Clinics

Year-Long 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.

NYU School of Law offers the following year-long clinics. Each of these clinics is 14 credits and therefore accounts for roughly half of a student's course load for the academic year. (An exception is the Civil Rights Clinic, which carries 12 credits.) Please select from the links at the left to learn more about each clinic.

Civil Litigation - Employment Law Clinic

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. resent plaintiffs in state and federal court on claims of race, sex, national origin and disability discrimination. 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.

Civil Rights Clinic

Over a full, intensive year, students in the Civil Rights Clinic handle litigation involving police accountability, often concerning racial profiling, but also the First Amendment and due process in criminal justice system. The clinic and cases are supervised by Chris Dunn and Alexis Karteron of the New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union. Students handle their cases out of the NYCLU’s office, where they act as members of the NYCLU legal department staff. The clinic also develops the students’ litigation skills through a seminar that uses the students’ own cases as the basis for their study of litigation and other strategies for change.

Criminal Defense and Reentry Clinic

This clinic, taught by Professors Anthony Thompson and Kim Taylor-Thompson, explores the responsibilities and challenges involved in providing holistic, community-based public defense and reentry services to individuals in the criminal justice system. The course focuses on individual representation and helps students understand the dynamics of client-centered advocacy from arrest through a client’s reintegration into his/her community. In addition, the course explores the various forms of advocacy available to community-oriented defenders, such as media advocacy, community advocacy and legislative advocacy. Students will be assigned to work in either the Brooklyn Defender Services or The Legal Aid Society in the Bronx where they will engage in activities related to the representation of individuals charged in the criminal justice system. Students will also work closely with defenders and community activists developing and facilitating their collaborative efforts to address and reform criminal justice policies that affect individuals caught up in the justice system.

Family Defense Clinic

The child welfare system disproportionately targets minority and poor families for government intervention in family life, too often taking children into foster care rather than providing the social services to which they are entitled. The Family Defense Clinic defends the fundamental constitutional right to parent and works to prevent the unnecessary break-up of indigent families and ensure due process and equal treatment by government authorities. Students in the clinic represent parents in Family Court, directly handling all aspects of litigation in child abuse, neglect, and termination of parental rights proceedings. Fieldwork includes extensive client contact, interviewing, counseling, investigation, legal research, motion practice, discovery, out-of-court advocacy, and preparing for and conducting trials and other contested court hearings. The clinic also provides opportunities to work on policy projects designed to reform the foster care and Family Court systems. The clinic includes both law and graduate social work students and emphasizes the importance of approaching child welfare from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Federal Defender Clinic

In this clinic, students represent indigent misdemeanor defendants in Federal Magistrate Court in the Eastern District of New York in all stages of the litigation, from arraignment to hearings, pleas, and trials. Additional fieldwork includes assisting attorneys at the Federal Defenders of New York in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York in their representation of indigent felony defendants.

Immigrant Rights Clinic

This clinic advances the rights of immigrants through direct representation of immigrants and community-based organizations in agency and federal court litigation, legislative advocacy, and community organizing support.

International Human Rights Clinic

The International Human Rights Clinic provides students with an opportunity to explore multifaceted approaches to human rights advocacy in both domestic and international settings. Students focus on a wide range of issues at the heart of struggles to ensure fundamental rights, substantive equality, and economic and social justice. In the fieldwork component of the Clinic, students use cutting-edge tools to investigate and document rights abuses and formulate legal, policy, and community-based responses to current human rights problems. Students work closely with grassroots human rights organizations, international NGOs, and U.N. human rights experts and bodies. In the seminar component of the Clinic, students develop practical tools for human rights advocacy, such as: documenting and publicizing human rights violations; bringing claims before domestic, regional, and international human rights mechanisms; and managing trauma in human rights work. Students also address questions of ethical, political and professional accountability and are encouraged to reflect critically on the difficult questions of what it means to practice human rights in domestic and transnational contexts. Taught by Professor Smita Narula. (Not offered 2014-15)

Juvenile Defender Clinic

This clinic represents young persons accused of felony offenses in juvenile delinquency proceedings in the New York Family Court. The clinic is designed to allow students to experience all stages of the juvenile/criminal process. Students work on all aspects of the process, including arraignment, investigation, drafting of motions, motions arguments, negotiation, client counseling, suppression hearings, trial, and sentencing (which, in Family Court, may take the form of a contested evidentiary hearing).