High School Law Institute (HSLI)

Application Period

High School Law Institute will be able to operate in-person for at least the Fall semester of the 2023-2024 academic year. Accordingly, we ask that applicants live within commuting distance of NYU's campus.

The application deadline for 2023-2024 has now passed. All decisions have been sent for students who indicated a preference for the NYU campus of HSLI. The Columbia program is still reviewing applications, and will provide application updates as soon as possible. Students and applicants for the 2023-2024 school year should note that the class session scheduled for September 23rd has been cancelled for both NYU and Columbia.

Students admitted to the NYU program should check their spam folders to ensure they have received information about program orientation.

Applications for the next academic year will open in August.

About the High School Law Institute

The New York University High School Law Institute (“HSLI”) is a student-run organization that serves talented and motivated high school students throughout New York City. Alongside our sister program at Columbia Law School, we offer free, yearlong academic programming in constitutional law, criminal law, and speech and debate on Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM.

Ideal HSLI students are those who recognize the impact of the legal system, wish to learn more about how it concretely impacts society, and are preparing themselves to serve and advocate for others. While there is no expectation that our students apply to law school or pursue a legal career, we do expect that they apply themselves diligently to their studies in high school and beyond.

Courses are taught by teams of current NYU Law students. Teachers receive thorough training prior to class and receive ongoing support throughout the year. They are also provided with detailed curricula created by veteran HSLI instructors and board members that are scaffolded to support high school student understanding. Each lesson contains discussion questions, background information, classroom activities, and homework assignments that can be tailored to fit each student’s interests. Our classes are discussion-driven aimed at fostering independent thought. At HSLI, students are encouraged to think well, advocate well, and work collaboratively; they are also taught to evaluate arguments based on analytical rigor and strength of evidence.

Classes Timeline

Classes are held each Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM. The dates of the program are as follows:

  • Fall Semester Dates (2023): Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, and Nov. 11
  • College Day: Nov. 18
  • Spring Semester (2024): Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, and Feb. 24
  • Graduation: Mar. 2

    HSLI typically holds two important events in addition to regular classes: College Day and Graduation. In November, HSLI students and their parents are invited to Columbia Law School for College Day, a family workshop to demystify the college process. Graduation is the final day of the program and has been a capstone event involving pairing with their counterparts from Columbia for mock trial and moot court competitions with instructors from both schools presiding, followed by a formal ceremony with certificates, awards, and presentations.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at nyu.hsli@gmail.com. We strive to provide timely responses, but response times may be slower due to high volumes of emails regarding applications. To contact the Columbia program, please reach out to hsli@law.columbia.edu

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