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).