NYU prides itself on being at the forefront of interdisciplinary legal education, with groundbreaking work in law and politics, law and economics, and law and sociology. The Law School is also home to the top legal philosophy group in the nation, with world-class academics such as Thomas Nagel and Jeremy Waldron.
Half of all NYU Law professors are involved in an interdisciplinary course or research, so students have a wide array of choices, including Business Crime; Legal Philosophy; and Law, Economics, and Psychology. Approximately 10 colloquia are held each year. Offerings this past spring included the Law and Economics Colloquium, led by Professors Jennifer Arlen '86 and Florencia Marotta-Wurgler '01; the Colloquium on Innovation Policy, led by Professors Jeanne Fromer and Katherine Strandburg; and the Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium, led by Professors Daniel Shaviro and Alan Auerbach.
NYU Law also has nine graduate programs, including the Traditional LL.M. as well as a specialized master’s in Legal Theory for a select group of highly motivated students who wish to take full advantage of our unrivaled faculty resources and establish a firm foundation for future scholarly or professional pursuits.
The Law School has several programs that address directly the specific needs of future law professors:
The Furman Academic Scholars Program gives J.D. students an early start on a career path in legal teaching. Furman Academic Scholars, who receive full tuition and summer research funding, create individualized programs of study tailored to their intellectual interests.
The Furman Academic Fellowship Program provides NYU Law graduates with a stipend, other material support, and time to produce a work of serious scholarship.
The Academic Careers Program offers individual counseling, support, information, and special programming to those interested in teaching law. Among other opportunities, the program offers a scholarship clinic for members of the Law School community pursuing scholarship and publication, and a job camp allowing potential professors to present their work and practice interviewing.
The Samuel I. Golieb Fellowship Program is the oldest legal history program of its kind. Future legal historians receive both research support and a forum—the Legal History Colloquium—to develop their scholarship before going on to become leaders in their field.