Clinics

One-Semester Clinics

To apply for all clinics, please use the Clinic Application and Matching System (CAMS). For specific questions regarding individual clinics, please contact the professors.  Their information may be found on the Contact Us page.

New York University School of Law offers the following semester-long clinics. Please select from the links at the left to learn more about each clinic.

Bankruptcy Appellate Clinic

The focus of the Bankruptcy Appellate Clinic is on the provision of appellate legal services to indigent bankrupt individuals.  Insolvent individuals file over a million bankruptcy cases each year, generating hundreds of federal appeals. Many of these appeals involve issues of vital importance to the administration of bankruptcy cases and the availability of bankruptcy relief to overburdened consumers. As an indication of the significance of these matters, over the past twenty years the U.S. Supreme Court has routinely granted certiorari to review at least one bankruptcy appeal per term, most often a consumer case. In most (if not all) of these appellate cases, the debtors involved are unable to afford appellate counsel. On the other hand, governmental and creditor interests are typically well represented. A case in point is Bullock v. BankChampaign, N.A., no. 11-1518 (2013), a recent matter in the U.S. Supreme Court. Bullock involved an important issue concerning the scope of the debtor’s bankruptcy discharge. (Offered Fall 2014)

Brennan Center Public Policy Advocacy Clinic

This clinic studies public policy advocacy in the context of the Brennan Center's work. Strategies and skills the clinic focuses on include: conducting policy analysis and research; engaging in coalition building and organizing; collecting and analyzing opinion data; drafting and negotiating laws and rules; conducting lobbying; developing public education plans and using media effectively; fundraising; and running a nonprofit organization. All students will do fieldwork at the Brennan Center, in one of the Center's main program areas: Democracy (campaign finance reform, elections and voting rights, fair courts, and responsive government) and Justice (access to justice, economic justice, criminal justice, and liberty and national security). (Offered Fall 2014 and Spring 2015)

Business Law Transactions Clinic

Students participating in the Business Law Transactions Clinic provide legal services on transactional and governance matters relating to the business needs of the clinic’s clients. The clinic provides legal services to non-profit organizations, as well as to small businesses, entrepreneurs and social enterprises that may not have access to the traditional legal market and that operate in areas of concern to the public. The students’ work will include planning transactions and drafting contracts, memoranda of understanding, leases, promissory notes, employment agreements and other operating agreements; advising executives and boards on governance and disclosure practices; reviewing and preparing bylaws, conflict-of-interest, investment, social media and other board policies and materials, and employee manuals, committee charters; and developing analytical, planning, editorial and counseling skills in the context of client projects and reality-grounded class work; planning transactions; drafting contracts and other operating agreements; and preparing work plan and other project documents. We have a weekly two-hour seminar, which will focus on the business lawyer’s multiple roles in supporting the clinic’s field work.  We also meet regularly throughout the semester on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM and additional times during the week as the client work requires. Taught by adjunct professors Stephanie Abramson and Sean Delany. (Offered Fall 2014 and Spring 2015)

Children's Rights Clinic

This course will examine the legal and ethical issues, and the unique skills involved, in representing adolescent clients. The seminar focuses in particular on child welfare proceedings. Students will do their fieldwork in one of 3 different organizations that specialize in representing youth in civil matters of various sorts: Advocates for Children, The Door, and The Juvenile Rights Practice of the Legal Aid Society. Taught by adjunct professor Jacqueline Deane. (Offered Fall 2014 and Spring 2015)

Civil Litigation - Employment Law Clinic, Semester-Long

In this clinic, taught by Professor Laura Sager, students represent plaintiffs in claims of employment discrimination and failure to pay minimum way or overtime.  The cases are brought in federal and state courts and agencies.   Students meet with clients, draft pleadings, discovery requests and motions, take depositions, and appear in court for hearings or trials. They also participate in seminar discussions of substantive and procedural issues related to the clinic's cases, and in simulation exercises to develop written and oral litigation skills. (Offered Fall 2014 and Spring 2015)

Community Development and Economic Justice Clinic

The focus of this clinic is the provision of legal services to grass-roots, community organizing groups that engage in a variety of community development, economic justice and social justice efforts. Students will perform fieldwork with attorneys from the Community Development Project (CDP) of the Urban Justice Center, and provide legal services to CDP's clients throughout New York City. Specific casework involves workers' rights litigation, housing code enforcement, and consumer debt defense. Students also assist on transactional matters in areas such as community benefits agreements, tax exemption, bylaws, and incorporation. Taught by adjunct professors Edward De Barbieri and Nasoan C. Sheftel-Gomes. (Offered Spring 2015)

Comparative Criminal Justice Clinic: Focus on Domestic Violence

This clinic offers students the opportunity (1) to compare and contrast different nations’ uses of criminal prosecution to combat domestic violence, (2) to develop a critical analysis of the advantages and limitations of various criminal justice strategies, and (3) to work directly with clients in New York City, both complainants and defendants, who are involved in ongoing criminal cases. Taught by Professors Holly Maguigan and Shamita Das Dasgupta. (Not offered 2014-15)

Constitutional Transitions Clinic and Colloquium: The Middle East Revolutions (for LL.M.s)

The Constitutional Transitions Clinic and Colloquium: The Middle East Revolutions is a joint project of Constitutional Transitions and the Cairo office of International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide, with 27 member states. IDEA’s mission is to support sustainable democratic change by providing comparative knowledge, and assisting in democratic reform, and influencing policies and politics. Taught by Professor Sujit Choudhry. (Not offered 2014-15)

Criminal Appellate Defender Clinic

Students in the clinic, which is operated in conjunction with the Office of the Appellate Defender, represent criminal defendants in appeals of their felony convictions in the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department. There may also be opportunities for students to challenge convictions by means of a motion to vacate the conviction in New York County and Bronx County Supreme Courts. Taught by adjunct professors Eunice Lee and Rosemary Herbert. (Offered Spring 2015)

Environmental Law Clinic

Students work out of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a national, non-profit legal and scientific organization, assisting attorneys in bringing public interest environmental litigation. The students also join in a weekly seminar at which current environmental policy issues, environmental litigation and legal advocacy strategies are discussed. Taught by adjunct professors Eric A. Goldstein and Nancy S. Marks. (Offered Fall 2014 and Spring 2015)

Equal Justice and Defender Clinic

This clinic, taught by Professors Bryan Stevenson and Randy Susskind, provides an opportunity to work on racial justice issues or to provide direct assistance to condemned prisoners on death row or children sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. Clinic students doing racial justice work will study the history of racial inequality in the United States and work on projects that engage communities directly impacted by slavery, lynching, racial terror, convict leasing and Jim Crow laws. Projects will be focused on communities in the South that have experienced extreme  racial violence and terror with a goal of helping communities confront these histories in a meaningful way. Students working on litigation against extreme punishments will be involved in direct assistance to death row prisoners in Alabama or children serving sentences of life imprisonment without parole. The clinic will involve periodic travel for all students to Deep South communities for investigative work, interviewing and local research. (Offered Fall 2014)

Global Justice Clinic

The Global Justice Clinic explores how human rights law can be brought to bear on situations of global injustice. Working on cases and projects that involve cross-border human rights violations, the deleterious impacts of extraterritorial activities by state and non-state actors, and emerging problems that require close collaboration between actors at the local and international levels, students engage in human rights advocacy in domestic and international settings. Fieldwork consists of projects undertaken for or in collaboration with individual clients, human rights organizations in the United States and abroad, and intergovernmental human rights experts and bodies (including the United Nations). Fieldwork focuses on issues related to global injustice such as: economic and social rights; human rights, national security, and counter-terrorism; transnational corporate accountability; weapons development; and the human rights of marginalized groups. These projects give students an opportunity to assist in formulating policy, research, and legal responses to cross-border human rights problems. Taught by Professor Meg Satterthwaite. (Offered Fall 2014 and Spring 2015)

Government Civil Litigation Externship - Eastern District of New York (formerly called Government Civil Litigation Clinic - Eastern District of New York)

Because of a policy change at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the clinical program probably will not be able to offer this clinic in the same form in which it was offered in prior years. The Law School is currently working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to develop a new programmatic structure that satisfies the Office’s new rule. It appears very likely that the Law School will be able to offer fieldwork placements for credit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office next year, which would be accompanied by a seminar taught by an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA). The resulting structure will probably be roughly equivalent to the fieldwork and seminar components of the clinics we offered at these offices in the past.

Government Civil Litigation Externship - Southern District of New York (formerly called Government Civil Litigation Clinic - Eastern District of New York)

Because of a policy change at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the clinical program probably will not be able to offer this clinic in the same form in which it was offered in prior years. The Law School is currently working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to develop a new programmatic structure that satisfies the Office’s new rule. It appears very likely that the Law School will be able to offer fieldwork placements for credit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office next year, which would be accompanied by a seminar taught by an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA). The resulting structure will probably be roughly equivalent to the fieldwork and seminar components of the clinics we offered at these offices in the past.

Immigrant Defense Clinic

Students will work at the Legal Aid Society's Immigration Law Unit, which specializes in the intersection between criminal and immigration law. The Unit staff handles a wide range of cases in which detained and non-detained non-citizens contest removal/deportation from the United States because of criminal convictions or immigration violations, and apply for various forms of relief including cancellation of removal and asylum. Taught by adjunct professors Yvonne Floyd-Mayers and Jojo H. Annobil. (Offered Spring 2015)

International Environmental Law Clinic

Students research and draft laws and regulations, legal and policy positions, and analysis on international and comparative environmental law issues. Clients include public interest environmental groups in the US and abroad, UN and other international organizations, and developing country governments. Taught by Professors Richard Stewart and Bryce Rudyk. (Offered Fall 2014)

International Organizations Clinic

The challenges of global governance are increasingly addressed by regulatory regimes established or overseen by international organizations. These organizations vary significantly in their size, focus, approach, and the powers they exercise. The academic dimension of this clinic aims to introduce students to a range of legal, political and regulatory theories that help us to understand the role and functioning of these organizations and to appreciate the relevance of inter-disciplinary perspectives to law in global settings. Core lawyering skills (legal research, the ability to integrate factual and legal knowledge, analytical and reasoning skills, and the exercise of judgment) matter a great deal in the practice of international law. The practical dimension of the clinic will give students an opportunity to work firsthand on, and in, these organizations, many of which are based in New York City. Taught by Professors Gráinne de Búrca and Angelina Fisher. (Offered Fall 2014)

The Legal Ethics Bureau at NYU Law School

Student projects will include:  (a) ethics counseling to NYU’s own clinics and projects, to national and state public interest organizations, and to private lawyers handling public interest cases in which lawyer regulatory issues arise; (b) preparing research memos that will provide assistance to lawyers who are litigating claims of (e.g.) ineffective assistance of counsel in capital cases, prosecutorial or defense lawyer conflicts, and like issues; (c) assisting bar committees on ethics opinions, on proposed changes to the rules governing lawyers and judges, and on rule of law issues related to the professional responsibility of lawyers and judges worldwide; and, (d) preparing amicus briefs to appellate courts when significant legal ethics issues arise in selected cases, especially in the Supreme Court. Students will work with public interest lawyers in non-profit organizations and in law firms, and with members of professional and judicial ethics committees.  Emphasis will be on practical skills including fact-gathering, counseling, and preparing effective oral and written presentations. Taught by adjunct professor Barbara Gillers. (Offered Spring 2015)

Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic

This is a new 14-credit clinic for 3Ls, who will spend the fall semester in Washington DC.  Students will work four days a week in a federal agency or Congressional office, with classroom instruction on the fifth day. Placements within federal agencies will generally be in the General Counsel’s Office of regulatory agencies or related positions (e.g., the Office of the Administrator of EPA or OIRA); congressional placements will generally be in leadership offices, with committee staffs or non-partisan congressional agencies. The course work will focus on how the political institutions in Washington (Congress and the Executive Branch) interact, and the roles and obligations of lawyers in influencing that process. The clinic will provide practical experience with how lawyers support the development and implementation of public policy by assisting in defining the available options and identifying and resolving issues before they become the subject of legal contention or litigation. It will emphasize what lawyers do and what they need to know in the policy arena in order to provide effective legal counsel. The clinic will provide an understanding of government decision-making that will be important for those students intending to seek positions in the government and it will offer those heading to the private sector greater insight into the workings of government that often significantly affect their clients. Taught by Sally Katzen and Robert Bauer. (Offered Fall 2014)

LGBT Rights Clinic

Students will work at fieldwork placements in NY-based non-profit organizations which represent LGBTQ individuals. The fieldwork placements may be changing in the coming year as we are in the process of appointing a new adjunct professor to oversee the clinic.  The clinic leadership may explore adding impact litigation work to the roster, such as marriage equality litigation.  In past years, the non-profits hosting students were: Immigration Equality; the LGBT Project at the New York Legal Assistance Group; The Sylvia Rivera Law Project; the Peter Cicchino Youth Project, and the Anti-Violence Project. Substantive case work may involve: sexual orientation or gender identity-based asylum claims; discrimination claims; transgender documentation issues (such as correcting gender on a birth certificate); housing cases; or orders of protection. Additionally, all students will participate in at least one legal clinic held at the LGBT Community Center by The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Law Association of Greater New York (LeGaL) of New York. A seminar focusing on the unique legal issues faced by LGBT individuals completes the students’ work. Taught by adjunct professor Michael Kavey. (Semester TBD)

Litigation, Organizing and Systemic Change Clinic 

How can institutions be inspired to respond to the needs of diverse communities and how do members of communities make their voices effectively heard? Clearly neither elections nor the free market make this happen in the absence of organized communities deploying a range of tactics and strategies. Social change lawyers need a flexible and deep base of knowledge and skills to support their clients. Students in this clinic will work with Make the Road New York – an ever-growing membership organization of over 16,000 low-income New Yorkers whose mission is to build the power of working class and Latino communities to achieve dignity and justice; and its national partner, The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), which builds organizing power and works to transform the local and state policy landscape through deep, long-term partnerships with leading community-based organizing groups nationwide. Through fieldwork with the two sister organizations, and coursework delving into civil litigation, policy negotiation and organizing, students will learn to envision and implement multidimensional social change strategies involving grassroots organizing, public policy advocacy and strategic litigation. The Fall clinic seminar is entitled LOSC Clinic Seminar: Major Concepts Applied and the co-requisite course is Civil Litigation, a simulation trial course. Co-taught by Professor Sarah E. Burns and adjunct professors Deborah Axt and Andrew Friedman. (Offered Fall 2014)

Mediation Clinic

First instituted in Fall 2004, the Mediation Clinic is designed to train students in the practice of mediation while also orienting students to major issues in the intersection between law and informal dispute resolution. After students participate in an intensive mediation training, they co-mediate in various venues including New York and New Jersey Small Claims courts, employment disputes referred by City agencies and NYU residence-related disputes. Third year students will have the opportunity to co-mediate foreclosure cases administered by the State of New Jersey Office of Dispute Settlement. Students will also be able to observe the mediation of complex state and federal court cases. Students will learn the application of mediation in diverse contexts and to contrast facilitative mediation with evaluative mediation often used to resolve complex commercial disputes. Taught by adjunct professors Ray Kramer and Eric R. Max. (Offered Fall 2014)

Mediation Clinic - Advanced: Dispute System Design

The advanced course is designed primarily to train students in dispute system design and provide experience working with a variety of organizations using mediation or other dispute system services in the New York and New Jersey. Building on core mediator principles and skills developed in the fall Mediation Clinic Seminar, students move from focusing on conflict at an individual dispute level, to examining conflict and varied responses to it at an organizational or institutional level. Fieldwork involves assisting client organizations in assessing, improving, evaluating or implementing mediation or dispute systems services, as well as continuing to mediate in a variety of venues. The Clinic is only open to students who have completed the Fall Mediation Clinic Seminar course in 2013 or 2014, or who have completed the Mediation simulation course, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Negotiation or had similar experiential training approved by the faculty. Taught by adjunct professors Ray Kramer and Daniel M. Weitz. (Offered Spring 2015)

Medical-Legal Advocacy Clinic

This Clinic employs a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to provide legal advocacy in a medical setting for clients referred by medical professionals. The clinic’s fieldwork is in collaboration with  will be based at LegalHealth, a project that partners with medical professionals to offer legal clinics in medical facilities that provide free legal services for low-income people with serious health issues and to train health provide free legal services in medical facilities for low-income people with serious health issues and trains health care professionals on the legal issues affecting their patients. The fieldwork has a three-fold approach: direct client representation; education; and identifying and exploring a systemic health care issue. The direct representation part of the fieldwork will be working with LegalHealth in their legal clinics at the hospital site. Taught by Professor Paula Galowitz and adjunct professor Debra J. Wolf, an attorney with LegalHealth. (Not offered 2014-15)

New York Civil Liberties Clinic 

Students in the New York Civil Liberties Clinic spend a semester handling litigation with the New York Civil Liberties Union, including cases involving racial and economic justice, free speech, religious freedom, immigrants’ rights, women’s rights, and the rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people. The cases are all on the docket of adjunct professor Corey Stoughton at the NCYLU who, together with Professor Claudia Angelos of the full-time NYU faculty, supervises all the students’ work. Clinic students are responsible for their cases and clients and for the tasks that the litigation calls for, including making intake decisions, handling clients, case planning and strategy, taking depositions, drafting pleadings, and preparing and arguing motions. The clinic has dedicated workspace at the NYCLU and the students’ work is an important component of the NYCLU’s legal program. A seminar completes the students’ work in the clinic by taking a simulated civil rights case from initial client interview through settlement. (Offered Fall 2014 and Spring 2015)

Prosecution Externship - Eastern District of New York (formerly called Prosecution Clinic - Eastern District of New York)

Because of a policy change at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the clinical program probably will not be able to offer this clinic in the same form in which it was offered in prior years. The Law School is currently working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to develop a new programmatic structure that satisfies the Office’s new rule. It appears very likely that the Law School will be able to offer fieldwork placements for credit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office next year, which would be accompanied by a seminar taught by an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA). The resulting structure will probably be roughly equivalent to the fieldwork and seminar components of the clinics we offered at these offices in the past.

Prosecution Externship - Southern District of New York (formerly called Prosecution Clinic - Eastern District of New York)

Because of a policy change at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the clinical program probably will not be able to offer this clinic in the same form in which it was offered in prior years. The Law School is currently working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to develop a new programmatic structure that satisfies the Office’s new rule. It appears very likely that the Law School will be able to offer fieldwork placements for credit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office next year, which would be accompanied by a seminar taught by an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA). The resulting structure will probably be roughly equivalent to the fieldwork and seminar components of the clinics we offered at these offices in the past.

Racial Justice Clinic

Students in the Racial Justice Clinic spend a semester working under the supervision of Professor Claudia Angelos and adjunct professor Dale Ho on cases brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which handles a broad range of racial justice issues nationwide. The work involves advocacy on issues that affect communities of color, including criminal justice, immigrants’ rights, education, school to prison pipeline, affirmative action, juvenile justice, poverty rights, voting rights, indigent defense, and national security/post-9/11 discrimination. Each clinic student participates fully in the team that is handling one of these cases and may engage in work ranging from initial investigation of a problem through the drafting of pleadings, participation in discovery, hearing preparation and negotiation. The clinic seminar includes a simulation program in pretrial skills and holds discussions of the issues raised by impact civil rights work and racial justice advocacy. (Offered Fall 2014)

Regulatory Policy Clinic

The Regulatory Policy Clinic gives students the opportunity to participate in regulatory proceedings before federal administrative agencies. Working with non-governmental organizations that focus on improving environmental, public health, and consumer protections, students will prepare petitions, draft public comments for informal rulemakings under the Administrative Procedure Act, and participate in administrative law litigation. Taught by Professors Richard Revesz and Jason Schwartz. (Offered Fall 2014 and Spring 2015)

Reproductive Justice Clinic

The purpose of this clinic is to train students in the legal knowledge and skill required to secure fundamental liberty, justice and equality for each person regardless of her gender, sexuality, reproductive or family circumstance. Taught by Professor Sarah E. Burns. (Offered Fall 2014)

Advanced Reproductive Justice Clinic

The purpose of this clinic is to enable students already foundationally trained to do further and more sophisticated work to secure fundamental liberty, justice and equality for each person regardless of her gender, sexuality, reproductive or family circumstance. Taught by Professor Sarah E. Burns. (Offered Spring 2015)

Tax Clinic

Students in this clinic will work in conjunction with tax lawyers at leading law firms to represent low-income taxpayers in cases before the U.S. Tax Court and in various administrative proceedings before the Internal Revenue Service. The fieldwork will be supplemented with weekly classroom discussions of the students' cases and address the procedural and strategic aspects of federal income tax controversy and litigation practice. Taught by adjunct professor Mark Allison. (Not offered 2014-15)

Technology Law and Policy Clinic

The Technology Law and Policy Clinic focuses on the representation of individuals, nonprofits, and consumer groups who are engaged with these questions from a public interest point-of-view, including addressing free speech, privacy, public domain, and fair use issues. It involves a mixture of fieldwork and seminar discussion ranging from technology law and policy to the ethical challenges of representing public interest organizations. Taught by Professor Jason Schultz and Adjunct Professor Catherine Crump. (Offered Fall 2014)

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