In today’s 24-hour news environment, media is king. The successful attorney is often the one who can use the media to his client’s advantage; the successful legal journalist is often the one who can explain complicated legal issues to the public in a way that is interesting and clear. The Program in Law and Journalism (PLJ) curriculum is designed to meet the growing demand for both media savvy legal practitioners and adept legal journalists.
Students interested in a deeper understanding of the intersection of law and journalism or who desire to sharpen their writing skills (for print and/or online journalism outlets) are invited to take the courses below on an a la carte basis. Beyond the Program's specific classroom-based offerings, PLJ offers Project-based courses, offering students the opportunity to work on various projects, and write for our exciting new legal blog. Students will be credited as authors or researchers for these projects.
Students wishing to explore careers in legal journalism or media law may opt for the Program’s full academic menu and become PLJ Associates, graduating with a ‘concentration in law and journalism.’ Through our contacts, exciting externships are available to a number of our Associates. The Associates option is a new and growing component to the Program.
For more information about the Program in Law and Journalism’s Associates opportunity go to:
Associates MUST take
Legal Reporting I, II, III and IV and any 2 (two) courses listed below
Project based learning courses and Seminars:
Legal Reporting I, II, III, and IV
Explaining the Law to the Public
Legal Journalism and Selected Topics in Human Rights
Advocacy, Media and the Big Case
Constitutional Law: Free Speech
Dealing with the Press
Legal Landmines for Reporters
Legal Research: Advanced
Special Topics in Legal Research and Writing
For more information about the Program in Law and Journalism's Associates opportunity, contact Prof. Zierler directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
New York Law School's Program in Law and Journalism has placed some of its associates at news outlets including: