Academic Services

Juris Doctor Program

Once you have completed the first-year curriculum, it is up to you to design a coherent plan of study that makes the most of what New York University School of Law offers and is tailored to your developing interests and career plans. Although you do not have to determine every course you will take in your final two years, you may want to consider the objectives of your legal education each semester you plan a schedule of classes.

In addition to courses that are formally required for graduation, there are certain classes that are regarded as highly beneficial to all law students, such as Corporations, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Income Taxation. These and other core courses provide an overview of the issues involved in several fields and the background necessary for more advanced work.

You should also consider choosing classes that help you polish your legal skills. All colloquia and seminars require legal theory and writing, for instance; many courses outside the Clinical Program offer practice in advocacy and negotiation; and several courses provide the opportunity to engage in statutory interpretation.

Finally, it is recommended that you find professors and mentors with whom you can discuss such issues as sequencing of courses, identifying an area of specialization, and pursuing advanced research opportunities. You may request a Faculty Advisor, if you wish, from the Office of Student Affairs at NYU School of Law.

International students should review all information received from the Office of Global Services. You are expected to register with that office upon arrival.