Why NYU Law

Your 1L Year

First-year students at New York University School of Law get a firm grounding in both legal theory and practice.

Lawyering Program

The Lawyering Program teaches the real-world skills that practicing lawyers need. The Lawyering class size averages 30 students.

Legislation and the Regulatory State

Legislation and the Regulatory State (LRS), specially designed by the Law School, introduces the materials, concepts, and tools that lawyers must have in a world of statutes and regulations. It also helps students better absorb the concepts and issues covered in Contracts, Criminal Law, Procedure, and Torts, all required first-year courses. (Property and Constitutional Law are mandatory too, but don’t need to be taken in the first year.)

First-Year Electives

1L electives, developed based on student interest, allow you to pursue a particular focus early in your legal education. These electives include: Constitutional LawCorporationsCriminal Procedure: Police PracticesIncome Taxation, Intellectual PropertyInternational Law, and Property.

Areas of Study

Our areas of study include: Cities & Land Use; Constitutional, Civil Rights, & Democracy; Corporate & Commercial; Criminal Justice; Environmental; Family, Gender, & Sexuality; Global & International; Human Rights; Immigration; IP & Innovation; Labor & Employment; Law & Security; Legal Theory, History, & the Social Sciences; Litigation & Procedure; Regulation & Public Policy; and Taxation. See All Areas of Study.