Established as a center for academic excellence in legal education in 1835, the New York University School of Law is a top-ranked institution in the world. NYU Law, as the school is more popularly known, has adopted a global teaching approach to offer students a holistic development. Such is its reputation that in 2013 alone, the varsity received over 5,700 applications from students across 400 different schools. Statistics show that while the average success rate to cross the New York bar exam is 86%, in 2012 nearly 96% of NYU Law graduates passed it in the first attempt.


NYU Law offers a range of legal studies programs in the graduate and postgraduate levels. It has tied-up with a couple of universities to also offer dual degrees.

Juris Doctor (JD)
This professional doctorate program has been designed for accomplished students with a good academic record. Applicants to this course need to:
Dual JD programs
Besides the regular core JD, NYU's Law School offers dual programs specializing in specific subjects of interests. Students can choose from LLM, MA, PhD, MBA, MPA, MUP and MSW combinations.

NYU has also tied up with Harvard University, Melbourne Law School, National University of Singapore and Princeton University to offer JD Dual Degree programs.

Lawyering program

All first-year students of NYU Law programs are trained in practical lawyering through effective discussions, stimulating debates, case analyses and moot courts/ trial advocacies. In the first semester, students are aided in understanding essentials of legal research and how to unite legal analysis. The second semester focuses on putting this theoretical knowledge to practice in an effort to groom them into effective future legal practitioners, besides enroll as 2L or 3L at clinics.


There are seven scholarships available for deserving students applying for the JD courses. NYU offers full tuition scholarships for candidates who meet the requirements to avail this benefit.

Graduate courses

Master of Law (LLM) degree: This program of NYU Law is being offered since 1890 and includes the renowned graduate tax program. It has nine different full-time degrees that include one traditional LLM and eight specializations. The university also offers an Executive-LLM program.

JSD program: Designed for those interested in pursuing an academic research career, the 3-5 year JSD program at NYU Law is extremely prestigious and open only to students who demonstrate academic skills par excellance. Articles and dissertations of JSD students are published in prominent journals and by publishing houses.

Advanced Professional Certificate (APC) in Taxation: A one-year program, it allows candidates to complete it part-time. Applicants can choose from three programs:


In 2013, NYU Law received more than 2,700 applications for the 425 seats that it had to offer for the LLM and E-LLM courses. With competition rife, NYU Law has always chosen applicants with strong academic profiles and professional recommendations.

LLM degree: Applicants need to hold a first degree in legal studies (JD or LLB or its equivalent for international students) from an institution recognized by the American Bar Association (or its equivalent in foreign countries for international students)
JSD program: Applicants are required to hold a valid LLM degree or its equivalent that is recognized by the American Bar Association (or its equivalent in foreign countries for international students)
APC in Taxation program: Applicants must have a first degree in Law (JD/LLB/LLM or its equivalent for international students) from an institution recognized by the American Bar Association (or its equivalent in foreign countries for international students).

Prospective students in the final year of first degree law may apply for the APC in Taxation program, if they will complete the first degree requirements before the start of this course.

Basic fee structure

Tuition fee: $53,200
Registration/ health/ technology/ service charges: $1,478
Boarding and room: $22,396
Books and stationery: $1,500
Basic health insurance: $2,220
Loan fee: $206
Personal expense: $2,489

Career prospects

Organizations in New York City and the entire East Coast vouch for NYU Law graduates. In 2013, about 53% of its law graduates found employment among the country's top 250 firms. At least 61% of the batch of 2012 was placed in top jobs in New York, while 8% were placed in California and 11% in California. The Law School Transparency scored NYU graduates placement score at 91.1% and states: 60% of the students found jobs in large firms with more than 100 attorneys 22% joined government and public interest organizations 6% joined federal clerkship.

Statistics show that the average salary package of students of the 2011 batch employed in the private sector was about $160,000, while those in the public sector drew about $53,000.

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