ASPIRE Scholarship

ASPIRE Full-Tuition Cybersecurity Scholarship for NYU Law Students

The nation's cyber- and information-security challenges require a new generation of technologically savvy lawyers, who understand both the technological aspects of information security, and the privacy and civil liberties concerns that surround the field. NYU School of Law is joining a family of other NYU Schools (Tandon, Stern, Wagner, Steinhardt, and Courant) to offer students an opportunity to participate in the ASPIRE program (A Scholarship for Service Partnership for Interdisciplinary Research and Education). Funded by the National Science Foundation, the program aims to produce cybersecurity specialists who understand information-security issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. NYU School of Law will provide a full-tuition scholarship for students who are passionate about cyber and information security and dedicated to careers in state, local, or federal government. One student entering in Fall 2016 will be selected for this prestigious program, which will provide the following benefits:

  • A three-year full-tuition scholarship;
  • In their second and third years of law school, students will also receive a $25,000 stipend, and the ASPIRE program will cover certain additional expenses.
As an applicant for the ASPIRE Cybersecurity Scholarship, you must complete your JD application by January 1 and you must have a complete CAS report ready to be requested by our office no later than January 1. You are required to submit, as an addendum to the JD application, a statement (no more than 500 words) that describes your interest in cybersecurity and in public service. You are also required to submit at least two references that may be contacted during the interview process. 

Students selected for the program will be obligated to enroll in three technical cyber-security courses at NYU Tandon after their first year of law school and during their participation in ASPIRE, for which they will receive some credit towards their JD degree. Courses include:

  • Information Security and Privacy 
  • Network Security
  • Computer Networking
Law students may not take online courses towards the J.D. They will also participate in lectures, discussions, and other programming with ASPIRE students from other NYU schools.

Participating students are required to work at a state, local or federal government agency for two years after graduation, and to work in a government cybersecurity internship during the summer between their second and third years of Law School.  The ASPIRE program will provide career counseling and assistance to students in obtaining summer and full-time job placements.  These positions will often require, among other things, that students be able to obtain a security clearance.  Students interested in pursuing a dual degree will need to consult with the ASPIRE program leadership regarding curricular choices and the allocation of academic credit.  The ASPIRE program is restricted to US citizens. More information can be found here:

For additional information, please contact Zachary Goldman, Executive Director of the Center on Law and Security, at