At NYU Law, students are encouraged to take advantage of all the Law School has to offer, from working directly with faculty on their research, to getting involved with our centers, to participating in clinics and student organizations. Here are some opportunities for those specifically interested in litigation and procedure:
The Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program, the oldest and most respected program of its kind in the United States, awards fellowships to a small group of third-year students committed to civil liberties. Fellows work in special internships, usually two during the academic year, for civil liberties and other human rights organizations on litigation, policy recommendations, and other law-related assignments. They also attend a seminar and have opportunities to meet with distinguished practitioners and former fellows.
NYU Law’s Judicial Clerkship Office works with students to help them secure summer and post-graduate clerkships with judges throughout the country and abroad. Clerkships offer NYU Law graduates the opportunity to put theory into practice while learning directly from the judges they serve. NYU Law alumni have secured clerkships at all levels of the judiciary, including the Supreme Court of the United States. JD and LLM graduates have also accepted clerkships on the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
Our Office of Career Services and the Public Interest Law Center (PILC) supports NYU Law students pursuing law jobs in private firms, government offices, and not-for-profit organizations (for example, civil legal services and public defense). Thanks to PILC Summer Funding grants, students regularly spend summers in organizations such as the Center for Constitutional Rights; LatinoJustice PRLDEF; NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; New York Lawyers for the Public Interest; the US Department of Justice; and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Students also should be alert to special fellowship opportunities that may be available for 1L and 2L summer placements.
The Frank J. Guarini Institute for Government Leadership helps NYU Law students build successful careers in public service by providing scholarship opportunities, mentorship, and a leadership-focused curriculum. Guarini scholars participate in a semester-long one-credit leadership seminar curated by the institute; design an academic program tailored to their interests and receive individualized counseling and connections to faculty, alumni, and experts in their areas of interest; and receive financial support in the form of an award of $7,500.
The LLM in International Business, Regulation, Litigation, and Arbitration focuses on transnational civil litigation.