Application Procedure


Timeline for Participation in Academic Year 2015-2016

January 12, 2015 Application Available Online
February 13, 2015 Deadline for NYU Law Abroad and Exchange Applications
March 13, 2015 Applicants Notified of Admission Status
March 27, 2015 Deadline to Accept or Deny Nomination
June, 2015 Course Registration opens for Spring 2016
Late August, 2015 Second Round Application Opens (if spots are available)
Late September, 2015 Second Round Applicants Notified of Admission Status
October 1, 2015 Deadline for all students to Confirm Participation and Submit Transcripts

Criteria for Selection

Approval and selection for study abroad programs will be based on a proposed plan of study and consideration, inter alia, of the following factors:

  • The academic or professional reasons stated for the particular study abroad program;
  • The extent to which the plan fits in with the student’s overall academic and/or professional objectives, including courses already taken;
  • Whether the student plans to coordinate the proposed program with work or research during the preceding or following summer;
  • Student’s proficiency in and efforts to learn the language of the program site/host country;
  •  Familiarity with the region; and
  • Evidence of preparedness for study abroad.

Participation in the program will be determined by the Faculty Program Directors, in consultation with the Vice Dean.

To be eligible, students will have to have completed all mandatory courses and, except in cases where the Faculty Program Director grants written permission, will have finished any incompletes before the program begins. 

It is strongly recommended that students have taken a basic comparative law course before the semester of planned participation. Students going to the Shanghai program are encouraged to take a comparative law course focused on East Asian legal systems. Students who have not taken (and do not plan to take) the recommended courses before participating in the program should explain in their study plan what prior training they have had or coursework they have taken that would provide similar background or preparation.

Nominated students who have accepted to participate in the program must also submit a current transcript to the Office of Global Programs with their confirmation by October 1.

Application Materials

Please complete the online application, and be prepared to upload the following:

  • An unofficial law school transcript,
  • A current CV/resume;
  • A 500-word plan of study for each program ranked on your application, addressing the points in the "Criteria for Selection" section above. Students who have not taken (and do not plan to take) the recommended courses should explain what prior training they have had or coursework they have taken that would provide similar background or preparation. Students who plan to carry out directed research or fulfill a writing requirement while abroad should request permission from the Faculty Program Director in a separate paragraph explaining how this will enable their planned program of study.                 

Applications, including all required materials, must be received by the Office of Global Programs by the stated deadline.