New York Law School

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions William Perez
Application deadline April 1
Full-time program application fee $0
Part-time program application fee $0
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 43.4% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.22
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 154

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 45.4%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 152-157
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.01-3.45
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.25
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 154

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 32.9%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 149-154
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.93-3.39
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.13
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 152

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Faculty advising; Harlan Scholars Program; Externships, clinics, simulations; Project-based learning; 1L Legal Practice program; Law & Journalism Program; Patent Law Program; Study Abroad; Academic Centers: Business Law & Policy; Children & Families; Financial Services Law; Information Law & Policy; International Law; Justice Action; NYC Law; Professional Values & Practice; Real Estate.
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 234
Seminars 155
Positions available in seminars 2,956
Positions available in simulation courses 2,659
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 218
Student activities (as provided by the school)
NYLS Moot Court Association; Robert F. Wagner National Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition; NYLS Law Review; Asian American Law Students; Black Law Students; Latino Law Students; Civil Liberties Union; Environmental Law Society; International Law Society; Media Law & Policy; Public Interest Coalition; Stonewall Law Students; Student Bar Association; and more.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 128
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 43
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 1,867
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 1,566
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 168
Full-time students involved in field placements 352
Full-time students involved in law journals 300
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 113
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 52

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 121
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 343
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 573
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 8
Part-time students involved in field placements 27
Part-time students involved in law journals 44
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 17
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 7

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 21.2:1 – High
Full- and part-time faculty 188
Full-time minority faculty 15.7%
Part-time minority faculty 5.9%
Total faculty 212
Total faculty (men) 61.8%
Total faculty (women) 38.2%
Total faculty (minorities) 9.9%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#135 Best Law Schools

(2) Ranking by Specialties

#121 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#44 in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 33
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.1
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.1
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.98-3.44
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.22
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 151-156
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 154
Acceptance rate 43.4% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 21.2:1 – High
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 84.6% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 82.0% – Medium
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 1765

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 1,365

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 400

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

First-year students discontinuing law school 13.7%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 0.8%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 0.2%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 4.6%
Female students discontinuing law school 5.2%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Susan Gross
Financial aid phone (212) 431-2828
Financial aid application deadline April 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $47,800 per year
Part-time: $36,900 per year
Room and board $17,322
Books $1,300
Miscellaneous expenses $4,701
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? No
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? Yes
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
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 41.3%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 4.5%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.5%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $10,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $5,000–$15,000
Full-time students receiving grants 46.4%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 20.8%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 2.3%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.8%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $7,500
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $3,500–$9,500
Part-time students receiving grants 23.8%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $146,230
Proportion who borrowed 81.7%
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) 85,020
Microform titles 182,770
Electronic titles 241,098
Other non-book titles 743
Total titles 509,631
Volumes (excluding microforms) 245,447
Volume equivalent microforms 286,491
Total volumes and volume equivalents 534,684
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 33,692
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 98
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 79
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 1
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 19
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 72
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 6
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 81
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 74
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 2
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 7
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 68
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 12

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) 25
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 0
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, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 43,902
Total seats available for library users 700
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) NYLS is located in the heart of TriBeCa-home of New York’s legal, government, & corporate headquarters, as well as a thriving cultural scene. In 2009, NYLS opened a new state-of-the-art academic building that includes classrooms, lounges, study rooms, dining facilities, and the library. The school’s residence hall, located in the East Village, houses 99 students in 2 and 3 bedroom apartments.

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) 82.0% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 76.4%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 481
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 84.6%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown N/A
Graduates whose employment status is known N/A
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program N/A
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work N/A
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work N/A

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 5.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 95.0%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 84.6%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 4.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 2.9%

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

25th percentile private sector starting salary $60,000
Median private sector starting salary $85,500
75th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 29%
Median public service starting salary $55,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 2.5%
Percent employed in business and industry 26.8%
Percent employed in government 16.5%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 2.9%
Percent employed in law firms 43.2%
Percent employed in public interest 3.7%
Percent employed in an unknown field 4.4%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 76%
Graduates employed out-of-state 15.5%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 18
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.5%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 83.5%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.7%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 4.7%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 0.2%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 0.7%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 0.7%
Employment location unknown 8.1%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations NYLS provides an array of student resources and services, including: individual counseling; recruitment programs and job fairs; the Career Services Alumni Mentor Program; Law Practice Options Series; Career Day; Networking Lunch Series; informational guides, books, and handouts; video library; equipment available for student use; reciprocity with other law schools.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 67.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 79.1%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 14.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 71.9%
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) 10.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 69.0%
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) 0.2%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 55.6%