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NAMES AND ADDRESSES
Law School: New York Law School 
Address: 185 West Broadway 
   
City: New York 
State, Zip: NY, 10013 
Country: United States  
Phone: 212-431-2100 

Administrator Name: Margaret Reuter 
Administrator Title: Assistant Dean for Career Planning 
Phone: 212-431-2345 
Fax: 212-274-1491 
Email: mreuter@nyls.edu 
Web: www.nyls.edu 

Registrar's Name: Oral Hope 
Phone No: 212-431-2300 
Names & titles of key CSO staff: Sr Director, Danielle Aptekar; Assoc Directors Cynthia Weissman, Moreen Mitchell, Jessica Hedrick, Ed Coughlin, and Courtney Fitzgibbons; Director for Employer Relations, Stacy Bliagos; Employer Relations Administrator, Michelle Shin; Public Interest Coordinator, Wanda James; CSO Assistants Maryll Botula and Christina Torres 

DEGREE PROGRAMS
No. of hours required to graduate: 86 
Comments:  

No. of Full-time students 1365 
No. of Evening students: 393 
No. of Part-time students:
Other:
Total: 1765 

COMPOSITION OF ENROLLMENT
'13-'14 Year 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year Total
Men: 234  272  294  42  842 
Woman: 270  301  310  42  923 
Totals: 504  573  604  84  1765 
Black (Men): 12  13  13  41 
Black (Women): 22  29  25  85 
Hispanics (Men): 36  33  21  10  100 
Hispanics (Women): 49  55  23  132 
American Indian/Alaskan (Men):
American Indian/Alaskan (Women):
Asian/Pacific Islander (Men): 21  30 
Asian/Pacific Islander (Women): 24  37 
Disabled (Men):
Disabled (Woman):
Openly GLBT (Men): 18 
Openly GLBT (Woman):
Comments:  

Do you offer LL.M. degrees? Yes 
Is LL.M. grading system equivalent to JD system? No 
Do you offer joint degree programs? Yes 
NO. of LL.M. degrees awarded in previous year: 34 

FIELDS OF STUDY OFFERED > LL.M DEGREES:
Subjects Full-time Evening Part-time Other
Tax, Financial Services and Real Estate 63 50
FIELDS OF STUDY OFFERED > JOINT DEGREES:
Subjects Full-time Evening Part-time Other
JD/MBA

ADMISSIONS PROFILE
Applications received: 5,997 
Size of entering class: 480 
No. of undergraduate colleges represented: 205 
No. of states represented: 32 
In-state enrollment: 258 
Out-state enrollment: 215 
Foreign countries represented: 17 

GRADE POINT AVERAGE / LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION TEST
25% 50% 75%
Grade Point Average Full-time 3.01 3.25 3.45
Part-time 2.93 3.13 3.39
Overall 2.98 3.22 3.44
Law School Admission Test

 

Full-time 152 154 157
Part-time 149 152 154
Overall 151 154 156
In determining GPA and LSAT averages, are all students included? No 
  If "No", what percentage is not included?
Fewer than 1% are graduates of institutions that do not use grading systems and, therefore, do not have reportable GPA.
 

JD PROGRAM
Fall Semester: Begin Date:
End Date:
8/19/2011
12/2/2011
Spring Semester: Begin Date:
End Date:
1/17/2012
5/2/2012
Semester Break: Begin Date:
End Date:
12/22/2011
1/16/2012
Spring Break: Begin Date:
End Date:
3/12/2012
3/16/2012

CLINICAL COURSES/PROGRAMS OFFERED
Clinical Courses/Program Enrollment Based on
Civil Rights Clinic Interviews with Professor
Criminal Prosecution Clinic
Criminal Prosecution Clinic-Richmond County
Elder Law Clinic
Mediation Clinic
Securities Arbitration Clinic
Criminal Defense Clinic
SPECIAL TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

MOOT COURT PROGRAM
Is Moot Court a required activity? No 
Please describe program, including when students participate, how board members are selected, etc.
After completing their first year all students may participate in an intramural competition held early in the Fall Term.  Quarter finalists are invited to join the Association.  Others are invited to join based on the strength of their briefs or oral presentations.  About 60 students are invited each year.  Executive board members are elected by Association members each spring.

JOURNALS/ACTIVITIES
JOURNALS
Journals No. of Students Grades Write-on Intv. Other
New York Law School Law Review 177 171 6
 
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
Asian-Pacific American Law Students Assocation
Black Law Students Association
Corporate and Business Law Society
Criminal Law Society
De Novo (student newspaper)
Domestic Violence Project
Environmental Law Society
Family Justice Initiative
Financial Services Law Association
Immigration Law Students Association
Intramural Sports Club
Labor and Employment Law Society
Latin American Law Students Association
Legal Association for Women
Media, Entertainment & Fashion Law Association
Muslim Law Students Association
Real Estate Law Students Association
South Asian Law Students Association
Student Bar Association
Unemployment Action Center

GRADING SYSTEM
EXPLANATION OF GRADING SYSTEMS
Letter Grades Other Grade System? Numerical Equivalents
       A+ 4.33
       A 4.00
       A- 3.67
       B+ 3.33
       B 3.00
       B- 2.67
       C+ 2.33
       C 2.00
       C- 1.67
       D 1.00
       F .00

 Comments:
 
MINIMUM GRADE REQUIRED TO ATTAIN (Based on May 2013 graduation class)
Top 10%: 3.60 
Top 25%: 3.40 
Top 33%: 3.29 
Top 50%: 3.10 
Top 75%: 2.82 

Median GPA: 3.10 
Minimum grade required for graduation: 2.00 
Do you have a pass/fail option? No
If "Yes", please describe:  
Are students ranked in their class? Yes
If so, how often? annually 
Will the school verify student grades? Yes
Please describe policy:  

ACADEMIC AWARDS AND HONORS
ACADEMIC AWARDS
Name of Award No. Awarded Selection Process
Distinquished Writing Award 2 Adjunct Faculty Award
Distinquished Writing Award 5 Full-time Faculty Awards
The Trustee's Prize 2 For the Highest Average
Alfred l. Rose Award 2 For Excellence
Professor Joseph H. Koffler 1 Special Trustees' Award
Professor Joseph T. Arenson Award 2 For Excellence in Wills and Decedent's Estate
Chief Justice Rose E. Bird Award 1 Motivation in Pursuing Public Interest Law
Professor Lung-Chu Chen Award 1 Excellence in the field of Human Rights
Dean's Award 2 For Student Leadership
Helen & Andrew Dokas Memorial Award 1 For Excellent Achievement
Elsberg Prize 1 For Proficiency in the Law of Contracts
Faculty Award to Editor-in-Chief 1 New York Law School Review
Alexander D. Forger Award 1 For Distinguished Service to the Profession
Prof. Robert R. Rosenthal Award 1 For Excellence in New York Practice
Joseph Solomon Award 2 For Excellent Character and Fitness
Ernst C. Stiefel Award 2 For Excellence Comparative Common Civil Law
Muray Stockman Memorial Award 1 Highest Average in the Law of Evidence
Louis Susan Memorial Award 1 Excellence in study of Law Of Evidence
Woodrow Wilson Award 2 Proficiency in Constitutional Law
Henry J. Wolff Award 2 Course Of Study
Sylvia D. Garland Award 1 Excellence in Subjects Relating to Civl Lit.
And many more awards...
GRADUATION HONORS
  % of Class Receiving GPA Required # of Students
Order of the Coif:
Summa cum laude: 2 8/387
Magna cum laude: 7 29/387
Cum laude: 16 59/387
Other:
 

AREAS OF PRACTICE
Areas of practice (Include both legal and non-legal positions) % of employed students with jobs in area Employment locations % of students with known location who are in region
Private practice: 40.7  New England: 2.0 
Business and industry: 33.1  Middle Atlantic: 88.5 
Government: 11.8  East North Central: 0.75 
Judicial clerkship: 3.4  West North Central: 0.25 
Military: 0.2  South Atlantic: 4.3 
Public interest organization: 6.8  East South Central: 0.25 
Academic: 2.5  West South Central: 1.0 
Job category not identified: 1.5  Mountain: 0.25 
Pacific: 2.5 
Non-US: 0.25 

  Jurisdictions: (states and/or metropolitan areas)
                      with the highest % of graduates from the most recent graduating class

ON CAMPUS INTERVIEWS
  Week invitations are sent to employers:
February 20, 2012
  OCI requests accepted by:  
  Mail Beginning Date: 02/20/2012
  Phone beginning date: 02/20/2012
  Email beginning date: 02/20/2012 To Email: career@nyls.edu
  Online beginning date: 02/20/2012 URL: law-nyls-csm.symplicity.com/employers
 
Please specify any changes in OCI procedures or policies that will be in effect for the first time during Fall 2014 :
On-Campus Interview and Resume Collect are available online through Symplicity.
 
OCI date assignment procedure:
 First come first served   Random
 Early/Late Rotation   Out of state employer by geographic location
  Comments:
 
  OCI Fee?
No fee charged. We encourage contributions to our LRAP Program.
 
  OCI date confirmation will be sent to employers:
 
  if requested our school will coordinate with:
 
  Describe required employer forms:
 
OCI DATES
OCI dates for August: 08/14/2012 - 08/31/2012
OCI dates for Fall: 08/14/2012 - 11/09/2012
OCI dates for Spring: 02/25/2013 - 03/29/2013
  Flyback dates:
 

  Is video conferencing available?  No 
  Comments:
 

  Are employers permitted to prescreen?  Yes 
  If "No", explain:
 

OCI drop date: 07/31/2012
Date student materials sent to employer: 08/01/2012
Date interview schedule sent to employer:
Postage/express mail fee? resumes through Symplicity
  Comments:
Interview schedules are sent to employers 1-2 days prior to their visit.
 
Do you provide resume collection or direct mail option for employers not participating in OCI?  Yes 
  Are all OCI conducted in campus buildings?  Yes 
  If "No", describe alternatives and reservation procedure:
 

OTHER INTERVIEW PROGRAMS
  Cooperative/Consortia:
Equal Justice Works Career Fair
Public Interest Legal Career Fair (at NYU)
Northeast Consortium Washington DC Job Fair
Loyola Patent Law Interview Program
New Hampshire Legal Job Fair
American Intellectual Property Law Association Job Fair
 
  Diversity Interview Programs:
National BLSA Job Fair
New York County Lawyers Association Minority Judicial Fellowship Program
New York City Bar Diversity Fellowship Program
NYC Metro Area LBGT Legal Career Fair
Boston Law Group Minority Recruitment Program
National Black Prosecutor's Association Job Fair
Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair
Lavender Law
 

JOB POSTING
  Will you send, upon request, one package containing resumes/transcripts?  Yes 
  Will you post a notice directing students to apply directly to employer?  Yes 

If you provide job listings for graduates, describe how to send notice, when employers can expect responses, length of time notice is posted (whether in print or online), etc.;
Contact the Office of Career Services by phone (212)-431-2345, fax (212) 274-1491, or email at career@nyls.edu.  Job listings are available to students and graduates.  Listings remain online for 30 days or removed sooner if we are notified that a position has been filled.
 

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS
Describe any special regulations pertaining to the recruitment of first year students that are in addition to the NALP guidelines. For example, are first year students eligible for spring OCI? When are job notices posted during second semester?
First year students are elligible for our Spring Recruitment Program.
 

DIVERSITY PROGRAMS
The Office of Career Services presents and co-sponsors workshops and programs including an Orientation and Interview Prep Session.  The law school also participates in the New York City Bar Diversity Fellowship Program as well as a number of other Diversity Programs.
 

PRO BONO PROGRAM
The law school in recent years has provided opportunities for pro bono and volunteer work for students through bankruptcy and pro se divorce programs with outside organizations, through our support of the Unemployment Action Center and the Courtroom Advocates Program, and through the Law School's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site and Child Literacy program with the NYC public schools.   Many students find their own opportunities as well and their efforts can be recognized through the Public Service Certificate and public service graduation awards

We emphasize that public interest/public service/pro-bono work can take many forms and is possible regardless of the field of law chosen for practice.   Our Public Service Certificate program acknowledges New York Law School's support for the idea of service as an important component of a student's legal education, and emphasizes that service is an integral and valued part of the learning and professional development of our students.  Public Service Certificates are issued to graduating students who have performed at least 40 hours of voluntary service while at law school, or who have a combination of at least 30 hours of voluntary service and have another 30 hours of public interest work done through a work-study placement, clinic, or externship.   The names of public service certificate recipients are listed in the commencement program, and a notation is placed on the student's transcript.
 

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
Discrimination and harassment interfere with the educational purpose of New York Law School and negatively affect all members of the Law School community. Faculty, staff, and students have a right to be free from discrimination and harassment based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, AIDS, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital or parental status, military status, domestic violence victim status, or any other classification protected by local, state, or federal law ("Protected Classification"). Discrimination or harassment directed at any member of the Law School community within the context of the Law School or Law School-sponsored activities will not be permitted, and complaints will be investigated promptly and thoroughly. New York Law School is proud of its policy of maintaining a work, academic and residential environment that encourages tolerance and respect for the dignity of each individual.

 

NARRATIVES/OTHER NOTES
NARRATIVES
JOHN MARSHALL HARLAN SCHOLARS PROGRAM
We have invited our most academically successful students, who rank in the top 15 percent of their class, to accept the designation of Harlan Scholar. These students affiliate with one of our nine academic centers; enter an intellectually rich community; undertake a specially-designed course of study; and gain sophistication and insight from their faculty mentors. The centers, listed below, are led by some of the most effective educators among the faculty. The program is designed to create a vibrant environment where faculty and scholars convene regularly in a variety of environments: class, law review symposia development, discussion groups, and speaker series to foster robust discourse and mentoring of inestimable value. All Harlan Scholars are also members of the School's Law Review. Each Law Review member is required to write a short Case Comment, and has the option, beginning in their second semester, of writing a longer Note under faculty supervision.

NYLS ACADEMIC CENTERS:
•        Center on Business Law & Policy
•        Center on Financial Services Law
•        Center for International Law
•        Center for New York City Law
•        Center for Professional Values and Practice
•        Center for Real Estate Studies
•        Diane Abbey Center for Children and Families
•        Institute for Information Law & Policy
•        Justice Action Center

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IN THE CURRICULUM
New York Law School's unique skills-based curriculum offers students many opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience—through clinics, simulation courses, externships, project-based learning courses, and a new first-year Legal Practice program. Launched in 2011, the Legal Practice program provides students with a comprehensive introduction to lawyering skills at the beginning of their law school careers. The program is designed to prepare students for their first legal work experience and presents them with challenging scenarios that call on them to problem-solve and apply the law in context.

Project-based learning courses cover a range of subjects and offer students a chance to practice lawyering skills from client representation to project planning and collaboration. Classes are small, and participating students work together with close guidance from a faculty member on carrying out a project with concrete, real-world significance. Examples of projects include creating a Web site on a legal subject, developing policies for a board of education’s policy manual, and co-drafting an amicus curiae brief.

LL.M. AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
LLM in Taxation: The Graduate Tax Program enables LL.M. students to build a firm foundation in tax and pursue a concentration in depth. The program emphasizes advanced training in tax research and practice-oriented writing, as well as practical experience through externships.
LL.M./Certificate in Financial Services Law: Through the Graduate Financial Services Program, students develop knowledge and expertise in the law, business, and regulation of the global financial services industry.
LL.M. in Real Estate: The Graduate Real Estate Program provides all students with a thorough grounding in the law, business, documentation, and regulation of real estate transactions, finance, and development. Online courses available.
M.A./Certificate in Mental Disability Law Studies: The Online Mental Disability Law Program provides the knowledge and tools needed to bring about effective change in the lives and treatment of people with mental disabilities.
 
OTHER NOTES
--New York Law School's required courses and any courses with enrollments over 20 are graded on a mandatory, highly rigorous curve based on the grade of B, meaning that half of the students will be awarded a B- (2.67) or less, and half will receive a B (3.00) or better.  This reflects our faculty’s deep commitment to setting meaningful, competitive performance standards.  High grades are earned against high standards.  Each school's faculty chooses, whether actively or passively, to have an inflated curve or not.  At New York Law School there is no grade inflation.  

--Scholarships:  Trustees' Scholarships are the most competitive scholarships awarded only to incoming first-year students; John Marshall Harlan Scholarships are honors scholarships awarded only to second-year students who ranked in the top 15 percent; Dean's Scholarships are competitive and awarded in all class years. Unlike some schools that may continue scholarships throughout a student's academic career unchecked, New York Law School expects our scholarship recipients to continue to demonstrate their academic prowess in order to renew the scholarship each year.  Where we see great promise, we expect great performance.  Our scholarship recipients must maintain a GPA in the top echelons of their class to renew their scholarship funding each year.  These scholarships are called Merit Scholarships for a reason.

--Dean's Honors is awarded each semester to students achieving a GPA of 3.40 or better; and the Dean's High Honors is awarded each semester to students achieving a GPA of 3.70 or better.

Since 1992, New York Law School Moot Court Association teams have won more than 76 first-place honors in inter-mural competitions. Recent awards include  national finalists in Emory Law School’s Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition, along with winning best competition brief; Thurgood A. Marshall’s Memorial Moot Court Competition; and international finalists in Pace University School of Law’s International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition, with each competitor walking away with a Best Oral Advocate award.  Our teams won national semi-finalist distinctions at three venues:   Chicago Bar Association (constitutional law), UCLA (sexual orientation law), and Whittier Law School (juvenile law), winning best brief and oralist titles along the way.  New York Law School mooters also won national quarterfinalist recognition in competitions at Fordham (securities law); Brooklyn (evidence); Pepperdine (entertainment); and Tulane University (sports law).



 

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