia College Law School led by their founding dean, Theodore Dwight, a major figure in the history of legal education. In 1894, the Law School established one of the nation's first evening divisions to provide those in the workforce, or with family obligations, a flexible alternative to full-time legal studies.

From its inception, New York Law School's lower Manhattan location, in the midst of the country's largest concentration of government agencies, courts, law firms, banks, corporate headquarters, and securities exchanges, has made immersion in the legal life of a great city an essential part of the School's identity and curriculum.

The Law School offers the course of study leading to the J.D. degree through full-time day, and part-time day and evening divisions. It offers a joint degree program, the J.D./M.B.A., with Baruch College, City University of New York, and joint Bachelor's /J.D. programs with Stevens Institute of Technology and also with Adelphi University. In the fall semester 2003, the Law School began offering the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation, becoming one of only two law schools in the New York City area to offer this advanced training to tax attorneys.

New York Law School's continued vitality springs from the Faculty's active commitment first to legal education and scholarship, but also to the profession; from the talent and energy of its students and alumni; and from a curriculum that infuses theoretical analysis with the strategic and ethical questions that make the practice of law an unending challenge.

A full-time faculty of approximately 76 men and women is joined by a first-rate adjunct faculty, consisting of attorneys, judges, and other public officials who offer many elective courses each year in the various fields of their expertise. Approximately 1,400 students, most of them entering right after college, study at the Law School. In the Evening Division, many of the students have established careers in other fields. New York Law School students are 49 percent women, and 26 percent self-identified minority (in the entering class of 2004). The students' rich diversity of life experiences makes it possible to find easily among them those who are the first to pursue a graduate education as well those who are the second or third generation in their families to do so.

The Law School's curriculum is distinguished by its systematic effort to integrate the study of theory and practice and to include the perspectives of legal practitioners. To that end, the faculty established five academic centers which provide specialized study and offer prime opportunity for exchange between the students and expert practitioners:

* Center for International Law
* Center for New York City Law
* Center for Professional Values and Practice
* Institute for Information Law and Policy
* Justice Action Center

Today, the five academic centers engage many of our students in advanced research through the John Marshall Harlan Scholars Program, a rigorous academic honors program designed for students with the strongest academic credentials. Harlan Scholars have the opportunity, through affiliation with one of the five academic centers, to focus on a particular field of study, gaining depth and substantive expertise beyond the broad understanding of the law that is gained in the J.D. program.

New York Law School looks for the best in every applicant. Whether it is an applicant’s dedication to community service, success in the workplace, commitment to extracurricular activities, or strong personal statement, we rely on more than LSAT scores and undergraduate grades to build our community. New York Law School seeks new colleagues who will thrive in innovative, yet rigorous, academic programs.

Our curriculum allows students to tailor their paths through law school, taking into account their needs and academic preference, without losing sight of the fundamentals of lawyering. We have a deep commitment to innovation, diversity, and integrity that calls for students devoted to becoming true professionals. In this environment, each admissions decision is critical. We need the right students and they need the right program.

New York Law School’s curriculum systematically integrates theory and practice. The traditional study of legal doctrine and institutions is always measured against the perspectives of legal practitioners. Fusing these perspectives gives the Law School’s graduates an extraordinarily rich and strong basis on which to build a productive, responsible, and rewarding life in the profession.

The full-time faculty and instructional staff of 70 teach all the required courses and most of the elective courses. They have broad experience in law practice, public as well as private, and are actively engaged in legal scholarship. The Law School also enjoys the contributions of more than 175 adjunct faculty members, consisting of attorneys, judges, and other public officials who offer many elective courses each year in the fields of their expertise.

Students choose from two primary course sequences: the full-time day program and the part-time evening program. Full-time students usually complete the 86 credits required for the Juris Doctor in three years; part-time students in four years. The required courses include Applied Analysis; Civil Procedure; Contracts I and II; Constitutional Law I and II; Criminal Law; Evidence; Property; Torts; and The Legal Profession. Students also complete two courses emphasizing the development of professional legal skills: a two-semester course on Legal Reasoning, Writing, and Research; and a one-semester course on Lawyering.

New York Law School offers the LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Taxation with a rigorous core curriculum that presents the fundamental concepts of federal income tax law in depth and a broad array of elective courses which build upon that foundation. The Graduate Tax Program provides the LL.M. candidate with the opportunity to acquire a thorough grounding in tax law as well as the skills and discipline necessary to work at the most challenging levels of tax practice, tax administration and tax policy making. New York Law School is one of only two law schools in the New York metropolitan area to offer this advanced training for tax attorneys.

New York Law School J.D. students in good standing may accelerate their LL.M. degree in Taxation by taking a maximum of twelve credits of advanced tax courses. These credits may be applied directly to the LL.M. or toward a tuition waiver for students taking twenty-four credits as LL.M. students.

Students may spend a summer or semester abroad studying with another law school’s ABA-approved program. In addition, the New York Law School Media Center facilitates foreign study opportunities for students specializing in Media Law.

We are looking to entice a unique group of students to join our community:

* Students who are activists. New York Law School students and faculty are passionately devoted to using law as a tool to improve the justice system, make our government stronger, and ensure that the economic system functions effectively and fairly.
* Students who are bold. At most places, legal education has not changed much in the last century. New York Law School values change, with new programs, new faculty, special research projects, and novel ways of approaching traditional subjects.
* Students of character. The legal profession demands high ethical standards and a deep commitment to professionalism. At New York Law School, we are constantly searching to improve our profession, to nurture the best in our students, to maintain our ideals, and to strike the balance between one’s moral center, the demands of our profession, and the needs of clients.
* Students committed to justice. Law and justice are meant to go together. Sometimes law schools become so focused on the craft of lawyering that they lose sight of this purpose of law. At New York Law School, issues of justice are at the core of our mission; our students must be willing to accept the challenge of more clearly defining a just system. We teach technique; we also kindle spirit and foster devotion to professional ideals.

New York Law School is located in the historic district of TriBeCa in lower Manhattan. It is an extraordinary setting for the study of law, within walking distance of New York’s largest concentration of government agencies, courts, law firms, banks, corporate headquarters, and securities exchanges.

The Law School’s four connected buildings are located on a single block in the heart of TriBeCa (an acronym for “Triangle Below Canal Street”), with easy access to major public transportation systems. The Federal Courts, New York State Civil and Criminal Courts, Family Court, and the Court of International Trade are all within a four-block radius of the Law School. The City’s Civic Center, which includes City Hall and Wall Street, is just minutes away. New York Law School’s location in TriBeCa makes immersion in the legal and business life of New York City an essential part of our identity and curriculum. Students take advantage of extensive placement opportunities, for academic credit or pay, with dozens of firms, organizations, and with the courts, and have easy access to attend public trials and hearings to see firsthand how the court and government systems work. Students also benefit from the Law School’s ability to attract distinguished practitioners and members of the bench to its adjunct faculty.

In recent years TriBeCa has emerged as one of New York City’s most colorful and dynamic neighborhoods. With its warehouses and loading docks, this area originally was home to a bustling food, dairy, and produce industry. As many of those businesses relocated, the cast-iron, low-rise buildings have been converted to artists’ studios and residential units.

TriBeCa is home to some of New York’s finest restaurants, art galleries, theaters, and shops. Young families, artists, actors, and filmmakers now call TriBeCa home, making it one of the most popular and attractive areas of Manhattan. TriBeCa is also surrounded by world-famous attractions such as the South Street Seaport, Battery Park City, the World Financial Center, and the diverse and distinctive neighborhoods of Chinatown, Little Italy, SoHo, NoHo, and Greenwich Village.

The Law School is one of the oldest and most stable institutions in lower Manhattan and is actively engaged in its community. In addition to the many opportunities for community service it has created for students through internships, externships, work-study and volunteer programs, the school also hosts community events, including art exhibitions by local artists and public meetings of local organizations.

New York Law School proudly salutes and participates in the rebuilding and revitalization of our community now focused on the World Trade Center site.

New York Law School gives each student a solid foundation in the law, the substantive knowledge and professional skills necessary to represent clients responsibly, effectively, and creatively. We offer students a wealth of intellectual opportunities to engage in the profession through experiences in and out of the classroom. But what distinguishes our law school from most is an emphasis on meeting students’ individual needs. We recognize that students have different professional ambitions that may change during the course of their studies and we offer our students early and individualized attention to help them set their course for professional development.

New York Law School devotes significant resources, administered by the Office of Professional Development, to provide students the individual attention and support they need. These include: a liaison program linking students to senior administrators and upper-division students; a faculty advising system encouraging faculty-to-student mentoring; and an alumni mentor program that engages hundreds of graduates in career counseling of our students. Within this environment, students exercise personal responsibility for their professional development.

Through a combination of required courses and a guided approach for selecting electives, students in the Comprehensive Curriculum Program will focus on strengthening skills, including reading, listening, writing, and speaking carefully and meticulously; retaining fully and accurately what is read and heard; comprehending cases, statutes, and other legal materials; and analyzing facts in relation to legal materials with disciplined creativity. This program is required for students who are experiencing academic difficulty in their early semesters.

Students come to the Law School from across the United States and abroad, representing a variety of cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. They bring with them a wide range of interests in addition to their varied life and work experiences. Such diversity helps create a vibrant educational environment.

Engaged and Organized Students lead and participate in more than thirty organizations that contribute significantly to the rich extracurricular life at the Law School. They produce programs examining the legal aspects of the important topics of the day, such as the Iraq conflict, the death penalty, international terrorism, the U.S.A. Patriot Act, the war on drugs, U.S. immigration policy, and international human rights.

Moot Court New York Law School students hone their courtoom skills through participation in the Moot Court Association, a student honor society. The Association selects its members through the intramural Charles W. Froessel Moot Court Competition, one of most demanding recruitment tools of any moot court association in the country. Moot court members represent the Law School in national competitions and since 1992 have won fifty-two first-place honors in intermural competitions and numerous awards in others. The Association also hosts the Robert F. Wagner National Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition which brings some thirty-eight law schools to compete in the annual event.

Law Review The student-edited New York Law School Law Review invites contributions from members of the legal community and includes articles, notes, and case comments written by student members. Students are selected for membership based on first-year grades and a writing competition held in the summer after the first year. Participation in the Law Review involves a serious commitment of time and energy. In return, it develops research, writing, and analytical skills that enhance students’ legal education.

Law students begin their professional lives on the day they enter law school. Every aspect of their law school experience, in and out of the classroom, can help develop their professional portfolios. New York Law School holds these as core beliefs.

In the classroom, students learn the values of the profession and the skills required to exercise those values. Lawyering is a fundamental course for all students, along with Applied Analysis, and Legal Reasoning, Writing, and Research. Clinical courses and other electives focusing on lawyering skills further reinforce this training.

Outside the classroom, students get personal attention to help them think through and refine their professional goals, and develop a plan for meeting them.

OFFICE OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Students receive individual attention early in their studies from the Office of Professional Development, which brings together the Office of Career Services, the Office of Student Life, and the Office of Public Interest and Community Service.

PUBLIC INTEREST AND COMMUNITY SERVICE Public Service is an important part of the role of a professional. New York Law School expects its students and graduates to give back to the community as part of our common responsibility as legal professionals. Some graduates will choose to make public service a full-time career; others will take on legal work pro bono publico, and others may choose to serve their communities in volunteer leadership roles. Students who complete at least forty hours of volunteer work can receive a New York Law School Public Service Certificate, which will be listed in the graduation program and on the student’s transcript.

THE OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE The Office of Student Life strives to make each student’s time at the Law School meaningful and productive. As the primary administrative contact for the Student Bar Association (SBA), the New York Law School student organizations, and the Moot Court Association, the office provides support for extracurricular opportunities that enhance a student’s professional interests. The office also provides information on disabled student services, international student visas, counseling and counseling referrals, health, dental and property insurance, essay contests for law students, community events and discount student tickets, and the New York Law School Liaison (advising) Program.

Service is an essential component of the New York Law School experience. The Office of Public Interest and Community Service was established to further the Law School’s demonstrated historic commitment to the public interest. The Office emphasizes the importance of service as an integral part of the education of law students, just as it will be part of their professional lives. It sponsors a variety of programs and opportunities for students to engage in pro bono activities and has established working relations with existing community service providers in TriBeCa and other neighborhoods of the city, as well as with advocacy groups addressing the needs of individuals and groups who are underserved by the legal profession.

This office works closely with several of the Law School’s centers: the Justice Action Center, with its focus on issues of civil rights and liberties and international human rights; the Center for Professional Values and Practice, with its emphasis on professionalism and ethics as well as appropriate methods for dispute resolution; and the Center for New York City Law, with its focus on addressing legal issues in an urban setting.

Projects of the Office of Public Interest and Community Service include the operation of a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site, providing free tax filing to low-income clients, and a Child Literacy Program, where law students read to children in the New York City public elementary schools. Another project has students working with Professor Karen Gross in an extensive Financial Literacy Program to educate consumer debtors seeking bankruptcy relief, as well as in a Bankruptcy Assistance Program, where students assist indigent clients who are considering filing for bankruptcy.

New York Law School has created a Public Service Certificate to recognize and honor students who show their commitment to public service by devoting time and energy to the community. Students who perform at least forty hours of voluntary service while at law school, or who have a combination of at least thirty hours of voluntary service and have another thirty hours of public interest work done through a work-study placement, clinic, or externship, may receive a Public Service Certificate, which will be noted on their transcripts.

New York Law School was one of the first in the country to establish an evening division. The school’s founders perceived a need to provide those in the workforce, or shouldering family obligations, a flexible alternative to full-time legal education. The Evening Division also allowed students to build upon previously established successful careers and begin “second careers.”

Many of the Law School’s most distinguished alumni graduated from its Evening Division, including U.S. Senator Robert F. Wagner, author of the National Labor Relations Act and a principal architect of other New Deal labor and employment legislation. Each year, prominent alumni return to address students in a speaker series called Spotlight on the Evening Division, an acknowledgement of the division’s accomplishments.

Students in the Evening Division study with the same outstanding faculty as do students in the Day Division, and are often as engaged in extracurricular activities as their Day Division classmates. In addition, the Law School offers Evening Division students a variety of support services to help meet their individual needs as they balance family, work, and school obligations. A student organization—the Evening Students Association—works with faculty and administration to ensure that students in the Evening Division receive the same level of service as students in the Day Division.

School name:New York Law School
Address:57 Worth Street
Zip & city:NY 10013 New York

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