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Founded 1891 | ABA Accredited 1954

New York Law School, one of the oldest independent law schools in the United States, was founded in 1891 by the faculty, students, and alumni of Columbia College Law School (NYLS website). NYLS is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and has been fully accredited by the American Bar Association and the New York State Board of Regents since 1954.

New York Law School’s location in the Tribeca neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, “in the midst of the country's largest concentration of government agencies, courts, law firms, banks, corporate headquarters, and securities exchanges, has made immersion in the legal life of a great city an essential part of New York Law School’s identity” (NYLS website). Approximately 1,500 students study at the law school, 51 percent female and 32 percent self- identified minority. The law school offers a full-time day program, and a part-time evening program. It houses eight academic centers that “provide specialized study and offer prime opportunity for exchange between students and expert practitioners” (NYLS website).


Charles Phillips, President of Oracle Corporation Zygmunt Wilf, head of Garden Commercial Properties, and principle owner of the Minnesota Vikings Judith Sheindlin (“Judge Judy”), New York family court judge, author, and television personality Hon. John Marshall Harlan II, United States Supreme Court Justice from 1955 to 1971. Richard LaMotta, inventor of the Chipwich ice cream sandwich, co-founder of Chipwich Inc.

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"I guess the cynic in me thinks that LSAC is not going to get behind a process that was originally devised as an alternative to the LSAT..." - William Perez - Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, NYLS

October 12, 2010 \ This is the 15th installment of our 224 part series, "Better Know A Dean." Today I have the pleasure of sitting down with William Perez, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at New York Law School. Dean Perez has more than three decades of experience in graduate admissions and financial aid. He joined NYLS in 2003 after serving as the Dean of Admissions and Financial Resource Management at Seton Hall University School of Law. Prior to that, he was the Director of Admissions at CUNY Law School and the Assistant Dean for Admissions at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami. He spent many years in undergraduate admissions before moving to law schools.

AD Dean Perez, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions that an applicant might have about admissions to, or life at, New York Law School.
WP It's my pleasure.
AD You've been involved in admissions for the better part of 30 years and law admissions for more than half that time and I know that you’ve been watching the development of AdmissionsDean since we launched in 2009.
WP You're correct on both points.
AD So, given your extensive experience, I feel compelled to ask you whether AdmissionsDean is a great way to learn about the law school admissions process, or the greatest way to learn about and research everything related to law school admissions?
WP Why I'd say it’s the greatest, of course!
AD Sweet fancy Moses! That makes me want to get up out of my chair and do a little dance like a fellow New Yorker you might remember.
WP [Laughing] Do whatever you like, but I'm serious. You should be pretty proud of what you’ve built so far with AdmissionsDean. It is a very informative site.

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