Fall 2017 Entering JD Class Profile*
- 427 full-time day students (no part-time or evening)
75th percentile: 170
50th percentile: 169
25th percentile: 166
- 75th percentile: 3.9
- 50th percentile: 3.8
- 25th percentile: 3.7
- 131 colleges represented
- 41 states represented
- 55 percent women
- 35 percent students of color
- 27 percent enrolled directly after college
- 60 percent out of college one to four years
- 13 percent out of college five or more years
- 8 percent hold advanced or professional degrees
JD Student Body
- 1,364 full-time day students (no part-time or evening)
- 29 percent students of color
- 53 percent women
- 9 percent citizens of foreign countries
Beyond the Numbers
The admissions process is highly selective and seeks to enroll men and women of exceptional ability. Over 6,500 individuals from all 50 states and several non-US countries applied for the fall 2017 entering class. In recent years, more than 400 schools have been represented in the applicant pool. Approximately 70 percent of recent applicants graduated from college at least one year before applying to NYU School of Law, about 10 percent graduated more than five years before applying.
The majority of applicants present credentials that suggest they would succeed academically. The Committee on Admissions selects those candidates it considers to have the very strongest combination of qualifications and the very greatest potential to contribute to the NYU School of Law community and the legal profession. The Committee bases its decisions on factors including, but not limited to, intellectual potential, academic achievements, character, community involvement, and work experience. In selecting the class, the Committee on Admissions considers a candidate's ability to contribute diverse perspectives to interactions in the classroom.
An applicant's undergraduate record and Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score(s), though important criteria, are not the sole determinants for admission. There are no combination of grades and scores that assure admission or denial.
The Committee on Admissions makes decisions after considering all the information in an application. It reviews the undergraduate transcript closely, with attention to such factors as trends in the applicant's grades, class rank, the ratio of pass/fail to graded courses, the diversity and depth of course work, and the length of time since graduation. Factors other than undergraduate grades and LSAT scores may be particularly significant for applicants who have experienced educational or socioeconomic disadvantage. The Committee evaluates work experience and extracurricular and community activity for evidence of advancement, leadership, and capacity for assuming responsibility. A recommendation letter is particularly valuable when the writer provides substantive information about the applicant's abilities, activities, and personal qualities. Since the Committee does not interview candidates, the personal statement provides an opportunity for the applicant to supplement the information provided in the application.
*Fall 2017 entering class figures are accurate as of October 2017.