Cybersecurity Service Scholarship

NYU School of Law offers a three-year, full-tuition scholarship for students entering the vital field of cybersecurity.



Why CSS?

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. See more information about ASPIRE scholarships at other NYU schools (for those not seeking admission to the Law School).
CSS, the NYU Law school  version of  the ASPIRE (A Scholarship for Service Partnership for Interdisciplinary Research and Education)  scholarship funded by the Federal Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, the Cybersecurity Service Scholarship prepares recipients for the real world by giving them strong technical training and teaching them to approach problems with a security mindset that looks beyond just the technology. CSS winners will be ready for some of the most crucial challenges of our time. 

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Must be a citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States.
  • Must be admitted to NYU Law. 
  • Must work in a government cybersecurity internship during the summer between second and third years of law school. These positions will often require that students be able to obtain a security clearance.
  • Must, upon graduation, work for two years in a cybersecurity-related field at a federal agency or at a state, local, tribal, or territorial government.
  • Meet selection criteria for federal employment, final job placement might require security clearances.

Application Instructions—NYU School of Law

Applicants for the Cybersecurity Service Scholarship, must complete their JD application by January 1 and must have a complete CAS report ready to be requested by NYU School of Law no later than January 1. They are required to submit, as an addendum to the JD application, a statement (no more than 500 words) that describes their interest in cybersecurity and in public service. At least two references who may be contacted during the interview process are required.
Law students may not take online courses towards the JD. Students selected for the program will also enroll in two technical cybersecurity 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

Students interested in pursuing a dual degree will need to consult with the CSS program leadership regarding curricular choices and the allocation of academic credit.
For additional information, please contact Randal Milch, Professor of Law from Practice and Co-Chair, NYU Center for Cybersecurity, at