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.

African Law Association
Alternative Breaks
American Constitution Society
Antitrust and Competition Law Society
Anti-Trafficking Advocacy Coalition (ATAC)
Art Law Society
Asia Law Society
Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)
Black Allied Law Students Association (BALSA)
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Brazilian Legal Society
Canadian Law Organization
NYU CannaLaw
Christian Legal Fellowship
Class Gift Campaign
Coalition on Law & Representation (CoLR)
Deans' Cup
Defender Collective
Disability Allied Law Students Association (DALSA)
Domestic Violence Advocacy Project (DVAP)
Education Law and Policy Society
Environmental Law Society (ELS)
Federalist Society
First Generation Professionals
Health Law and Policy Society (HLPS)
High School Law Institute (HSLI)
HIV Law Society
Immigrant Rights Project
Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law Society (IPELS)

International Arbitration Association (IAA)
International Law Society (ILS)
International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
J. Reuben Clark Law Society
JD/MBA Association
Japanese Law Society
Jewish Law Students Association
Latinx Law Students Association (LaLSA)
Law & Business Association
Law and Government Society
Law Revue
Law Students for Economic Justice (LSEJ)
Law Students for Israel
Law Students for Justice in Palestine
Law Students of Catan
Law Women
Learned Foot
Media Law Collaborative
Mental Health Law and Justice Association
Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA)
Midwestern Law Society
National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
National Security Law Society
NYU Law Democrats
NYU Law Orators
NYU Mediation Organization (NMO)
Prisoners' Rights & Education Project (PREP)
Prosecution Legal Society

Public Interest Law Student Association (PILSA)
Real Estate & Urban Policy Forum
Recent College Graduate Mentors
Research, Education & Advocacy to Combat Homelessness (REACH)
Resisting Injustice and Standing for Equality (RISE)
Rights over Tech (R/T)
Social Enterprise & Startup Law Group (SE-SL)
South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA)
Space Law Society
Sports Law Association
Student Advocates for Empowerment Through Harm Reduction (SAFER)
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)
Student Bar Association (SBA)
Student Lawyer Athletic Program (SLAP)
Students for the Education and Representation of Veterans (SERV)
Substantial Performance
Supreme Court Forum
Suspension Representation Project (SRP)
Tax Law Association
Transfer Student Committee
Trial Advocacy Society
Unemployment Action Center (UAC)
Washington Square Legal Services Bail Fund
West Coast Connection (WCC)
Women of Color Collective (WoCC)

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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:

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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.