Dean’s Message

Since 1891, NYLS has provided an innovative legal education, delivered by a world-class faculty, in the most important city in the world.

Our curriculum and nationally recognized clinical and experiential learning programs give students the skills, experience, and contacts they need to be competitive in the new job market.

Our faculty and staff are caring, empowering, and dedicated. And we take full advantage of our prime location, steps from the courts, government agencies, and Wall Street.

We are New York’s law school. Come see what makes this place extraordinary.

Anthony W. Crowell
Dean and President, Professor of Law

Anthony W. Crowell was named NYLS’s 16th Dean and President in May 2012. He also teaches state and local government law courses. Prior to his appointment, Dean Crowell was Counselor to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
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A Message From Dean Anthony W. Crowell

New York Law School Virtual Tour

J.D. Programs

Choose the path that fits your career trajectory. We’ll support you along the way.

Full-Time Day Division
The Day Division is a three-year, full-time program. It offers core foundational courses, more than 250 upper-level electives, and hands-on experience through clinics, externships, and competition teams. Students can also affiliate with one or more of NYLS’s six academic centers.

Part-Time Evening Division
The Evening Division is a flexible four-year, part-time program created for those with full-time jobs or other daytime obligations. Evening students study with the same faculty as daytime students, and they engage in many of the same activities, including law review, moot court, and clinics.

Young Kim

Young Kim ’20
Full-Time Day Division

I came to NYLS because I knew from personal experience that lawyers can make a difference in the lives of immigrants, low-income families, and other vulnerable groups. From my first semester, NYLS was truly invested in my growth. The School has been my biggest supporter as I pursue my professional goals.

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Alyssa Reid

Alyssa Reid ’20
Part-Time Evening Division

I balanced a full-time career with raising my son and attending NYLS at night. While it was absolutely challenging, I received a lot of support from Dean Crowell, my professors, and my classmates. I don’t know anyone else whose law school dean greets so many of their classmates by name and knows their stories so well.

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Specialize in a fast-growing field. Be practice-ready for any field.

Think Big are New York Law School

NYLS’s Think BIG curriculum lets you choose the specialty path that matches your ambitions.


Take courses like these:

Compliance Within Financial Services Companies

International Business Transactions

Business Planning: Start-Up Business and Venture Capital

Affiliate with an academic center:

Center for Business and Financial Law

Center for Real Estate Studies

Innovation Center for Law and Technology

Center for International Law

Find a career path you’ll love:

Business immigration

Corporate transactions 

Health care management and compliance

In-house and corporate counsel 

Real estate

Risk management and compliance


Trusts and estates


Take courses like these:

Cybersecurity Compliance and Due Diligence From an In-House Perspective

Entertainment Law

Legaltech, Legal Operations, and the Future of Practice

Affiliate with an academic center:

Innovation Center for Law and Technology

Wilf Impact Center for Public Interest Law

Center for Business and Financial Law

Find a career path you’ll love:

Cybersecurity and privacy

Fashion law

Intellectual property/copyright and trademark

Media and entertainment law

Patent law and litigation

Sports law

Tech entrepreneurship


Take courses like these:

Civil Rights and Disability Justice Clinic 

Housing Rights Clinic

Law, Corruption, and Government Oversight

State and Local Government 

Affiliate with an academic center:

Wilf Impact Center for Public Interest Law

Center for New York City Law

Center for International Law

Find a career path you’ll love:

Civil rights litigation

Criminal defense

Criminal prosecution

Family law

Government/public sector

Immigration law

International law/human rights

Labor and employment

Joseph Iorio

Joseph Iorio ’20
Full-Time Day Division

Affiliating with the Center for Real
Estate Studies brought a more structured and focused approach to my law school studies. I developed a strong interest in commercial real estate and the process of representing lenders in complex deals. I also honed valuable legal skills while gaining practical insights about working in this field.

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Lauren Ciaccio

Lauren Ciaccio ’20
Full-Time Day Division

From my first semester, I was able to attend intellectual property conferences and learn from experts on campus. Those experiences set me apart from the pack, and the PTO Trademark Clinic taught me valuable skills. NYLS’s amazing career development team helped me take advantage of New York City’s unmatched fashion and tech law opportunities.

Kayla Santosuosso

Kayla Santosuosso ’21
Part-Time Evening Division

I came to law school with a background in immigration, social services, community organizing, and electoral politics. NYLS’s amazing faculty, staff, and administration helped me narrow my focus to government and administrative law. Here, I have a deep bench of support, and I benefit from NYLS’s exceptionally strong connections to city and state agencies.

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Real-World Training That Prepares You for Any Field

At NYLS you’ll find wide-ranging opportunities to develop your skills while helping New Yorkers in need of legal assistance.

Many NYLS clinics operate in partnership with government agencies or nonprofits, a relationship that benefits students, partner organizations, and their clients.
Asylum Clinic • Civil Justice and National Advocacy Clinic* • Civil Rights and Disability Justice Clinic (New) • Conservation Law and Policy Clinic • Criminal Defense Clinic • Criminal Prosecution Clinic (Brooklyn) • Criminal Prosecution Clinic (Manhattan) • Cyberharassment Clinic* • Family Law Clinic* (New)Housing Rights ClinicImmigration Law and Litigation Clinic • Juvenile Rights Law Clinic* (New)Legislative Advocacy Clinic–Everytown for Gun Safety*Legislative Advocacy Clinic–New York Civil Liberties Union*Mediation Clinic • Nonprofit and Small Business Clinic* • Patent Law Clinic* • Post-Conviction Innocence Clinic* • PTO Trademark Clinic*
(Clinic offerings vary each year.)

* These clinic seminars meet in the late afternoon or evening.


Thought leaders in their fields. Champions for their students.

Meet 1L Faculty 

William P. LaPiana 

Academic Dean
Harvard, A.B. 1973 summa cum laude, A.M. 1975, J.D. 1978 cum laude, Ph.D. 1987

Penelope Andrews 

University of KwaZulu-Natal B.A. 1980, LL.B 1982; Columbia, LL.M. 1984

Tamara Belinfanti

University of Florida, B.S. 1997 with honors; Harvard, J.D. 2000 cum laude

Kirk Burkhalter ’04

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, B.A. 1999; NYLS, J.D. 2004

David Chang

Haverford, B.A. 1979 magna cum laude; Yale, J.D. 1982

Kris Franklin

Yale, B.A. 1989 cum laude; New York University, J.D. 1992

Richard D. Marsico

Fordham, B.A. 1982 summa cum laude; Harvard, J.D. 1985 magna cum laude

Houman Shadab

University of California, Berkeley, B.A. 1998 with high honors; University of Southern California, J.D. 2002

Richard K. Sherwin

Brandeis, B.A. 1975 summa cum laude; Boston College, J.D. 1981; Columbia, LL.M. 1985, J.S.D. 1989

Lynn Su

New York University, B.A. magna cum laude; Washington & Lee, J.D. cum laude

Ann Thomas

Harvard-Radcliffe, A.B. 1973; Yale, J.D. 1976

Daniel Warshawsky

University of Rochester, B.A. 1980; George Washington, J.D. 1985 with High Honors

The faculty made my law school experience very positive and stimulating. They dedicated numerous hours outside of class time to ensuring that we understood the material, and they were deeply committed to our success as future lawyers.

–Ryan Callinan ’19 

Life at NYLS

A buzzing urban campus that feels like a small, friendly town.

Academic Planning and Career Development

At NYLS, academic planning and career development are seamlessly integrated.

Professional Development: Beginning your first year, professional development skills—such as crafting an effective résumé, writing persuasive cover letters, and developing a strong network—are integrated into your coursework. 

Individual Counseling: As a first-year student, you’ll be paired with a counselor to refine your academic and career plans. Counselors continue to guide upper-level students through one-on-one and small group sessions and workshops.

Networking: Events throughout the year bring together students and professionals from various practice areas. NYLS’s accomplished and talented alumni are eager to mentor students.

Employment Opportunities: The Office of Academic Planning and Career Development hosts large-scale recruitment programs each fall and spring. In addition, the Office works with hundreds of employers throughout the year to fulfill their internship and full-time employment needs by connecting our students.

Diversity and Inclusion

NYLS is “New York’s law school,” and reflecting the city’s diversity is critical to its mission. The Institutional Diversity Plan provides a roadmap for ensuring that NYLS students from all backgrounds thrive on campus and in the profession. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion stays in close touch with students and offers dialogues, trainings, networking events, and job fairs. A commitment to diversity and inclusion is also a powerful theme in NYLS’s 2020 Strategic Plan. <more>

Student Life

Cultivating a warm, supportive, and collegial learning environment is one of NYLS’s top priorities. The Office of Student Life helps make each student’s experience as productive and meaningful as possible. <more>

Co-Curricular Teams

Three award-winning teams—Dispute Resolution Team, Moot Court Association, and Trial Competition Team—enable students to travel and compete for NYLS while sharpening in-demand courtroom skills. The New York Law School Law Review and the Family Law Quarterly—a new offering in cooperation with the ABA—provide opportunities for scholarly research and writing.<more>

Student Organizations

NYLS has an active Student Bar Association and dozens of student-led affinity groups that create opportunities to network on and off campus, find mentors, and build community. <more>

Contact Us

The Admissions and Financial Aid team is here for you! We invite you to contact our office if you have any questions. If you haven’t done so already, we strongly encourage you to explore our state-of-the-art facilities in the virtual tours above. We would love to digitally introduce you to the NYLS community. 

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
T 212.431.2888

Ella Mae S. Estrada
Associate Dean and Vice President for Enrollment Management, Student Financial Services, and Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Ed Coughlin
Executive Director of Admissions

Leslie Shannon
Director of Federal Workstudy Program and Financial Literacy 

Russie Allen

Russie Allen
Financial Aid Counselor

Kristen Gadomski

Kristen Gadomski
Admissions Counselor

Andrea Montiel
Admissions Assistant

Human Rights Policy

It is the policy of NYLS not to discriminate in its educational programs, admission policies, financial aid programs, employment practices, and other school-sponsored activities because of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, AIDS diagnosis, 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”). The placement facilities of the School are available only to employers whose practices are consistent with this policy. (In the wake of the 2006 U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming the Solomon Amendment, the faculty of NYLS voted on March 27, 2006 to suspend its ban on military recruitment on campus.) Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, relative to nondiscrimination on the basis of sex, or any other aspect of the School’s equal opportunity policy, may be directed to the Associate Dean and Vice President of Enrollment Management and Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and the Title IX Co-Coordinators. You may also contact the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education, Washington, D.C.

Qualifications for Admission to the Bar

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction directly. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners (Standard 504a).


Read all NYLS policies and reports.