Graduate Admissions

Ethical Conduct in the Application Process

Throughout the application process, we expect all candidates to conduct themselves with integrity and hold themselves to the highest ethical standards required of the profession.

When You Apply

The application process is one in which we ask you to provide us with information and materials. We trust that we are considering all applicants on the basis of their own work and accomplishments within our holistic, comparative review process. Therefore, be advised of the following expectations:

  • Applicants must attest they have read the application instructions (PDF: 350 KB) and agree to the submission terms in order to apply.
  • Only the applicant may complete the application form and author any electronic attachments to the online application. 
  • When completing and submitting the application form, applicants must be sure their responses are accurate, and that they fully respond to all questions in each section of the application form (including in the Character and Fitness section).
  • To ensure authenticity, applicants must comply with the relevant policies and instructions when submitting academic credentials and recommendation letters, and taking and reporting English language proficiency test scores. 
  • Applicants must promptly inform Graduate Admissions if there is any change in any of the facts given.
  • Except for approved organizations (such as Fulbright, EducationUSA, and LSAC), the use of third-party educational consultants, services, or advisors is strongly discouraged. 

Accepting an Offer and Planning for Matriculation

We rely on admitted students’ good faith and integrity when accepting an offer and in the period afterward when they are preparing to start studies. Students should feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns as they make their enrollment plans.

We require admitted students to agree to enrollment terms and, for most programs, pay a non-refundable deposit in order to reserve a seat in the incoming class. We request that admitted students do so only if they intend to enroll at NYU Law in the semester to which they were admitted. 

After reserving a seat in the class, you will participate actively in planning for your successful transition to graduate study. Among the necessary preparations, we expect you will complete the following in a timely manner in the months leading up to your matriculation at the start of the semester: 

More information about these and other steps to take before studies begin will be provided to all admitted students.

Verification and Misconduct

The Law School may seek to verify any information submitted by contacting recommenders, employers, school officials, or testing agencies.

Whether on the application form or in communication with NYU, omission or misrepresentation may be the basis for denial of admission, rescinding of an offer of admission, dismissal from the Law School, or revoking any NYU School of Law degrees granted. 

Misrepresentation also may result in referral to LSAC’s Subcommittee on Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admissions Process.