Ahead of the Curve


With ambitious changes to the curriculum, NYU Law continues to set the pace in legal education.

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 Program (highlighted in the Carnegie Report on Legal Education), our renowned clinics, and our broad interdisciplinary offeringsand we continue that pioneering tradition today.

Now the Law School is rolling out a series of initiatives aimed at assuring that our graduates are well prepared for law practice in the 21st century. The new measures are based on recommendations issued by a strategy committee of NYU Law's board 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. Current enhancements to the curriculum emphasize focused study and skill development in the 3L year, but also encompass the entire JD experience. Highlights include:

  • NYU Law Abroad – On campuses in Buenos Aires, Paris, and Shanghai, JD students now have the opportunity to spend the Spring semester of their 3L year 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 semester-long Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic for 3L students 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.
  • Professional Pathways -- Faculty-developed Professional Pathways guide students in a focused area of study and skill development in particular areas of law. Pathways are designed to help students who have developed interest in a particular career area and make them highly competitive in the job market for that field.
  • Leadership & Financial Literacy – Many of our graduates go on to become managers and leaders in a wide variety of legal organizations, and lawyers in a broad range of 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, at all levels of the JD program.