Exchange Program Online Application Instructions

We are delighted that you are interested in participating in the exchange program between your university and New York University School of Law. To be considered for the program, you are required to complete the NYU Law Direct online application and provide all the documents requested. Please note that this is a one-semester program and courses are subject to availability. 


NYU School of Law participates in exchange programs with ten law faculties abroad:

  • University of Amsterdam
  • Bucerius Law School
  • University of Buenos Aires School of Law
  • Catholic University of Leuven
  • University of Copenhagen 
  • Direito Getulio Vargas – Sao Paolo
  • European University Institute
  • National University of Singapore
  • Peking University
  • Sciences Po Law School

Students attending one of the above law faculties are eligible to apply to attend NYU School of Law in Washington Square for one semester, either spring or fall. Please contact your exchange coordinator for specific eligibility requirements and information about the nomination process.

Additionally, students attending the University of Buenos Aires are also eligible to apply to participate in the NYU Law in Buenos Aires program, which is held in Buenos Aires each spring. For more information about the program, please contact the UBA exchange coordinator. 


Step-by-Step Application Instructions

  • Step 1: You must be nominated by your institution and your name must be sent to The Office of Global Programs at NYU School of Law:

  • Step 2: Applicants to the Exchange program must apply online.

    • The Office of Graduate Admissions will only accept the online application. 

  • Step 3: All prospective students are required to apply via the Online Application. New users will be required to provide a valid email address to register an account with the online system before they will be able to access and complete the application form. Applicants should select the application link for “Incoming Exchange 2024” on the Graduate Admissions application home page. 

    • Applicants may choose to complete and submit the application form during one session, or to save their work on a part of the application form and return to it at a later date. Applicants may log into their account as many times as they wish, but they must submit the application on or before the appropriate application deadline. 

      • For program, the applicant must select from locations: Buenos Aires or Washington Square.
      • Applicant must select Spring or Fall for semester of entry.
      • Please note that students applying to the NYU Law in Buenos Aires program must select Spring 2025.
      • In the Attachments section, the applicant must electronically attach a personal statement as well as a résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • Step 4: There is NO application fee for Exchange applicants.

  • Step 5: Applicants will have an opportunity to review their application before submitting. Applications must be formally submitted in order for the Office of Graduate Admissions to review them.

  • Step 6: The following materials must to be provided to the home institution coordinator and sent to The Office of Global Programs:

    1. Official transcripts from ALL law schools attended (undergraduate and graduate). Applicants must provide original, certified translations if the official transcripts are not in English.
    2. Nomination Letter: Applicants must submit a letter from the program coordinator authorizing participation in the exchange program with NYU.
  • Step 7: English Language Proficiency Test if applicable: (please see requirements)
    Applicants should arrange to have an official TOEFL score report sent from the Educational Testing Service (institution code 2599) or IELTS to New York University School of Law. 

    TOEFL and IELTS Requirements: Applicants may choose either the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or the academic version of the IELTS. The Committee does not favor one of these exams over the other, and no exams other than one of these are accepted. 

    IMPORTANT: You should plan to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam at least one to two months prior to the application deadline. Students should indicate when applying for the TOEFL exam or IELTS that they would like a copy of the exam results to be sent to New York University School of Law. 

    The Committee requires that applicants who take the TOEFL achieve a minimum total score of at least 100, a minimum score of 26 on the reading and listening subsections, and a minimum score of 22 on the writing and speaking subsections. For applicants who take the IELTS, the Committee requires a minimum overall band score of at least a 7, a minimum score of 7.5 on the reading and listening subsections, and a minimum score of 7 on the writing and speaking subsections. 

    Applicants should request that the Educational Testing Service issue an official score report of their results from the TOEFL iBT to NYU Law (institution code: 2599). For IELTS test-takers, contact the test center directly and request that your test scores be sent to New York University School of Law electronically. An institutional code is not required. NYU Law only accepts scores submitted electronically, and all IELTS test centers worldwide are able to send scores electronically to NYU. 

  • Step 8: Once all of your application materials have been received, processed, and completed, you will receive an email confirmation from the Office of Graduate Admissions. 

  • Step 9: Your application will be reviewed by the NYU Committee on Graduate Admissions using similar academic admission standards as the LLM program. Please note that the Committee reserves the final decision on all exchange applications, and an exchange application must be accepted by the Committee before a student begins preparations to arrive in New York City. 

Additional Course Requirements for Foreign-Trained Lawyers and Exchange Students: 

Exchange students enrolled in the fall semester whose legal training is not based upon the common law are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Introduction to U.S. Law course, which is offered two weeks before the start of the semester. This two-credit course is designed to introduce foreign-trained lawyers to American law, the American legal system, and American legal education. 

IMPORTANT: The Office of Global Programs should receive the official transcripts and nomination letter from the exchange program coordinator in one package by the specified deadline in order to facilitate processing the submitted online application. 


Exchange Application Deadlines

Fall 2024: April 1, 2024

Spring 2025: October 1, 2023


Mailing Address:
The Office of Global Programs
NYU School of Law
245 Sullivan Street, Suite 340
New York, NY 10012

The Office of Graduate Admissions has established the above deadlines in order to allow sufficient time for visa processing by the Office for International Students and Scholars at NYU. 


Exchange Application Checklist

Please note that there are two components of the exchange program application: electronic submission and hard copy submission. Applicants are required to submit all materials in the manner specified in order to be considered for admission. 

A. Electronic Submission 

Students submit materials electronically through the online application form. The online application opens March 1 (for Fall admission) and September 1 (for Spring admission), and there is no application fee for exchange applicants. All materials listed below must be completed and/or attached to the online application. 

  1. Online Application Form
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae

PLEASE NOTE: Do not mail any materials which have been submitted electronically.

B.  Hard copy Submission

We recommend that applicants arrange for their materials to be received at NYU Law BEFORE the application deadline. Certified translations are required for documents in a language other than English. 

  1. English Proficiency Test Score (if applicable): Only official TOEFL or IELTS score(s) issued from the test agency to NYU Law are acceptable. 
    • TOEFL test-takers should provide institution code 2599 to ETS for reporting
    • IELTS test-takers should arrange for the test center to send their score result electronically to NYU
  2. Official Transcripts and Certified Translations: Mail to the Office of Global Programs
  3. Nomination Letter from Home Institution: Mail to the Office of Global Programs

Mailing Address:
The Office of Global Programs
NYU School of Law 
245 Sullivan Street, Suite 340
New York, NY 10012