Strategic Plan in Action

Leadership and Innovation in Legal Education

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Anticipating changes in the legal profession, NYU Law is preparing tomorrow’s leaders by complementing core instruction in legal reasoning and critical thinking with opportunities to learn through interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship and through initiatives to build skills applicable across areas and industries, including technological and financial literacy.


Master’s Program in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy

A new master's program

The unique complexities of cybersecurity—both prevention and response—frequently require coordination between public- and private-sector organizations as well as expertise in technology, law, and policy. Offered jointly by NYU Law and NYU Tandon School of Engineering, the one-year Master of Science in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy program welcomed this year its first class of experienced professionals from a range of backgrounds who seek to deepen their understanding of cybersecurity risk and strategy. The executive program is designed to create managers with the integrated expertise needed to play a leadership role in the field.

Faculty Directors Nasir Memon, Randal Milch ’85, and Samuel Rascoff


The Guarini Institute for Global Legal Studies

CLOCKWISE Faculty Director Benedict Kingsbury; Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Albie Sachs; Dean Trevor Morrison and Frank J. Guarini ’50, LLM ’55. Institute launch, April 2018

The new Guarini Institute ensures that NYU Law continues to be a leader in global legal innovation and that its graduates are equipped with the cutting-edge skills required to meet the evolving demands of global law practice. Created with a $20 million gift from Congressman Frank J. Guarini ’50, LLM ’55, the institute bolsters the Law School’s international law programs and initiatives and provides a platform for in-depth, interdisciplinary study of transnational legal and regulatory issues, as well as the technology-driven transformation of legal services and global legal practice.Through the Guarini Institute, NYU Law will produce tomorrow’s global leaders.


Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network

NYU Law, is emphasizing, from the beginning of students’ time here, that inclusion is a core institutional value.  When women see women as leaders, it makes a difference in how they seem themselves, and their own abilities.” Nancy Duff Campbell ‘68

Building on NYU’s longstanding commitment to women in the law, the year-old Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, recently named in honor of NYU Law Trustee Sheila Birnbaum ’65, is devoted to developing individuals’ leadership skills, supporting women’s success in law school, and working with legal employers, academics, and other allies to advance gender equity in the workplace. Students in the Women’s Leadership Fellows Program participate in a range of leadership development programming, including the Moss Women’s Leadership Training Program, a week-long leadership skills intensive named in honor of NYU Law Trustee Sara Moss ’74.

CLOCKWISE Co-Faculty Director Florencia Marotta-Wurgler ‘01; Co-Faculty Director Melissa Murray; Executive Director Julie Ehrlich ‘08; Sara Moss ’74 and Sheila Birnbaum ’65. 125 Years: Women of NYU Law reception, Feb 2018
Women of NYU Law reception, February 2018


The Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship

CLOCKWISE Linda Kalmanowitz Grunin ’67 and Jay Grunin ’67; Faculty Directors Helen Scott and Deborah Burand; student group members in Cambodia; Grunin Center Conference attendees, May 2017
CLOCKWISE Linda Kalmanowitz Grunin ’67 and Jay Grunin ’67; Faculty Directors Helen Scott and Deborah Burand; student group members in Cambodia; Grunin Center Conference attendees, May 2017

The pioneering Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship creates new ways for law and lawyers to support positive change in the world. NYU Law, through the center, is emerging as a global leader in the field of law and social entrepreneurship. Made possible by Jay Grunin ’67 and Linda Kalmanowitz Grunin ’67 and their foundation, the Grunin Center educates students and practicing lawyers about legal issues in the field of social entrepreneurship and impact investing; disseminates knowledge and legal research about legal issues and policy developments in this field; and collaborates with other field-building organizations, universities, and research centers.


The Institute for Corporate Governance & Finance

The Law School launched the Institute for Corporate Governance & Finance in 2016 to take advantage of the concentration of finance, talent, and activity in New York and at New York University. In any significant corporate governance controversy, the de facto “deciders” are the largest institutional investors. This new allocation of corporate power sets the institute’s policy and research agenda. The institute brings key people together to ask what the big institutions think—and what the big institutions should think— encouraging the development of institutional investors as a responsible force in corporate governance.

Faculty Director Edward Rock; event attendees; Martin Lipton ’55 speaking at March 2017 event

Additional Achievements


  The online financial literacy modules NYU Law has created introduce students to basic financial and accounting concepts and include perspectives from a wide range of practitioners explaining how the topics covered are relevant to their work.


  The Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy began its Innovation Externship, which lets students explore the practice of law firsthand by working in intellectual property, information privacy, technology, and innovation in professional settings in New York.


  The Law School has developed an instructional technology operation to teach faculty new ways to enhance teaching through technology—including through a series of workshops on course-site development, presentation of content, and engaging outside of the classroom.


  The Law School community continues to create new leadership teaching and research, including the Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion seminar taught by Professor Kenji Yoshino and David Glasgow and Professor Anthony Thompson’s latest book—Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead.