Overview

Get an inside look at the real practice of law — the courtroom, the law firm, the press room and the boardroom — while exploring what working as a legal professional really means.

This course will provide a broad introduction to the diverse legal world and its various practice areas while engaging with intellectual discourse on civil rights, free speech, and how citizens of a society engage with legal systems in place. Students will explore what motivates lawyers to practice law and consider firsthand whether a life in the law is a fit for them, while simultaneously engaging with the intellectual discourse on civil rights, free speech, and how citizens of a society engage with the legal systems in place.

The course will also examine the use of legal skills outside of the courtroom and the law firm. Students will delve into a range of non-lawyer careers and investigate how a legal background can be an asset in a variety of fields including business and journalism.

This course is intended for students looking to explore pathways into the field of law and to help them discover their passion for one of the many avenues available for working within this field.

Course Highlights

Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

• Students will get an introduction to what a career in the law really means. The course will explore the different applications and pathways for someone with a law degree and the advantages a legal background provides.

• Students will learn about the fundamentals of the U.S. legal system and explore its importance in their own lives. Topics will include civil rights, free speech, and an understanding of how we, as members of society, engage with the legal systems in place.

• As part of the course, students will participate in a robust discussion of the intellectual and ethical issues addressed by the legal system and faced by those in law-related careers.

• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: New York City law firm, a local appellate or district court, Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, American Civil Liberties Union and Google’s General Counsel’s Offices. Students will also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers include: David Hashmall (Chairman, Goodwin), Nathan Freed Wessler (Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project), Ekow N. Yankah (Professor of Law, Cardozo Law School), Mauricio Paez (Partner and Legal Counsel (cybersecurity expert), Jones Day Law Firm) and Paul Radvany (Clinical Professor of Law, Fordham Law School).

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.

Cost and Session Information

  • PRICE $5,225* ($5,825* for residential students)
  • DATES Term 2: June 21 - July 3; Term 3: July 5 - July 17
  • TYPE Intensive
  • LOCATION New York City

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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