Washington Square Park in the fall

Explore topics and build foundational knowledge about the U.S. legal system at NYU!

The New York University High School Law Institute (HSLI) is a student-run organization that serves talented and motivated high school students throughout New York City. HSLI is a free program that offers courses in constitutional law, criminal law, and speech and debate. Classes are conducted on Saturdays, from 10 AM - 1 PM throughout the academic year.

Courses are taught by teams of current NYU Law and undergraduate students who are trained and supported by NYU Law faculty. Students participate in discussion-based classes and complete assignments that are tailored to their interests. At HSLI, students are encouraged to think critically, advocate well, and work collaboratively; they are also taught to evaluate arguments based on analytical rigor and strength of evidence.

HSLI is a non-residential program conducted at NYU's Washington Square Park campus. Students must be able to commute to campus on Saturdays to participate in the program.

How to Apply

Eligible applicants will be students entering, or currently enrolled in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade who live within commutable distance to NYU's Washington Square Park campus in NYC's West Village.

The online application includes basic information about you and your academic interests and history. It also includes short-essay (200 words) responses to two questions.

Applications for Fall 2023 will open in the summer.

Program Dates
Weekly on Saturdays throughout the Fall and Spring semesters

Full Scholarship