The Big Picture
The First. The Biggest. The Best. Long considered the leader in training lawyers for public interest work, the Law School has pioneered programs that are now pro forma in the nation’s other top law schools. Today, NYU offers the most comprehensive public service infrastructure of any law school in the nation, including the Public Interest Law Center, a national model for the promotion of public service. Beginning with one-on-one sessions for 1Ls, PILC staff attorneys like Rachel Peckerman ’04 and Sara Rakita ’98 are active career counselors during a student’s time at school––and after.
The Law School's commitment to producing lawyers with a real service ethos extends beyond curriculum, training opportunities and career counseling. NYU has been at the forefront of creating and funding programs to address the difficult economic reality facing prospective public interest lawyers. Since 2003, through Public Interest Summer Funding Grants, the Law School has guaranteed funding for all first- and second-year J.D. candidates who work in public interest and government positions; almost 300 students participate in the program each summer. Through the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), NYU Law encourages students to pursue careers in public service. Graduates who choose work in public service or with nonprofit organizations following graduation will, provided their income is below a designated level, have their debt burden paid in full or part by NYU.
Public interest training is also supported by an array of public interest scholarship programs: the Root-Tilden-Kern Scholarship Program, the Filomen M. D’Agostino Scholarship Program, the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program, the Black, Latino, Asian Pacific American (BLAPA) Law Alumni Association Public Service Scholarship, the Reynolds Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship, and the Bickel & Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights Scholarship.Stories From Washington Square
Christopher Meade '96 and Jenny Yang '96 are confirmed for posts in the Obama administration
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx '96 is nominated as secretary of transportation
Supreme Court cites Immigrant Rights Clinic’s work in major opinion on immigration law
NYU Law wins Deans’ Cup fifth year in a row (VIDEO)
Family Defense Clinic helps win justice for young mother
Immigrant Rights Clinic wins federal court decision challenging mandatory immigration detention
In the Press
"State of Equality and Justice in America: The Presumption of Guilt"
Author: Bryan Stevenson
"Lawyer Criticizes Brooklyn Prosecutor Over TV Show"
New York Times
Expert: Stephen Gillers '68
"One Man Disperses Charity After Tragedy in Boston"
New York Times
Featured: Kenneth Feinberg '70
"Public Hearing in Albany Is Held Without the Public"
New York Times
Featured: Brennan Center for Justice
Learn more about Public Interest Law at NYU:
Public Interest Law Center
245 Sullivan Street, Room 430
New York, New York 10012-1301
Telephone: (212) 998-6686