Regulation & Public Policy

Student Opportunities

At NYU Law, students are encouraged to take advantage of all the Law School has to offer, from working directly with faculty on their research, to getting involved with our centers, to participating in clinics and student organizations. Our Office of Career Services and the Public Interest Law Center (PILC) also support NYU Law students pursuing private positions or government service. Here are some opportunities for those specifically interested in regulation and public policy:

The ASPIRE Scholarship provides a full-tuition law school scholarship for students interested in cyber and information security and dedicated to careers in state, local, or federal government.

The Furman Public Policy Scholarship is an innovative, challenging, and experience-based program designed to train and support selected top students who are interested in pursuing careers in the public policy sector. It gathers in one program the already top-notch policy resources of NYU Law and builds on these with new, significant policy-oriented opportunities. Furman Public Policy Scholars are provided full-tuition scholarships for three years of Law School study leading to the JD degree. The four pillars of the program are substantive competency, experiential learning, values, and mentorship.

The Institute for Policy Integrity is a non-partisan think tank dedicated to improving the quality of government decision-making. It produces original scholarly research in the fields of economics, law, and regulatory policy and advocates for reform before courts, legislatures, and executive agencies. The institute regularly hires legal and economic fellows.

The NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy is a nonpartisan student-run periodical specializing in the analysis of local, state, and federal legislation and policy. Quorum, the journal’s online companion, is a forum for shorter contributions on various subjects, including current developments in legislation or public policy, responses to content in the print journal or earlier submissions to Quorum, and analyses of related issues. The journal welcomes submissions from law students.

The Public Interest Law Center (PILC) is a national model for the promotion of public service. PILC not only coordinates and promotes the Law School’s public interest and government service activities but also counsels students individually on their careers. As the most ambitious such program in the nation, the PILC Summer Funding Program guarantees funding for all first- and second-year students who want to work in public interest and government positions.

The Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholarship is the nation’s premier public service scholarship. The program covers full tuition, without regard to financial need, for three years of law school for outstanding students who promise to pursue public service, including working in public policy. Scholars may also receive loans to cover living expenses, on demonstration of need.

The Tax Policy Internship and Fellowship Program gives 3L JD/LLM in Taxation candidates a chance to spend six months as interns at the US Department of the Treasury or the Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation during the summer and fall after the JD degree is awarded. They then complete the LLM in Taxation during the spring of the year following graduation.

The Masters of Laws LLM is designed for students who wish to take full advantage of NYU’s extraordinarily wide range of course offerings and the diverse research interests of our faculty. Unlike students in the specialized LLM programs, candidates pursuing the traditional LLM degree are not limited to a specific number of classes in one field, and they have the freedom to choose courses that match their interests.

Student organizations include the Education Law and Policy Society, the Health Law and Policy Society (HLPS), and the Real Estate & Urban Policy Forum.

Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic students, led by Robert Bauer and Sally Katzen, are introduced to the roles and skills of the government lawyer while working in Washington, DC. The clinic provides an understanding of government decision-making that will help those students intending to seek positions in the government and offers those heading to the private sector greater insight into the workings of government that often significantly affect their clients.