Why NYU Law: The Graduate Division

Intellectual Life

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LLM students have full access to intellectual life at the Law School; they collaborate on research at our centers and institutes, write and edit for legal journals, and participate in student organizations.

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Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes at a NYU Law Forum.

Real World Connections

Studying at NYU Law puts the vast resources of one of the world’s greatest cities at your fingertips. Our location facilitates access to top real-world practitioners and policymakers.

In addition to our faculty of leading scholars, visitors—including prominent government officials, members of the judiciary, and leaders of international organizations and NGOs—further enrich the academic programs. These visits frequently translate into valuable networking opportunities. 

Watch the Forum, one of many regular NYU Law events for students.

Watch: Joaquina Diaz Corona LLM ‘22 on finding community at NYU Law

Student Organizations

Whether it’s the Art Law Society or the Law and Business Association, it doesn’t take long to find a student group that matches your interests and experiences.

Open to all, graduate students can jump right in during Orientation by attending a fair to introduce them to the various organizations and the types of group activities that will enrich their studies. These organizations a great way to get to know students in the JD and LLM program, become a part of a smaller community within the larger Law School, and share your own experiences and passions.

In addition to student groups at the Law School, LLMs can take advantage of opportunities for graduate students across the University, including those specifically for international students.

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Student Journals

Working on a student journal is great way to connect with like-minded peers while gaining valuable experience in legal research, writing, and editing. LLM students typically apply to the following journals:

Watch: NYU Law Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah in conversation with Kenji Yoshino, faculty director of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, about the myths that define us.

Centers & Institutes

Our 30+ research centers and institutes encourage student involvement through courses, academic programs, conferences, and fellowships, and provide opportunities such as drafting amicus briefs or writing comments on proposed regulations.