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NYU School of Law
New York University
Established 1835
Type Private
Postgraduates 1700
Location New York City, New York, USA
Dean Richard Revesz

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 was the first law school established in New York City. It is considered to be among the most selective and prestigious law schools in the United States. It is currently ranked 5th nationally by the 2010 U.S. News & World Report. [1]

The school is especially known for its dedication to the public sector, emphasis on diversity, and large firm placement. The median starting salary of NYU Law graduates working in the private sector was $160,000 for the class of 2008 (a figure which does not include bonuses). The school is ranked above several Ivy-League law schools and calls itself "the preeminent global law school."[2]



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

NYU Law offers several fellowships to students admitted to the LLM Program. The most selective 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]

The Law school has a law and business program in which eight of the nation's preeminent student-leaders in law and business are awarded fellowships in the Mitchell Jacobson Leadership Program [2].

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



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. Since then there has also been implemented a jointly granted NYU/Osgoode LLB/LLM program in which graduates are granted the LLB as well as an LLM from NYU in only 3 and a half years instead of the normally required four. More recently, the NYU School of Law has entered into similar dual degree agreements with the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law and the University of Melbourne Law School.

Oxford University has a program of academic exchanges with New York University School of Law, mainly involving Faculty members and research students working in areas of shared interest. [3]


Some of NYU's notable professors include:

Notable alumni

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

Famous alumni include Governor and Democratic presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden; former New York City mayors Fiorello La Guardia, Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani; the four founders of the prominent law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Evan Chesler, the current Presiding Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Taiwanese president Ma Ying-Jeou, former Director of the FBI Louis Freeh; U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander, Rudy Boschwitz and Jacob Javits; sportscaster Howard Cosell; John F. Kennedy, Jr.; many U.S. Representatives, including Mitchell Jenkins, Jefferson Monroe Levy and Isaac Siegel; and Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher; as well as Nobel Peace Prize laureates Elihu Root and Mohamed ElBaradei.

Among judges, Judith Kaye, former 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.[4] NYU Law alumni have served as judges of the International Court of Justice, which is popularly known as the World Court.[5]


Admission to the New York University School of Law is highly selective. According to the most recent official ABA data, there were 7,571 applicants for 448 spots in the entering J.D. class. The median LSAT score was 171 (98th to 99th percentile) and the median undergraduate GPA was 3.75[6].


NYU School of Law Halls
Vanderbilt Hall
Mercer Street Residence

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 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, named after Arthur T. Vanderbilt, 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, D'Agostino 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 is on the lowest level.

One floor beneath the lounge is the sub-basement, home to most of NYU's legal journals. 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.

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.[7]

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 the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The Center on the Administration of Criminal Law is think-tank dedicated to the promotion of good government and prosecution practices in criminal matters. The Center analyzes important issues in criminal law or having implications for the administration criminal law. In particular, the Center focuses on the exercise of power and discretion by prosecutors. The Center accomplishes its mission in three areas: academia, litigation, and participating in public policy and media debates. The Center's academic component gathers empirical research, publishes scholarship, and organizes and hosts conferences and symposia. The Center's litigation component uses the Center's research, experience, and expertise to litigate criminal cases or cases having implications for the administration of criminal law, particularly in cases in which the exercise of power and discretion by prosecutors raises substantive legal issues. The Center's public policy and media component seeks to improve public dialogue on criminal justice matters in various ways, including testifying before public officials [8] and the publishing of op-ed pieces.


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