Application Procedure

Timeline for Participation in Academic Year 2019-2020

January 16, 2019 Law Abroad and Exchange First Round Application Opens Online
January 16, 2019 Global Law in Nationalist Times: Panel on Studying Law Here and Abroad
February 10, 2019 Law Abroad and Exchange Application Deadline at Midnight
March 15, 2019 First Round Applicants Notified of Admission Status

March 29, 2019

June, 2019

Deadline to Accept or Deny Nomination for First Round Applicants

Announcement of Law Abroad Second Round Application Openings

August, 2019 Course Registration Opens for Spring 2019

August, 2019

Early September, 2019

Mid-September, 2019

Late September, 2019

October 1, 2019

Law Abroad Second Round Application Opens 

Law Abroad Second Round Application Deadline 

Law Abroad Second Round Applicants Notified of Admission Status

Deadline to Accept or Deny Nomination for Second Round Applicants

Deadline for All Students to Confirm Participation and Submit Transcripts

How to Apply 

The application runs on an annual cycle, opening in January of each year. Applicants are required to register an account and log in through the NYU Law Graduate Application online system, accessible here. Once you have accessed the application's main page, please select “NYU Law Abroad and Exchange Programs” from the list of programs to begin working on your application. 

Application Materials

Please complete the online application, and be prepared to upload the following:

  • An unofficial law school transcript,
  • A current CV/resume;
  • A 500-word plan of study for each program ranked on your application, addressing the points in the "Criteria for Selection" section above. Students who have not taken (and do not plan to take) the recommended courses should explain what prior training they have had or coursework they have taken that would provide similar background or preparation. Students who plan to carry out directed research or fulfill a writing requirement while abroad should request permission from the Faculty Program Director in a separate paragraph explaining how this will enable their planned program of study.                 

Applications, including all required materials, must be received by the Office of Global Programs by the stated deadline.

Criteria for Selection

Approval and selection for study abroad programs will be based on a proposed plan of study and consideration, inter alia, of the following factors:

  • The academic or professional reasons stated for the particular study abroad program;
  • The extent to which the plan fits in with the student’s overall academic and/or professional objectives, including courses already taken;
  • Whether the student plans to coordinate the proposed program with work or research during the preceding or following summer;
  • Student’s proficiency in and efforts to learn the language of the program site/host country;
  • Familiarity with the region; and
  • Evidence of preparedness for study abroad.

Participation in the program will be determined by the Faculty Program Directors, in consultation with the Vice Dean.

To be eligible, students will have to have completed all mandatory courses and, except in cases where the Faculty Program Director grants written permission, will have finished any incompletes before the program begins. 

It is strongly recommended that students have taken a basic comparative law course before the semester of planned participation. Students going to the Shanghai program are encouraged to take a comparative law course focused on East Asian legal systems. Students who have not taken (and do not plan to take) the recommended courses before participating in the program should explain in their study plan what prior training they have had or coursework they have taken that would provide similar background or preparation.

Nominated students who have accepted to participate in the program must also submit a current transcript to the Office of Global Programs with their confirmation by October 1.