Ahead of the Curve


As the legal marketplace changes, critics have called on law schools to change with it. At NYU Law, we have long been ahead of the curve, with such things as our innovative Lawyering Programour renowned clinics, and our broad interdisciplinary offerings.

We continue that pioneering tradition today with recent initiatives aimed at assuring that our graduates are well prepared for law practice in today's changing environment. The measures were based on recommendations issued by an NYU Law strategy committee whose members are leaders at major law firms, general counsel at large publicly-traded companies and asset management firms, and others with deep knowledge of the legal marketplace. 

Highlights include:

  • NYU Law Abroad – On campuses in Buenos Aires, Paris, and Shanghai, JD students now have the opportunity to spend a semester immersed in the law and legal culture of another part of the world through an academic program designed and administered by the Law School.
  • Washington, DC, Semester – Our Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic introduces students to the roles and skills of the government lawyer. Taught by Robert Bauer and Sally Katzen, two leading Washington attorneys, the clinic combines classroom study with four days a week of fieldwork in a federal agency or congressional office.
  • Leadership & Financial Literacy – Many graduates go on to become managers and leaders in a wide variety of legal organizations, and lawyers in practice settings where they must contend with complex business and financial issues. The Law School is thus offering stepped-up training in leadership, as well as financial and business literacy.