NYLS uses $5M gift to enhance clinics, practical training

New York Law School received a $5 million gift from Joe and Susan Plumeri through The Joe Plumeri Foundation, to support the school’s practical training programs.

The gift will establish The Joe Plumeri Center for Social Justice and Economic Opportunity. The Plumeri Center will be the home of the School's law firm where a diverse client base drawn from New York City will receive free legal services. The Plumeri Center houses NYLS’s more than 20 legal clinics, provides the space for extensive simulation training in both the first-year Legal Practice program and upper-level courses, and includes a moot court room with an accompanying jury deliberation room.

With a direct entrance from the street, The Plumeri Center will enhance the visibility and accessibility of the School’s clinical services, allowing the faculty and students to serve a wider array of clients in need of legal counsel and representation. The Center aims to be the premier place in New York City where clients can turn to for a breadth of legal services ensuring fairness and equal opportunity.

The donation is among the largest in the School's history, and one of the largest donations ever to a law school to enhance clinical and experiential learning.

“Their generous and visionary gift will allow NYLS to fully realize the experiential learning model of a modern legal education, ensuring students have the practical training and knowledge to effectively represent a wide range of client needs,” said NYLS Dean and President Anthony W. Crowell. “Joe is someone who firmly believes that you learn best by doing. His recent advice to our students at Commencement was to ‘Go play in traffic and find out what is possible,’ and his donation will ensure that they have cutting-edge experiential learning and are ready for today’s legal job market.”

Plumeri is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Senior Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of First Data, a leading technology company that sits at the center of global electronic commerce. He is also a Senior Advisor to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, a leading global private equity firm.

During the past three years, NYLS has dramatically expanded its practical training programs to ensure students have numerous options to gain hands-on experience in the area of their choice, by giving them the chance to work directly on transactions, litigation, or advocacy campaigns. The range of the clinical courses and their relevance to the New York legal, business, and hi-tech communities enrich the School’s unique experiential learning programs.