Why NYU Law

Your 1L Year

First-years at NYU Law get a firm grounding in both legal theory and practice.

The Lawyering Program teaches the real-world skills that practicing lawyers need. The Lawyering class size averages 30 students.

Legislation and the Regulatory State (LRS), specially designed by the Law School, introduces the materials, concepts, and tools that lawyers must have in a world of statutes and regulations. It also helps students better absorb the concepts and issues covered in Contracts, Criminal Law, Procedure, and Torts, all required first-year courses. (Property and Constitutional Law are mandatory too, but don’t need to be taken in the first year.)

1L electives, developed based on student interest, allow you to pursue a particular focus early in your legal education. These electives include: Constitutional LawCorporationsIncome TaxationInternational Law, and Property.

Among the broad areas of study, some of the most popular are business, environmental, intellectual property/antitrust, international, public interest, and tax law. Almost limitless variations and subspecialties are possible.