Understanding that a plurality of perspectives is a source of strength for institutions and individuals, NYU Law is enhancing the diversity and inclusiveness of the Law School and the profession by leading thought and action on issues of diversity, including by addressing inequities at the intersection of race and the law.
The Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Now in its second year, the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging seeks to do paradigm-shifting work at a critical time in history, in which rapid demographic changes are creating increasingly diverse national and global communities. Responding to the unique challenges and opportunities of this moment, the center aims to advance interdisciplinary legal scholarship on diversity, inclusion, and belonging; support the Law School community as it strives to live up to those values; and share expertise with the broader world through executive education and other targeted engagement with public and private institutions.
The Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law
Informed by Critical Race Theory—a framework that examines the connection between race, racism, and the law—the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law seeks to change the narrative around race and inequality in America, address the concerns that arise at the intersection of race and technology, and eradicate racism in the criminal justice system. The center fulfills its mission by convening public conversations with stakeholders, affected communities, thought leaders, advocates, and students; shaping policy, engaging in multifaceted advocacy, and providing training on issues of race and inequality; and leveraging the collective power of partnerships with a diverse array of allies committed to progressive social change.
In order to increase the diversity of the legal profession and those who attend law school, NYU Law is connecting with key communities.
The High School Law Institute (HSLI) joins high schoolers with teams of current NYU Law students who offer free academic programming in constitutional and criminal law as well as in mock trial and moot court.
NYU College & Career Lab aims to increase the number of first-generation college students, low-income students, and underrepresented students at NYU.
Legal Outreach, a nonprofit organization that prepares underserved New York City youth to compete academically, partners with NYU Law through a summer program for rising ninth-graders.
As part of orientation programming, the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law’s leadership engages in conversation with the dean about race, inequality, and the law, and the importance of teaching in context.
The Center on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging stages scenarios that students might face and leads discussion about how and why players respond—identifying relevant processes and resources at the Law School.
Several student affinity groups sponsor optional small group activities during orientation to engage fellow students.
Strengthening Law School Diversity
With more than 38% identifying as students of color, the entering JD class is the Law School’s most diverse ever.
We have supported outreach to students of color, LGBTQ students, and first-generation students through our admissions office and alumni and student affinity groups, as well as through events focused on building community.
The Law School is working to recruit first-rate faculty from underrepresented groups and to increase transparency regarding diversity in faculty hiring.
In the last three years, new appointments have extended the scholarly and teaching excellence of the faculty while also significantly enhancing its diversity—with the majority of new hires identifying as black or African-American.