NYLS earned top grades in the fall 2019 issue of preLaw magazine—an A+ in business law, an A in criminal law, and an A- in tax law. The grades were based on law schools’ curricular offerings, including clinics, concentrations, and centers.
Earlier this fall, in preLaw‘s back-to-school issue, NYLS was named a top law school for human rights and family law.
A Top School for Business and Tax Law
NYLS has a long and exceptional record of launching graduates into careers at the world’s leading businesses, financial institutions, law firms, and regulatory agencies. Students can deepen their involvement in business law activities by affiliating with NYLS’s Center for Business and Financial Law. Through the Center, students can attend special events, do original research, and network with successful leaders in the field.
In addition, NYLS offers cutting-edge tax courses and events through its Graduate Tax Program and Center for International Law. The School’s LL.M. in Taxation has been ranked No. 1 by New York Law Journal readers for 10 years straight.
Advocating for Investors
In spring 2019, students from NYLS’s Securities Arbitration Clinic went to Washington, D.C. to take part in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) first-ever Investor Advocacy Clinic Summit. They met with high-level officials and policymakers from the SEC and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to discuss ways of combatting retail fraud and protecting individual investors.
A Top School for Criminal Law
Students at NYLS can explore criminal law from every angle while sharpening practical legal skills.
- The School’s Criminal Prosecution Clinic—New York County and Criminal Prosecution Clinic—Kings County partner with the Manhattan and Brooklyn District Attorney’s Offices, respectively. Students work with police officers, victims, and witnesses to prosecute misdemeanor cases.
- NYLS’s Criminal Defense Clinic partners with The Legal Aid Society, and students represent low-income defendants in misdemeanor cases from arraignment through trial.
- The Post-Conviction Innocence Clinic represents convicted felons who present claims of innocence and seek to reverse their convictions. The clinic recently teamed up with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office to investigate wrongful conviction claims through a partnership grant.
Students who affiliate with NYLS’s Impact Center for Public Interest Law can work on projects and attend events related to criminal law. In addition, NYLS’s Advocacy Program includes a Criminal Advocacy specialty.
Learning About Restorative Justice
Restorative justice techniques use problem-solving to resolve non-violent cases and often engage victims, as well as those arrested, to resolve issues. In April 2019, NYLS hosted an all-day restorative criminal justice symposium, “Changing the Lens,” which drew hundreds of criminal justice advocates to campus. Speakers included defense attorneys, prosecutors, court program directors, judges, and others for a discussion on how restorative justice is increasingly being integrated in New York and elsewhere. In addition, NYLS has launched a Restorative Justice course.