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New York University Joins Consortium of Innovative Law Schools

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Last fall, New York University School of Law made news for reorganizing its third-year offerings to better meet the needs of today's law students.

N.Y.U. Law's changes are built around several themes, including a focus on foreign study and specialized concentrations. Some students could spend their final semester studying in Shanghai or Buenos Aires. Others might work at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, or the Federal Trade Commission. Another group, perhaps, will complete a rigorous one-year concentration in patent law, or focused course work in tax.

Today, we welcome NYU to the Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Consortium of law schools demonstrating significant institutional commitment to legal education reform along the lines proposed in the 2007 Carnegie Report, Educating Lawyers.

NYU's commitment to innovation isn't new. As its description on our website notes:

The Carnegie Report, which described NYU's model in detail as a model of "integrating theory and practice," said that NYU's multi-tiered program of experiential education "exemplif[ies]… ongoing efforts to bring the three aspects of legal apprenticeship [cognitive, practical, and ethical] into active relation" by linking "doctrinal, lawyering, and clinical courses… in a variety of intentional ways."

Do you know of a law school that is changing the way lawyers are educated for the better? Learn more about our Consortium here.