Ryan Woods
Summer Legal Intern

Ryan Woods is a rising third-year JD Candidate at New York University School of Law. He has served in two student groups, as President for the Mental Health Law and Justice Association and Social Chair for the NYU Law Democrats. He is a Commentary Editor for the Journal of International Law and Politics. In the summer after his 1L year, he served as a research assistant for Professor William Nelson in the areas of constitutional theory and legal and political history. He also worked for Professor Adam Samaha gathering demographic data related to Establishment Clause cases and for Professor Stephen Holmes researching early American legal history. He has tailored his course work to include subjects beyond domestic law, including international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and European Union law. And he looks forward to using this knowledge to better analyze current human rights challenges across the globe.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is interested in applying these two disciplines to law and policy in his own future research, in addition to studying them in their own right. For example, he prepared a paper for Prof. Kwame Anthony Appiah’s course on the Politics of Identity at NYU in which he explored mental illness as a social identity and the importance of this to policy and social change. Prior to law school, he researched early child development, American Pragmatism, and the philosophy of religion, to name a few subjects. He hopes that the wide spread of his academic interests will be able to provide him with unique perspectives in each of the subjects in his future career.


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