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NYLS Featured as a Leader in Government Law, Public Policy, and More

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The latest issue of preLaw magazine includes feature stories on NYLS’s leadership in government law and public policy.  

In an interview with the magazine, Dean Anthony W. Crowell noted, “Whether you’re interested in the federal government or the city or local law, or you want to work with an international NGO (nongovernmental organization) like the United Nations, New York is the center of the universe. The training and opportunities you get here to work at all levels of government is pretty extraordinary.”

preLaw ranked NYLS No. 2 for Government Law and awarded the School an “A” for Public Policy.

“New York Law School’s location in Lower Manhattan gives it the opportunity to partner with a host of key public policy institutions, and it is often asked to host a wide range of public dialogs,” reporter Katie Thisdell wrote.

The magazine also cited NYLS’s robust public service network, high-profile events, and one-of-a-kind Center for New York City Law.

Professor Ross Sandler, Director of the Center, is the former Transportation Commissioner of New York City. Dean Crowell served as Counselor to former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He still fields requests for policy advice from local officials and teaches State and Local Government Law. Professor Alvin Bragg, Co-Director of NYLS’s Racial Justice Project, is the former Chief Deputy Attorney General in the New York State Office of the Attorney General.

In addition, the Center for New York City Law regularly hosts CityLaw Breakfasts—popular events featuring state and local leaders. The breakfasts are open to the public and attended by hundreds of influential lawyers, policy experts, and public servants.

“It’s an opportunity for students to network, and a lot have employment opportunities result from the people they meet at their table at the breakfast series,” said Brian Kaszuba ’04, Associate Director of the Center.

The breakfasts often generate media interest. In 2015, one day after leveling corruption charges against former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Preet Bharara—then the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York—took to the podium at a standing-room-only CityLaw Breakfast. National headlines followed.

preLaw‘s feature story also highlighted NYLS’s Office of Public Service and Pro Bono Initiatives, led by Executive Director Swati Parikh. The office provides specialized academic and career advising to students pursuing government and policy roles. It also coordinates networking events in these areas.

In addition, preLaw noted NYLS’s New York Census and Redistricting Institute, launched this fall, and the first New York City academic institution of its kind. The Institute’s focus is education and outreach related to the upcoming 2020 Census.

More Recognition

preLaw magazine also named NYLS to these lists:

  • Among the “Best Law Schools for Hispanics”
  • Top Schools for Public Defenders (No. 11)
  • Top Schools for Trial Advocacy (A-)