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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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—which turned 125 years old in 2019—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 ’20
Full-Time Day Division

I came to NYLS because I know 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 ’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.

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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

Securities Arbitration Clinic

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

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

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:

Housing Rights Clinic

Shaping American Democracy: Redistricting and Voting Rights

State and Local Government 

Affiliate with an academic center:

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 ’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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Pooja Parekh ’20
Full-Time Day Division

Before I came to NYLS, I was an engineer at General Electric, working on technologies like power plants and locomotives. Through NYLS’s Innovation Center for Law and Technology, I learned how technology influences law and policy. I was drawn to NYLS’s commitment to interdisciplinary learning and supportive culture.

Kayla Santosuosso 4L
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 Clinic • Conservation Law and Policy Clinic •  Criminal Defense Clinic •  Criminal Prosecution Clinic (Brooklyn) •  Criminal Prosecution Clinic (Manhattan) •  Cyberharassment Clinic* •  Housing Rights Clinic •  Immigration 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* •  Post-Conviction Innocence Clinic* •  PTO (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) Patent Clinic* •  PTO (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)  Trademark Clinic* •  Securities Arbitration 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.

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 

Meet 1L Faculty 

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

Arthur Leonard

Cornell, B.S. 1974; Harvard, J.D. 1977 cum laude

Houman Shadab

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

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

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 conducting legal research, writing persuasive cover letters and resumes, and developing a strong network—are thoroughly 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 one-on-one.

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

Employment Opportunities: The Office of Academic Planning and Career Development hosts large-scale fall and spring recruitment programs and communicates with hundreds of employers every month about their internship and full-time employment needs. 

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. 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 new 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 skillsThe New York Law School Law Review and the Family Law Quarterly—a new offering—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

Mae Estrada
Associate Dean for Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, and Diversity Initiatives

Ed Coughlin
Senior Director of Admissions

David Woods
Director of Financial Aid

Leslie Shannon
Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Allison Conley
Admissions and Financial Aid Coordinator

Crystal Escabi ’18
Admissions Counselor and Housing Coordinator

Freda Boateng
Senior Administrative Assistant

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