The School of Law at New York University

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Cassandra Williams
Application deadline February 15
Full-time program application fee $75
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The School of Law at New York University

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 24.2% – Low
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.71
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 172

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 24.2%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 170-174
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.57-3.85
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.71
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 172

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Applicants N/A
Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.A. J.D./M.P.A. (Harvard)
J.D./M.B.A. J.D./M.P.A. (Princeton)
J.D./M.P.A. J.D./LL.B. (Osgoode)
J.D./M.U.P. J.D./M.P.P.
J.D./M.S.W. JD/JD (Melbourne)
J.D./Ph.D. JD/JD (NUS)
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
In addition to its strong core curriculum, NYU Law offers a range of interdisciplinary programs (in law and business and legal history, for example) and clinical programs (environmental law, immigrant rights, children’s rights, criminal defense, and tax, to name a few). The school’s many centers and programs offer opportunities for in-depth study, as well as internships in a wide range of fields.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 308
Seminars 145
Positions available in seminars 3,578
Positions available in simulation courses 203
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 212
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Beyond the classroom, NYU Law students have the opportunity to participate in more than 65 student organizations, which serve as focal points for those with common backgrounds or interests; write for one of eight student-edited journals; compete in a variety of moot court competitions; organize and attend lectures, symposia, and other events; and participate in student government.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 95
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 2,213
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 179
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 205
Full-time students involved in field placements 211
Full-time students involved in law journals 646
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 138
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 163

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? N/A
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 9.0:1 – Low
Full- and part-time faculty 213
Full-time minority faculty 13.5%
Part-time minority faculty 6.9%
Total faculty 247
Total faculty (men) 65.2%
Total faculty (women) 34.8%
Total faculty (minorities) 11.7%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#6 Best Law Schools

(6) Ranking by Specialties

#3 in Clinical Training
#13 in Environmental Law
#5 in Intellectual Property Law
#1 in International Law
#6 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#1 in Tax Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 92
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 4.6
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 4.5
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.57-3.85
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.71
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 170-174
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 172
Acceptance rate 24.2% – Low
Student-faculty ratio 9.0:1 – Low
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 95.6% – High
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 96.6% – High
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 96.3% – High
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NY
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 76.4%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 1464

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 1,464

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) N/A
Gender distribution (part-time) N/A

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 1.3%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 1.0%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 0.4%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 0.7%
Female students discontinuing law school 1.1%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Joel Schoenecker
Financial aid phone (212) 998-6050
Financial aid application deadline April 15

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $48,950 per year
Room and board $21,252
Books $1,400
Miscellaneous expenses $3,102
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? Yes
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? No
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 35.7%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 2.9%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 7.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $15,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $10,000–$25,000
Full-time students receiving grants 45.6%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $131,476
Proportion who borrowed 92.1%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 147,790
Microform titles 146,900
Electronic titles 402,010
Other non-book titles 1,120
Total titles 697,820
Volumes (excluding microforms) 782,036
Volume equivalent microforms 319,972
Total volumes and volume equivalents 1,102,008
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 101
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 65
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 40
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 65
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 14
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 83
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 40
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 40
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 40
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 8

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 32
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 40
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 700
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 30
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 20
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? Yes

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 86,835
Total seats available for library users 850
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) NYU Law’s Greenwich Village campus includes the recently renovated Vanderbilt Hall, Furman Hall, finished in 2004, a newly restored townhouse on Washington Square, and Wilf Hall, opened in October 2010 as home to many of the school’s centers and institutes. The school has one of the largest academic law libraries in the world. It offers apartment-style housing for more than 800 students.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NY
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 96.3% – High
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 76.4%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 497
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 95.6%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 96.6%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 100.0%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 95.6%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 1.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 1.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 2.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 100.0%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 96.6%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 1.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 0.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 1.8%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Median private sector starting salary $160,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 94%
Median public service starting salary $60,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 0.6%
Percent employed in business and industry 2.9%
Percent employed in government 7.5%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 13.1%
Percent employed in law firms 61.7%
Percent employed in public interest 14.2%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 64%
Graduates employed out-of-state 33.7%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 2%
Number of states where graduates are employed 30
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 2.5%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 69.2%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 2.5%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 9.4%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.8%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.7%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 10.6%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 1.0%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Career planning includes counseling, job-search workshops, panels featuring speakers from all areas of practice, and a videotape mock interview program. Each year, more than 500 private law firms, public-interest organizations, government agencies, and corporations interview at the school. NYU Law offers funding to students taking public-interest jobs the summer after their first and second years.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 95.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions N/A
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 4.6%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions N/A
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 0.4%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions N/A
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 0.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions N/A

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