Note: All NYLAG law school and law graduate volunteer opportunities will count toward the 50-hour pro bono requirement for admission to the New York State Bar.

SEMESTER INTERNSHIPS

NYLAG hosts law student interns for semester-long internships during the fall and spring. Each position requires a part-time commitment (at least 2 days per week, 12-14 hours). Applicants should have excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, and a strong commitment to public interest law.  To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Applicants may be considered for more than one position, but should indicate in a cover letter which positions are of interest and describe relevant experience. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

NYLAG Interns 1Summer Internships: To enhance the level of services available in New York, and to help train the next generation of public interest lawyers, NYLAG recruits a class of law student summer interns for various practice areas. Each position requires a full-time commitment of 10 weeks (usually commencing the Tuesday after Memorial Day and ending early August) and is unpaid. In addition to handling substantive work at NYLAG, interns will have the opportunity to participate in comprehensive training that covers the breadth of civil legal services practice in New York City, as well as a series of brown bag lunches on fellowships, clerkships and other topics of interest, and social events in and around NYLAG’s office in lower Manhattan. To read more or apply, click here.

Recruitment Schedule: Fall””June 1 through August 31; Spring””September 1 through January 1; Summer””December 1 through March 31

PRO BONO OPPORTUNITIES

Law students and law graduates may also participate in our One-Day Clinic Opportunities. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work under the supervision of NYLAG staff attorneys on a variety of projects. To receive the monthly one-day legal clinic schedule, fill out our online Get Involved form and indicate that you would like to be added to the mailing list or simply sign up for NYLAG’s pro bono mailing list directly (in the sidebar of this page).

LAW SCHOOL CLINICS AND EXTERNSHIPS

Economic Justice Clinic

The Economic Justice Clinic is a two-semester clinical program available to second and third year law students at St. John’s University School of Law and Brooklyn Law School. Through this partnership between NYLAG and the two law schools, students learn the basics of economic justice and the law, including how to address the needs of low income, disabled, and homeless New Yorkers attempting to navigate the social safety net.

Domestic Violence Clinical Center (DVCC)

NYLAG’s Domestic Violence Clinical Center (DVCC) was started in 1998 with a firm belief that the law is an invaluable tool for combating domestic abuse, and for helping to alleviate the physical and emotional burdens faced by victims and their families. The DVCC is a one-year clinic operating on two cycles: from the Summer through the Fall and the Fall through the Spring. Evidence is a pre- or co-requisite. Students from any area law school may apply.

Volunteer Lawyer for a Day

The New York State Access to Justice Program and NYLAG launched the Consumer Debt Volunteer Lawyer for the Day for unrepresented litigants in the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island. Student interns have the opportunity to represent clients in Court, negotiate with opposing counsel, and present arguments before a judge. The program offers hands-on experience in lawyering and is supervised by an onsite coordinating attorney with expertise in consumer credit law.

PRO BONO SCHOLARS AND PIPS FELLOWS

NYLAG hosts 3L law students participating in the Pro Bono Scholars program and the PipS Fellows from Brooklyn Law School.

POST-GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS

NYLAG sponsors third-year law students, judicial law clerks, and recent law graduates for public interest law fellowships, such as the Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Kirkland & Ellis, and Open Society Institute fellowships. These positions for 2Ls and 3Ls commence in the Fall.