Message from Assistant Dean for Admissions Cassandra T. Williams: Additional Fall 2020 Planning Information for International Students

Dear Students,

International students are an integral part of NYU and we look forward to welcoming you to the NYU Law community. We want to provide you with information relevant to your enrollment as an international student.

Earlier this week we shared with you our current plans for the Fall semester.  As part of that communication we included information about in-person and remote instruction:

  • The Law School is developing plans for in-person instruction in Fall 2020, including in some of our core first year courses.
  • Due to likely distancing requirements in classrooms and other constraints, we expect that our in-person course offerings will not cover the entire curriculum and thus all students will also receive some of their instruction remotely.
  • Any in-person instruction will be consistent with applicable density, distancing, and PPE guidelines, and other health and safety protocols.
  • We are making arrangements to enable students to participate remotely in any Fall 2020 NYU Law course, if they prefer remote instruction over in-person instruction. To that end, all in-person class meetings for Fall 2020 will also be accessible remotely, in real time.

If some in-person instruction resumes in Fall 2020 as planned, students who cannot or choose not to come to campus should be mindful that there remain regulatory limitations on remote instruction (also referred to as “distance learning”), which may have consequences for an individual student’s eligibility for a student visa, Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT), and the like. 

NYU Law will continue to advocate for a relaxation of “distance learning” restrictions for our students during this public health crisis, and we will keep students updated as more information becomes available. We will also continue to offer ongoing support of your visa application if your entry into the United States is delayed, and NYU’s Office of Global Services will assist you with the paperwork you will need as you plan to enter the U.S. If you’ve already applied for and received paperwork from Global Services, updates may be required and will be sent automatically. If you haven’t yet applied, we recommend that you contact Global Services as soon as possible.

Please feel free to contact us at with any questions. We look forward to being in touch with you throughout this summer and to welcoming you to our community soon.


Cassandra T. Williams
Assistant Dean for Admissions
New York University School of Law