New York University School of Law (NYU Law) is the law school of New York University in Manhattan. Established in 1835, it is the oldest law school in New York City. The school offers J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D. degrees in law, and is located in Greenwich Village, in downtown Manhattan.
Known for its dedication to public-interest and government study, NYU Law is generally regarded as one of the most prestigious and selective law schools in the United States and the world. U.S. News & World Report currently ranks NYU Law 6th in the nation, and has ranked the law school as high as 4th in recent years. NYU Law is especially renowned for its strength in international law and tax law, and has been consistently ranked 1st in the country by U.S News & World Report in both areas. Additionally, NYU Law enjoys an elite reputation worldwide, consistently ranking in the top 6 law schools in the world in the QS World University Rankings.
Prominent alumni of the law school include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, commentator and author Glenn Greenwald, former Chairman of Paramount Pictures Jonathan Dolgen, Verizon Wireless SVP and General Counsel Randal Milch, former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, several members of the U.S. House of Representatives, former FBI Director Louis Freeh, and former Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Peter Guber. The law school has produced numerous leaders in the federal judiciary, including Dennis G. Jacobs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Pauline Newman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Applicants to NYU Law face an “ultra-selective admissions process,” with more than 7,000 applicants competing for 450 seats. The median GPA of the entering class is approximately 3.8, and the median LSAT is greater than a 171 — a 98th-percentile score. The latest edition of University of Chicago Professor Brian Leiter’s ranking of the top law schools by student quality places NYU Law 4th out of the 144 accredited schools in the United States.
Graduates of the law school routinely obtain employment in elite public and private-sector positions. NYU Law ranks 2nd among all law schools in terms of the number of alumni working in the nation’s top 50 law firms, and 6th in Supreme Court clerkship placement.
According to New York University School of Law’s 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 93.7% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.