President, Joseph Crea Dean and Professor of Law
Areas of Expertise
Privacy, Technology, and Communications Law
Internet Law and New Media
B.A., Princeton University
B.A./M.A., Oxford University
J.D., Yale Law School
Brooklyn Law School Dean Nicholas Allard was quoted in the Dec. 17, 2014, New York Times article, “A Steep Slide in Law School Enrollment Accelerates.” The article examined the drop in law school admissions, comparing enrollment statistics to those of four years ago when the U.S. was experiencing a historic recession.
On October 23, Erica Moeser, President of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, sent a memo to all law school deans across the country. The memo contained the information that there was a significant drop in the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) scores, and that the “…drop in scores that we saw this past July has been a matter of concern to us… While we always take quality control of MBE scoring very seriously, we redoubled our efforts to satisfy ourselves that no error occurred in scoring the examination or in equating the test with its predecessors… All point to the fact that the group that sat in July 2014 was less able than the group that sat in July 2013.” Dean Nicholas Allard sent a letter back to Moeser, chiding the NCBE president for referring to the July 2014 graduates as “less able” than their July 2013 counterparts.
"Under Loretta Lynch, the Office of United States Attorney for the Eastern District has been known for fulfilling the most important role of a prosecutor—"to do justice"—by fair and equitable treatment of the accused, while actively protecting the communities in its jurisdiction."
In a detailed Q&A with Lawdragon, Dean Nick Allard describes how Brooklyn Law School provides one of the most “student-centric,” personally tailored law school experiences in the nation.
This weekend, Dean Nick Allard traveled to Boston for the first public hearing of the Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education, held during the American Bar Association’s annual meeting.
In a new op-ed for Roll Call, Dean Nick Allard spells out why Brooklyn should host the 2016 Democratic convention – or any political convention, for that matter.
In a new op-ed for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dean Nick Allard describes the backdrop of legal education and why the Law School’s upcoming tuition reduction is so significant.
Dean Nick Allard appeared today on “Varney & Co.,” the top-rated program on the Fox Business Network, to discuss Brooklyn Law School’s upcoming 15 percent tuition cut.
Brooklyn Law School’s (BLS) Board of Trustees today announced a 15 percent across-the-board tuition reduction, beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year. The cost reduction program further enhances an evolving package of student-centric initiatives designed to address the national challenges of law school accessibility, affordability, and quality.
Today’s announcement follows last year’s decision by BLS to freeze 2014 tuitions at 2013 levels. It marks an aggressive effort to address law school affordability and signals a significant step toward greater accessibility and diversity in legal education, according to Nicholas W. Allard, Joseph Crea Dean and Professor of Law.
In a new Bloomberg Law op-ed, Dean Nick Allard highlights the need to strike a balance between preparing future lawyers to be critical thinkers and providing a legal education that delivers immediate value. The issue dovetails with President Obama’s recent endorsement of the 2-year J.D. concept.
Dean Nick Allard has published several articles this month, each of them framing recent technology-related headlines in a legal context. His writing has been featured in the New Jersey Law Journal, Thomson Reuters Westlaw, and Business Insider.
In a Business Insider op-ed, Dean Allard offered broader perspective on Jeff Bezos’ recent purchase of the Washington Post. Visionaries like Bezos create business and legal issues that never existed before, he wrote, opening up new frontiers for lawyers: “That’s what makes the legal profession a challenge and that’s what makes it fun.”
In an op-ed for the New Jersey Law Journal, Dean Nick Allard examined the balance between protecting citizens’ safety and preserving their privacy in the era of “big data.” With potentially far-reaching implications, recent rulings foreshadow what will be a growing legal emphasis on privacy rights, which Dean Allard called “the biggest civil rights issue of our time.”
The Northeast has joined strongholds like Texas in the demand for energy lawyers, wrote Dean Nick Allard in a new Breaking Energy op-ed – a need that will only surge in light of an "insatiable demand for energy and the lack of a coherent energy policy."
In an op-ed for Yahoo! Finance, Dean Nick Allard highlighted the need for highly skilled compliance and risk officers – and the growing desire among hiring managers for J.D. degrees. Compliance officers not only navigate regulations behind mergers and corporate deals, but can also help facilitate “unimaginable growth and change of an industry,” Dean Allard wrote.
In the Chambers USA 2013 law firm rankings, Dean Nick Allard was named as a key individual at Patton Boggs LLP, tied at number one for firms specializing in government relations. Clients described Dean Allard to Chambers as "thoughtful and intelligent - he always finds different ways of tackling our problems. He's very effective."
In a recent op-ed for Fast Company, Dean Nick Allard discusses the important relationship between tech startups and lawyers. Much of the success of a startup company hinges on the guidance and optimism of its legal team, he explains.
Dean Nick Allard recently spoke about President Obama’s restrictions on federal lobbyists serving in his administration. Dean Allard, previously the head of lobbying at Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C., said that the Obama administration must build confidence in the lobbying system. “It’s actually harmful to promote the canard that you can buy results in Washington and that our public officials are somehow duped by hypnotic influence peddlers,” he said.
Dean Nick Allard spoke to Politico about the increase of business for lobbying firms in the new year. Dean Allard, a former top lobbyist for Patton Boggs, advised firms to take advantage of new media. “Lobbying is harder today than ever before but more necessary than ever before, given the volume and complexity of issues,” he said. “Lobbying firms that don’t adapt to today’s communication preferences — email and social media in particular — put themselves at risk.”
In early December, Dean Nick Allard was named the Rhodes Scholar of the Week. Dean Allard earned a Rhodes Scholarship at oxford University, where he earned a Masters degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics.
Dean Nick Allard was featured on the front page of the New York Law Journal calling for higher employment rates for recent law school graduates. In addition to discussing his transition from law practice to academia, Dean Allard talked about his goals for Brooklyn Law School.
Dean Nick Allard recently spoke to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle about New York State’s new mandate for lawyers, who must now perform 50 hours of pro bono work to be licensed. Effective 2015, New York is the first state with such a requirement. Dean Allard supported the mandate.
Dean Nick Allard was featured on the Al Jazeera show Empire to discuss how the deregulation of campaign financing has affected the political process. As a former top lobbyist in Washington, D.C., he criticized the free-spending.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle recently profiled Brooklyn Law School’s new dean, Nick Allard. The article discussed how his background as an attorney and lobbyist in Washington, D.C. influences his vision for taking the Law School forward as a leading law school in the 21st century.