NYU revamps third year curriculum

New York University Law School is the second top tier school to announce significant curricular changes in the past year.

The school is revamping the third-year of law school so that students can spend their final semester studying in Buenos Aires, Paris or Shanghai, working in Washington, D.C. or completing a one-year concentration in a specialized area like environmental, patent or tax law.

It said the purpose of the changes is to ensure that “NYU Law graduates are optimally equipped to compete in the twenty-first century legal marketplace.”

Stanford Law School completed changes to its third-year curriculum this past year, allowing students to pursue joint degrees.

At NYU, none of the programs will be mandatory, but the school is hopeful students will take advantage of the offerings.

NYU plans to send up to 75 students to NYU Law-designed and managed programs for its students to study in Buenos Aires, Paris, and Shanghai during their final semester of law school.

The Washington, D.C.-based Government Lawyering Clinic will allow students interested in developing specialized expertise in the U.S. legislative and regulatory process to spend a semester in Washington, dividing their time between fieldwork in a government agency and classroom study.

The Pathways program is a faculty-designed “professional pathways” that will guide students in a focused area of study and skill development in one of eight areas of law, the bulk of which they will pursue during their third year.

Finally, the Business and Financial Literacy and Leadership Training program offers a variety of programs during the course of the three-year J.D. program to increase business and financial literacy and training in leadership skills.

The changes are a result of a committee of alumni who formed in 2011.