Ensuring students have access to the education and support they need to become leaders in their fields, NYU Law is pursuing multiple approaches to increase affordability and foster academic, professional, and personal connections to benefit students both at the Law School and throughout their careers.
Making Law School More Affordable
NYU Law is dedicated to expanding the amount of aid it offers in order to make law school more affordable and accessible to all students, regardless of personal financial means. The Law School has devoted substantial institutional resources to scholarship aid since the launch of the strategic plan, and our aim is to do even more.
received scholarship aid (2018 entering JD class)
average annual scholarship award (2018 entering JD class)
more of the 1L class received aid (comparing 2018 to 2013)
new scholarships awarded (since 2013)
Advice and Counsel
In order to align academic, career, and personal counseling to the individual needs and goals of our students, the Law School has increased focused guidance for students and created synergies between student-facing departments.
In addition to newly introduced, personalized sessions of one-on-one academic advising, we have also increased coordination between Academic Services, our Public Interest Law Center, and Office of Career Services— including through offering joint counseling sessions. And our Academic Services, Information Technology Services, and Student Affairs have begun section-by-section presentations to prepare students for deadlines and exams.
The Law School is launching a Community Adviser (CA) pilot program this fall, with two student advisers per residence hall serving to connect students with resident faculty, educate students about available resources, and provide pluralistic programming to encourage a sense of community. As an integral member of the NYU Law Office of Residential Life and Housing Services, each CA will serve as administrative, community development, and crisis response support to the professional staff— as well as an advocate and representative for hall residents.
Beginning this fall, the Law School will accept the GRE in place of the LSAT in an effort to broaden the pool of applicants seeking a legal education.
The Law School has arranged to provide online textbooks to students— including access to a platform that allows them to annotate and click on citations, as well as use accessibility tools—at a negotiated bulk rate.
For the second year in a row, the Law School offered a reduced campus housing rate to students receiving PILC Summer Funding, which guarantees a stipend and academic support services for all students seeking a summer internship at a public interest or government organization.