Prospective Exchange Students
New York University School of Law is the preeminent global law school featuring innovative teaching, research, and intellectual and professional development in a uniquely collegial environment. Like our great city, NYU School of Law is a "melting pot" of legal scholars and practitioners, economists, social scientists, and representatives of the innovation industries.
The essence of the Law School experience is the close interaction between our faculty and students. Creating and nurturing a stimulating intellectual environment is central to the educational philosophy of the Law School, and these characteristics hold high appeal for both students and faculty. NYU School of Law offers more than 200 rich and diverse courses and programs on issues that permeate all aspects of law in the 21st century. This extensive curriculum broadens perspectives and opens new ways of seeing and understanding, not only the law, but the world around us.
Located in Greenwich Village, New York City, NYU School of Law is a vibrant part of this metropolis. Members of the Law School community enjoy an inexhaustible array of cultural options, thrive from the opportunity to work with diverse populations, and benefit from a rich educational experience that extends far beyond the confines of the classroom.
NYU School of Law's exchange program partners are:
In order to apply for an exchange semester, all prospective students must apply through their home institution first. If you are selected to study at NYU by your home institution, your exchange coordinator will notify NYU School of Law. You may then proceed with the NYU School of Law online application. When the Office of Graduate Admissions at NYU School of Law has received your online application and required documents, it will review your application and make an admissions decision. You will then be notified. Admission is granted from the Office of Graduate Admissions because of the office's expertise in considering international applications.
Registration & Tuition
Prospective international exchange students who are selected to participate in a one-semester exchange will be expected to take a full course load (12 credits) as a non-matriculant exchange student. These exchange students will have the same opportunities as our LL.M. students when registering for classes; demand for courses may exceed their availability so they cannot be guaranteed. Instructions for registering will be sent along with the letter of admission.
The tuition and fees for the semester of exchange are paid to the student's home institution; at no time does an exchange student pay any tuition or registration fees to NYU School of Law.
Additional Course Requirements for Foreign Exchange Students
Exchange students whose legal training is not based upon the common law are required to enroll in "Introduction to U.S. Law" which is held during the week prior to the beginning of the fall semester. This non-credit course is designed to introduce foreign-trained lawyers to American Law, the American legal system, and American legal education. If you are participating in the exchange program in the spring semester (January to May), you do not have to enroll in any introductory course.
Hauser Global Law School Program
The Hauser Global Law School Program functions as a home away from home for all international exchange students at the Law School. As a liaison to New York University for all exchange students, the Program should be the point of contact for any questions or issues that may arise while attending the Law School. Program staff members can be contacted by email at GlobalStudents@exchange.law.nyu.edu.
Application & Required Documents
All prospective exchange students must apply using the on-line application. Detailed instructions found here.
The NYU online application is due on April 1 for August enrollment and October 1 for January enrollment.
Official transcripts, and English translations if the transcript is not in English, are required from each university at which you have studied law and/or received a law degree. The transcript must be provided directly to NYU School of Law from your law school registrar or exchange program coordinator. Please be sure that any prior name that appears on the transcript is indicated on the exchange student application.
Please submit a statement of not more than 250 words. You may wish to describe your professional interests and goals, as well as the merit of exchange studies. If available, please include a curriculum vitae along with the statement.
Please request a letter authorizing your participation in the exchange program at NYU from the coordinator of your home university's exchange program.
English Language Proficiency Test
Applicants whose academic legal training has not been in English, or whose legal training was located in a country where English is not a primary language, must take either the TOEFL or the IELTS English proficiency tests.
Applicants should request that the Educational Testing Service issue an official score report of their results from the TOEFL iBT to NYU Law (institution code: 2599). For IELTS test-takers, contact the test center directly and request that your test scores be sent to New York University School of Law electronically. An institutional code is not required. NYU Law only accepts scores submitted electronically, and all IELTS test centers worldwide are able to send scores electronically to NYU. A photocopy of an official TOEFL or IELTS score report (an Examinee Report is not acceptable) sent directly from the law school registrar or exchange program coordinator will be accepted provided that the score has not expired and the photocopy is an attested true copy by the registrar or the coordinator.
IMPORTANT: Students should plan to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam at least one to two months prior to the application deadline. Students should indicate when applying for the TOEFL exam or IELTS that they wish a copy of the exam results to be sent to New York University School of Law. Please also note that for both language proficiency tests the scores have a validity of 2 years.
TOEFL and IELTS Requirements:
Information regarding the TOEFL is available from www.toefl.org; applicants must register for the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) only. Information regarding the IELTS is available at www.ielts.org; applicants must register for the academic version only.
A TOEFL total score of at least 100, a minimum score of 26 on the reading and listening subsections, and a minimum score of 22 on the writing and speaking subsections are required. For applicants who take the IELTS, the requirements are a minimum overall band score of at least 7. Because this is the first year in which NYU Law accepts IELTS, no subsection minimums will be established for this test. However, the Office of Graduate Admissions will look for applicants who achieve a score of at least 7 on most of the subsections (listening, reading, writing, and speaking).
Because application materials are time-sensitive and may be traveling great distances, we highly recommend applicants use an international courier service, such as UPS, FedEx, or DHL, in lieu of national postal services. All materials sent for application should be addressed as follows:
Hauser Global Law School Program
New York University School of Law
245 Sullivan Street, Suite 340
New York, NY 10012