Areas of Focus
Eleven areas of focus offer students a wide choice of academic specialties with courses taught by faculty who are leaders in the their fields.
NYU Law creates a vibrant community through our rigorous academic programs, including business, constitutional, criminal, environmental, innovation, interdisciplinary, international, procedure, public interest and tax law, as well as innovative programs, such as our renowned clinics and our groundbreaking lawyering program.
Read some academic features from the Law School magazine:
The System Everyone Loves to Hate
The U.S. Supreme Court has recently taken on cases involving Torts, one of the oldest areas of law. In the 2011 Law School magazine, leading NYU Law tort scholars and teachers, including Richard Epstein, Mark Geistfeld, Catherine Sharkey, and others, weigh in on a central issue: How can we best keep people safe? more
Our nation runs, more and more, not on laws created in Congress, but on rules and regulations forged by those who hold unelected positions within agencies like the Administration for Children and Families and the Treasury Department. NYU Law has taken the lead in tailoring law school curricula to reflect this reality, with a dynamic faculty that both analyzes and participates in U.S. politics and policymaking. more
Most of the world reacted with shock and grief after 9/11. A mile away from Ground Zero, NYU Law responded in the way it does best, by applying the intellectual powers of its faculty to untangle the complicated legal and policy questions emerging in the changed world. In seeking answers, the Law School is helping shape a new field known as Law and Security. more
Democracy rests on the vote, from voting rights to everything involved in the electoral process: campaign finance, gerrymandering, the two-party system, and more. NYU Law professors Samuel Issacharoff and Richard Pildes have developed a distinct field of law, the law of democracy, to create a unified theory of election law and ensure fair access to the political process. more
Born in 1960s idealism, the Clinical and Advocacy Programs have evolved into premier programs unparalleled among leading law schools. Graduating thousands of skilled lawyers, the clinics infuse the Law School with a respect for and dedication to serving the public. more