J.S.D. Program


NYU School of Law is a founding partner of the Association of Transnational Law Schools (ATLAS), a consortium of institutions of higher education from around the globe. ATLAS is dedicated to the intellectual formation of highly talented doctoral students and the fostering of reflection and research on issues broadly related, but not limited, to comparative legal and regulatory responses to various forces of globalization, international governance challenges and the evolution of transnational law. 

The centerpiece of this initiative is the Agora, an event lasting two weeks held every summer that includes both taught courses and Dissertation Research Seminars comprised of small groups of 10-12 students with synergistic dissertation topics.  The Agora is structured around a Cooperative Graduate Programming model that fosters collaborative learning and exchange among doctoral student participants.  This unique model aims to produce outstanding doctoral dissertations and resulting publications, as well as foster a transnational community of doctoral candidates and scholars. 

Each partner institution may send six students to the Agora each summer, and J.S.D. candidates will be eligible to attend.  ATLAS seeks students with a strong record of academic excellence, serious potential to produce an outstanding dissertation, and reasonable prospects to make a significant contribution to knowledge, scholarship, and/or public policy in their post-doctoral career.  ATLAS is not a degree-granting institution; rather, it serves as an innovative framework for doctoral education and research development at each of the partner institutions

The J.S.D. Office will cover the costs of attending the Agora up to a certain ceiling, with the specific amount to be determined for each respective Agora.  The venue of the Agora will rotate annually among the following partner institutions:  Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto), London School of Economics and Political Science, New York University, Universidad de Deusto (Bilbao), Universite de Montreal, University of Melbourne, University of Cape Town, Bucerius Law School (Hamburg) and Bar-Ilan University (Tel Aviv). The National University of Singapore will become the tenth ATLAS partner institution in 2010.

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