JD Admissions

Third-Year Visiting/Non-Matriculant (JD) Application Questions

How do I request an application?
Apply online using our electronic application. The online application for fall 2019 will be available May 1.  The online application for spring 2019 Third-Year Visiting/Non-Matriculant admission is available here.

How many credits are required to apply as a Third-Year Visiting/Non-Matriculant candidate?
A candidate must have completed two full years (approximately 55 credits) and need no more than 30 additional credits to complete requirements for graduation at other ABA approved law schools.

What are the deadlines for Third-Year Visiting/Non-Matriculant admission?
For fall admission, Third-Year Visiting/Non-Matriculated candidates must file their applications by July 1 and complete their applications with supporting documentation by July 15. Decisions will be mailed by mid-August. For spring admission, Third-Year Visiting/Non-Matriculant candidates must file their applications by November 1 and complete their applications with supporting documentation by November 15. Decisions will be mailed by late November.

Do you offer application fee waivers?
The Law School does not waive application fees for this program.

Do you require my LSAT score to be reported from the Law School Admissions Council's Credential Assembly Service?
We do not require applicants to submit an LSAT score for Third-Year Visiting/Non-Matriculant admission.

I only need a few courses to complete my degree - can I enroll on a part time basis?
Third-Year Visiting/Non-Matriculant students must enroll on a full time basis.

I have to complete specific course requirements for my home school in order to meet graduation requirements. Am I assured of getting into the courses I need?
We cannot assure visiting students that they will get into specific courses such as Evidence or Corporations. We can assure your registration for a full course load for the semester, but you may have to adjust your course selections. Visiting students register for courses after all other upperclass students.

Do you require a dean's certification from my home law school?
Yes, and you will need to obtain written permission from your home law school to enroll at NYU School of Law.

Do you require certification from my undergraduate institution?

How many recommendations do I need to submit?
Applicants are not required to submit a recommendation, but may do so if they wish.

How long should my personal statement be?
Applicants should submit a one-page personal statement on their reasons for spending their third year at NYU School of Law.

When can I expect to receive a decision on my application?
Candidates can expect to receive decisions by early to mid August. A complete application includes the application form, an application fee, a law school transcript with all grades from all previous semesters of law school, a law school certification and a personal statement.

Am I eligible to apply for or participate in financial aid, housing, Law Review/Journals and Early Interview Week?
Third-Year Visiting/Non-matriculant students are not eligible for scholarships or need-based grants, Law Review/Journals, or Early Interview Week. Non-matriculant applicants who are offered admission to NYU School of Law are eligible to apply for on-campus housing.

I have previously applied to NYU School of Law's JD program. May I use my previous application materials in my Transfer/Non-Matriculant application?
No. If you applied to NYU School of Law previously, you may not use previous application materials.

Does having prior involvement with the criminal justice system,such as an arrest, charges, or conviction, or answering "yes" to any of the other Character and Fitness questions on the Non-Matriculant Application, preclude me from being admitted to NYU Law?
No. NYU Law strives to ensure that students in each incoming class bring with them a diversity of experience. All individuals, including those with previous criminal convictions and other prior involvement in the criminal justice system, are encouraged to apply.

Please be advised that in addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Bar examiners consider prior criminal legal history as part of the character and fitness evaluation. This may include charges, convictions, arrests, and other forms of involvement in the criminal justice system.

Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. The National Conference of Bar Examiners provides addresses for all relevant agencies and a Guide to Bar Admissions Requirements.

Applicants who plan to seek New York Bar admission may petition the State bar for an “advance ruling” on the effect of a felony or misdemeanor conviction upon their character and fitness evaluations. Applicants seeking such a ruling are encouraged to contact the Appellate Division of the New York State Unified Court System in which you reside; if you do not reside in New York State, please contact the Attorney Admissions Office of the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department. Applicants who expect to practice in New York State also are encouraged to review Are You Fit to Be a Lawyer, published by the New York State Lawyer Assistance Trust.

NYU Law will use information shared in the Character and Fitness section of the application to advise and support admitted students. The Law School’s Office of Career Services and Public Interest Law Center will provide counseling to students who have questions on how a criminal legal history may impact a legal career.