ASPIRE Scholarship

ASPIRE Full-Tuition Cybersecurity/Public Service Scholarship for NYU School of 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 legal, policy, and regulatory concerns that shape the field. NYU School of Law, along with a family of other NYU Schools (Tandon, Stern, Wagner, Steinhardt, and Courant), offers 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. Profiles of current scholars and alumni of the ASPIRE program can be viewed here.

The ASPIRE program 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 2017 will be selected for this prestigious program, which will provide the following benefits:

  • A three-year full-tuition scholarship;
  • A stipend for living expenses in their second and third years of law school; and
  • Certain additional expenses related to the program.

Applicant Information

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 NYU School of Law 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 who may be contacted during the interview process.

ASPIRE scholars at NYU Law participate in lectures, discussions, and other programming with ASPIRE students from other NYU schools. Law students may not take online courses towards the J.D. Students selected for the program will also enroll in three technical cyber-security courses at NYU Tandon School of Engineering after their first year of law school, for which they will receive some credit towards their JD degree. Courses include:

  • Information Security and Privacy
  • Network Security
  • Computer Networking

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. These positions will often require 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.

For additional information, please contact Zachary Goldman, Executive Director, Center on Law and Security and Co-Founder, Center for Cybersecurity, at

Meet our 2016-2017 ASPIRE scholars.