NYLS earned A’s from preLaw magazine in both Family Law and Human Rights Law. (Read preLaw’s 2019 back-to-school issue.)
A Top School for Family Law
Family Law is an important area of interest for NYLS students. The School has a dedicated academic institute, the Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families, part of its highly active Impact Center for Public Interest Law.
NYLS alumni have pursued a variety of careers in this field, including representing children in custody or child welfare cases, domestic violence advocacy, private matrimonial practice, education advocacy, and work with government child welfare and juvenile justice agencies.
In addition to “Family Law,” an introductory doctrinal course, NYLS’s family and children’s law offerings include:
Faculty leaders in Family Law include Professors Richard Chused, Kris Franklin, Lisa Grumet (Director of the Abbey Institute), Arthur Leonard, Richard Marsico (Director of the Impact Center), and Samantha Pownall ’11.
A Top School for Human Rights Law
Many NYLS students pursue Human Rights Law. For more than 20 years, the School’s Center for International Law has been a hub for student projects and major events on human rights law and international law. Past events have featured internationally recognized leaders, including former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The center is planning timely new activities and projects this year.
Regularly offered courses in this practice area include:
In fall 2017, NYLS launched its Asylum Clinic, which complements the School’s existing immigration law courses. The Asylum Clinic’s special focus is international refugees fleeing persecution in their home countries and seeking safety in the United States. The clinic handles cases in-house and works with outside nonprofit organizations on ancillary services, such as access to public benefits, with the goal of helping refugees achieve self-sufficiency.
In 2019, NYLS created the Stephen J. Ellmann Fellowship, in memory of Professor Stephen J. Ellmann, who was a leading scholar on the rule of law in South Africa and a beloved member of NYLS’s faculty. Stephen J. Ellmann Judicial Fellows serve as judicial clerks at the Gauteng Division of the High Court in South Africa.
Faculty leaders in this field include Professors Penelope Andrews, Lenni Benson, Frank Munger, Nadine Strossen, and Ruti Teitel, as well as Adjunct Professors Barry Appleton (Co-Director of the Center for International Law), Desiree Hernandez ’08, and Claire Thomas ’11.