One-Semester Clinics and Externships

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

To apply, 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.

Please note: Admission to the clinics in Buenos Aires and Paris is administered by NYU Law Abroad. Please consult their web page for application instructions and details.

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; and litigating. All students will do fieldwork at the Brennan Center, in one of the Center's main program areas: Democracy (elections and voting rights, federal reform, election security, money in politics, fair courts, and redistricting), Justice (mass incarceration), and Liberty and National Security (civil liberties issues related to counterterrorism, police surveillance, and national security; content moderation issues related to free expression and disparate impact). (Offered Fall 2021 and Spring 2022)

Business Transactions Clinic

Students participating in the Business Transactions Clinic provide business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, and under-resourced entrepreneurs and small businesses that operate in areas of concern to the public. Our projects involve business planning and entity formation; commercial, corporate, financing, leasing and licensing transactions; compliance with laws and regulations relating to securities, charitable solicitation, and tax-exempt status; and relationships with employees, service providers, founders, investors, and affiliates. To complete these projects, students work in teams of two, with the close supervision and guidance of licensed attorneys, to interview client representatives regarding their businesses and legal needs; draft, review, and negotiate contracts and other legal documents; perform legal research and due diligence; counsel clients orally and in writing; and consult with local counsel in other jurisdictions and with subject-matter specialists. Through these representations, students develop valuable and widely transferable lawyering skills and substantive legal knowledge, while experiencing how business lawyers can serve the community by engaging in pro bono work. The clinic includes a weekly two-hour seminar. Certain sessions cover substantive law relevant to the clinic’s work, and others promote development of transactional lawyering skills that are essential both within the clinic and beyond. Students must attend every seminar. In addition, students attend weekly meetings with supervising attorneys to discuss client work and participate in separate calls and meetings with clients throughout the semester. Taught by Director and Adjunct Professor Naveen Thomas and Associate Director Jillian Schroeder-Fenlon. (Offered Fall 2021 and Spring 2022)

Civil Rights Clinic: Challenging Mass Incarceration

Students in the Civil Rights Clinic: Challenging Mass Incarceration engage in developing and handling cases designed to address the racial and human crisis of mass incarceration. They work with the clinic faculty and in collaboration with the ACLU to identify and implement litigation and other challenges to some of the main drivers of overincarceration, including prosecutorial misconduct and bail practices. In addition, in order that students have experience in direct client representation and, more importantly, because in New York parole denial is a major cause of overincarceration, they also have direct primary responsibility for their own clients in parole proceedings. Student work is supervised by Professor Molly Kovel, senior staff attorney at the ACLU, and Professor Claudia Angelos of the full-time NYU faculty, who have decades of experience in police, prison, and other criminal justice reform litigation. Clinic students participate in the full range of tasks that their work calls for, including making intake decisions, handling clients, case planning and strategy, drafting pleadings, discovery practice, and preparing and arguing motions. A seminar completes the students’ work in the clinic by taking a simulated civil rights case from initial client interview through settlement. It also provides opportunities to learn about, discuss and critique the history, causes, and theories of mass incarceration, including the insights of critical race theory, and the strategies available to combat it. (Not offered 2021-22)

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 Margaret Knight and Karena Rahall. (Offered Spring 2022)

Education Advocacy Clinic

Clinic students work on education cases with a focus on special education cases. In these cases, law students work closely with families from low-income backgrounds to help their public school students get supports and services to address their educational and behavioral needs. Clinic students may also work on education policy initiatives focused on the needs of students most at risk of academic failure. The Education Advocacy Clinic is open to 2Ls and 3Ls, as well as to 3Ls who are participating in the Pro Bono Scholars Program. Taught by Professors Randi Levine and Matthew Lenaghan. (Offered Spring 2022)

Education Sector Policy and Consulting Clinic

Propelled by inequities and dislocations associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States in the midst of a massive restructuring of public-sector service delivery. Nowhere are these changes more important and promising, yet challenging and controversial, than in the governance, management and democratic operation of the nation’s public schools. This full-semester, 14-credit Clinic brings together upper-level graduate students in law, business, education and policy from NYU, Columbia, Dartmouth, Fordham, Michigan, Penn, Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Vanderbilt and Yale to immerse themselves in emerging and competing strategies for PK-12 reform; structured, team-based, culturally sustaining problem-solving skills that effective public organizations use to address their most difficult challenges; and high-priority consulting projects on behalf of government and social-sector organizations committed to more equitable outcomes for children. The Clinic has three components—a seminar on the governance, regulation, management and democratic operation of public school systems; skills training in a constellation of twenty-first century problem solving competencies; and a high-priority, professionally guided consulting project, on which an interdisciplinary team of professional students provide legal, research, design, strategic planning, and/or counseling assistance to a client organization—typically, a state department of education, school district, charter management organization, social-services agency or other non-profit serving children. The course is taught by an accomplished team of professionals, including Columbia Law Professor Jim Liebman, CPRL Executive Director Dr. Elizabeth Chu, CPRL Senior Director of Research Strategy Dr. Kimberly Austin, and a series of guest speakers. (Offered Fall 2021 and Spring 2022)

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 and administrative proceedings, and in legislative drafting and advocacy. The students also join in a weekly seminar at which current environmental litigation, legal advocacy strategies, and policy issues are discussed. Taught by adjunct professors Eric A. Goldstein and Nancy S. Marks. (Offered Fall 2021 and Spring 2022)

Equal Justice and Defender Externship

Students who participate in this externship will work full-time from March to May on cases and projects of the Equal Justice Initiative. EJI, which is based in Montgomery, Alabama, is a nonprofit organization that is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. EJI provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. The organization also publishes reports and other educational materials, and provides research and recommendations to assist advocates and policymakers in the critically important work of criminal justice reform. (Not offered 2021-22)

EU Public Interest Clinic (Paris)

The fieldwork component of the NYU European Public Interest Clinic (the Clinic) is designed to engage students as public interest practitioners in the field of European law. Students will be responsible for carrying out legal advocacy and research projects for NGOs based throughout the European Union. These projects have been selected as particularly topical in the current political climate and/or because they cover topics that may be informative for US students pursuing commercial or public interest career paths internationally. (Offered Spring 2022 in Paris.)

Federal Judicial Practice Externship

The Federal Judicial Practice Externship is designed to teach students about federal practice through exposure to the workings of judicial chambers as well as class sessions that focus on substantive and practical issues of law. Students participating in the class dedicate their time to both a placement with a district court or appellate court judge and a weekly, two-hour seminar. To develop advocacy skills, all students are required to participate in a moot court argument before a panel of judges. While in chambers, students complete extensive research and writing projects, such as drafting bench memoranda, orders, or opinions on a broad range of subjects, including immigration, criminal law, habeas corpus, and complex commercial disputes. Students also are encouraged to attend court proceedings. Taught by Judge Alison Nathan and Professor Michelle Cherande. (Offered Fall 2021)

The Future of Human Rights Practicum

As part of the course, students will be required to attend a global conference on the future of human rights to be held at NYU Law in late April 2022. Under the title “More-Than-Human Rights,” the conference will bring together prominent academics and practitioners from around the world and from different fields – including lawyers, philosophers, life scientists, Indigenous leaders, and social scientists – who will discuss the emerging trend toward the recognition of non-human rights holders, from animals to rivers to forests. An additional two-credit fieldwork option will be available for eight students in the seminar who will develop (1) a dissemination strategy for the conference and (2) a strategic litigation roadmap that will advance this new frontier or rights advocacy and will serve a global audience of human rights lawyers and practitioners. Taught by Professor César Rodríguez-Garavito. (Offered Spring 2022)

Global Justice Clinic - for LLMs

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; transnational corporate accountability; environmental rights and climate change; and the human rights of marginalized groups. Legal empowerment, a growing field of human rights practice and scholarship, that centers affected communities and empowers them to use the law to find solutions to their justice problems, guides the practice of the Clinic’s work. These projects give students an opportunity to assist in formulating policy, research, and legal responses to cross-border human rights problems. Taught by Professors Meg Satterthwaite and Ellie Happel. (Offered Fall 2021)

Government Anti-Corruption Externship

Externship students will work for 15 hours a week in one of 10-12 field placement offices, participating directly in that office’s efforts to identify and combat public corruption. Placements include federal, state, and local offices, as well as the United Nations: for example, we expect to place students at the U.S. Attorney’s Offices, SDNY and EDNY, the SEC Enforcement Division, the NYS Attorney General, the Manhattan District Attorney, the Brooklyn District Attorney (conviction review unit), the NYC Campaign Finance Board, and the UN Office of Oversight Services, among others. Students will work under the direct supervision of lawyers at their placements on investigations, oversight and regulatory processes, criminal prosecutions, civil suits, and more. The two-hour weekly seminar will incorporate discussion, simulation exercises and guest speakers from the placement offices to explore U.S. and international anti-corruption efforts structurally, the roles of our placement anti-corruption agencies, the effectiveness of our system and our specific placement agencies, and ways in which our system and agencies could be improved. Taught by adjunct professors Rachel Pauley and Jennifer Rodgers. (Offered Spring 2022)

Government Civil Litigation Externship - Eastern District of New York

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, located in downtown Brooklyn at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, is one of the premier U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the country. The EDNY’s Civil Division represents the interests of the United States in a wide range of affirmative civil actions involving Residential Mortgaged Back Securities, Civil Rights, Health Care Fraud, Defense Contractor Fraud, Mortgage Fraud, Civil and Criminal Asset Forfeiture, and Environmental Litigation. Its defensive practice, representing most Federal agencies, is also extraordinarily diverse, and includes bankruptcy cases, employment discrimination and immigration actions, and suits involving constitutional and common law torts. The USAO-EDNY selects up to twelve students to work as externs in its Civil Division in the spring term. NYU also will select up to twelve students to participate in a seminar on civil litigation that is separate from, but complementary to, the externship. By participating in this externship, students will have an opportunity to learn about the inner workings of the federal justice system and government litigation. Each student will report to, assist and work under the supervision of one or two Civil Division Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs). Among other things, students help draft dispositive motions, complaints and answers, prepare written discovery demands, assist AUSAs in taking and defending depositions, in settlement negotiations and at trial. A few students each semester may have the opportunity to argue a motion before a federal district judge. AUSAs also will be responsible for mentoring students over the course of the semester. The externship is designed to give students the broadest possible exposure to federal practice and the day-to-day tasks that litigators perform. The seminar meets every Tuesday during the semester from 5-7 p.m. typically at the U.S. Attorney’s Office to discuss, study, and learn how to perform those tasks as well as consider the strategic and tactical considerations that underlie litigation decisions. Students also will participate in in-class simulations to help them develop their advocacy skills. (Offered Spring 2022)

Government Civil Litigation Externship - Southern District of New York

The United States Attorney’s Office will select up to ten students for externships in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, one of the finest law offices in the country. Students will also participate in a seminar on government civil litigation in the Southern District of New York. The seminar is separate from, but complementary to, the externship. By participating in the externship, students will have an opportunity to learn about all aspects of litigation conducted by the government. Each student will report to, assist, and work under the supervision of one or two Civil Division Assistant United States Attorneys. Students will work closely with each of their supervisors in the investigation and litigation of civil cases in federal court in Manhattan and occasionally White Plains. The seminar meets weekly for two-hour evening sessions to discuss, study, and explore the many important roles of the government litigator. Classes will focus on ethical and strategic considerations in litigating cases, and will provide simulation opportunities in arguing motions, taking depositions, conducting settlement negotiations, and presenting opening statements. (Offered Fall 2021 and Spring 2022)

Guarini Externship - Global Legal Practice in Digital Society

Through a combination of a seminar and a practicum, the Guarini Global Legal Practice in Digital Society Externship offers students an opportunity to develop a set of skills required to address complex global problems and prepare them for challenges and opportunities that technology innovation holds for laws and legal practice. The externship may be of particular interest to students whose interests intersect the fields of law, technology and transnational legal practice, whether in pursuit of private practice or public interest careers, students who aspire to a non-traditional career path (particularly in law and development, humanitarian and human rights fields) that requires knowledge of emerging technologies in addition to grounding in legal training, students interested in working at international organizations, and students who are interested in legal innovation and legal tech entrepreneurial ventures. Taught by Angelina Fisher. (Offered Fall 2021)

Housing Law Externship - The Legal Aid Society

The goals of the Housing Law Externship are to introduce law students to the complexity and rewards of working on behalf of low-income tenants in New York City and to develop their litigation and client skills in that uniquely-challenging context. Students will handle holdovers, nonpayments, and affirmative cases for repairs and may have the opportunity to work on appeals of such proceedings. Students will also do community outreach. Students will advocate on behalf of low-income New Yorkers to prevent homelessness and to stabilize their families. Taught by adjunct professors Sateesh Nori and Julia McNally. (Offered Fall 2021 and Spring 2022)

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, and at Immigrant Justice Corps, a fellowship program for recent law graduates and college graduates. Staff at the two organizations handle 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 2022)

Innovation Externship

This course will explore the practice of law interfacing with intellectual property (IP), information privacy, technology, and/or innovation in various professional settings. These settings include serving as a lawyer in a non-profit organization, such as a university technology transfer office and/or entrepreneurship center, non-governmental intellectual property policy organization, judicial internship, and government agency that is responsible for advising on, implementing, and administering policies and procedures relating to IP, information privacy, technology, and/or innovation issues. Taught by Professor Jason Schultz. (Not offered 2021-22)

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 provide legal and policy advice to these organizations. Taught by Professors Gráinne de Búrca and Angelina Fisher. (Offered Spring 2021)

International Transactions Clinic - for LLMs

Students in the International Transactions Clinic (ITC), taught by Professor Deborah Burand, provide legal services to internationally-focused clients that are intent on making the world a better place. In the ITC, students learn drafting and negotiation skills as applied to cross-border transactions, analyze ethical issues that can arise in international business, build skills in structuring and documenting investments in enterprises that work primarily in emerging markets, and deepen their understanding of international economic and financial policy. Students also learn how to give legal advice and support to clients working in challenging business and legal environments. (Not offered 2021-22)

Lawyers as Leaders: The Corporate General Counsel Seminar and Externship

Externship students will be placed in a host company’s office of general counsel where they will work on a variety of topics, which may include personnel, employment, litigation, contract, technology, and intellectual property issues. Assignments may include such tasks as drafting training documents on behavioral topics that raise legal risks, assisting with subpoenas, reviewing contracts with the firm’s clients, researching vendor contract provisions, and creating templates to be used with certain types of vendors. Students will be required to work ten hours each week. Taught by Dean Trevor W. Morrison. (Not offered 2021-22)

Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic

This is a 14-credit clinic for 3Ls, who will spend the fall semester in Washington, DC. Students will work five days a week in a federal agency or Congressional office; placements within federal agencies will generally be in the General Counsel’s Office of regulatory agencies or related positions (e.g., the Office of Policy and Planning at the Environmental Protection Agency or the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at OMB); congressional placements will generally be in leadership offices, with committee staffs or non-partisan congressional agencies. There will be a three-hour seminar one day a week; 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 2021)

LGBTQ Rights Externship

Students will contribute to legal representation and advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ individuals under the supervision of attorneys at NY-based non-profit organizations. In recent semesters, students have been placed at one of eleven partnering organizations: the Anti-Violence Project, Immigration Equality, Lambda Legal, the LGBT Law & Policy Initiative at the Legal Aid Society, the LGBT & HIV Project at Brooklyn Legal Services, the LGBTQ Law Project of the New York Legal Assistance Group, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, the Peter Cicchino Youth Project at the Urban Justice Center, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and the Transgender Law Center. A similar set of organizations is expected to participate in Spring 2021. Substantive work may include asylum petitions and other immigration matters; discrimination claims; name and gender-marker changes; housing disputes; access to health care and public assistance; and orders of protection. A seminar focusing on legal issues faced by LGBTQ individuals completes the students’ work. Taught by Hayley Gorenberg, Marc and Julie Platt LGBTQ Rights Externship Instructor. (Offered Spring 2022)

Local Prosecution Externship

The Local Prosecution Externship will immerse students in local prosecution, build concrete lawyering skills that lie at the heart of the prosecutorial function and exercise of discretion -- the interviewing, evaluation, and presentation of witnesses – and insure that each student develops the habit of critical reflection. It will use the evaluation and presentation of witnesses as the focus through which students learn to lawyer, consider difficult ethical issues, understand the scope and challenges of the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, and begin to develop case narratives. It combines two closely connected components: fieldwork in the Brooklyn and Manhattan DA’s Offices (a minimum of 12-15 hours per week, depending on the office) and a weekly seminar that will support and supplement the on-site fieldwork. The seminar will employ a combination of readings, discussion, simulation and fieldwork case rounds to insure that every student achieves the goals of the externship. Taught by Adjunct Professor Evan Krutoy and Anne Milgram, Professor of Practice and a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Law School. (Offered Spring 2022)

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 matters in various venues including small claims matters in the Bronx and Brooklyn Small Claims Courts, community disputes at the Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution (IMCR) in the Bronx, and city government workplace conflicts at the Center for Creative Conflict Resolution at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH). Students may also be able to observe the mediation of complex federal court cases in the Southern or Eastern Districts. 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 Daniel M. Weitz. (Offered Fall 2021)

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 or seeking to create mediation or other dispute system services in New York City. 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. Students also learn the core principles that define other processes like transformative mediation and restorative justice practices. Fieldwork involves assisting client organizations including the courts, public schools, City agencies and not-for-profit 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 2020 or 2021, 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 2022)

NYC Law Department Externship

Students in this clinic will be assigned to one of the Divisions of the City’s Law Department, which represents the City, its agencies, and its officials in a diverse range of litigation and counseling matters. Students may also be assigned to the Legal Affairs Bureau at the City’s Department of Sanitation. Divisions that have housed clinic externs in the past have included the Legal Counsel Division (which advises the Mayor and City agencies on proposed policy initiatives and legislation), the Affirmative Litigation Division (which brings suits on behalf of the City), and the Environmental Law Division (which handles environmental litigation and advises City officials on environmental matters). In their clinic roles, students will be assigned to work on matters with division attorneys. Work might include research on legal issues, written memoranda for Law Department attorneys or clients, and the drafting of litigation papers. The goal of the clinic is to give students a broad introduction to the work of the City’s government and the lawyers who serve the government, whether by representing it in litigation or advising City officials on policy issues. Students will be expected to work approximately 10 hours per week at the Law Department. Students will also prepare pitch memos proposing law or policy reform through legislation, rulemaking, litigation or otherwise. Taught by Christine Billy and Hilary Meltzer. (Offered Spring 2022)

NYS Attorney General's Office - Antitrust Enforcement Externship

State attorneys general have increasingly taken on the mantle of antitrust enforcement. New York has been at the forefront of this effort, and the Attorney General’s Antitrust Bureau has used its broad enforcement powers on behalf of the People of the State of New York in a wide variety of areas, including challenging monopolization schemes, cartels, mergers, and other arrangements that threaten to raise prices for consumers. This course affords students the opportunity to learn and experience antitrust enforcement from the perspective of state government, and to develop skills in legal research, writing, investigative techniques, and litigation. The externship is comprised of a seminar and fieldwork in the Antitrust Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office. Taught by adjunct professors Bryan Bloom and Amy McFarlane. (Offered Spring 2022)

NYS Attorney General's Office - Economic Justice Law Enforcement Externship

The goal of the course is to teach students about the work of the New York State Attorney General promoting equal justice under law, while giving them hands-on experience in public interest investigation and litigation. The Economic Justice Division houses six bureaus: Antitrust, Consumer Frauds & Protection, Internet & Technology, Taxpayer Protection, Investor Protection, and Real Estate Finance. Each of the bureaus is empowered to bring affirmative investigations and enforcement actions on behalf of the People of the State of New York to remedy violations of local, state, or federal laws. The externship will focus on the law enforcement work of each bureau and also discuss the various other methods the Attorney General uses to protect the rights of New Yorkers, including proposing legislation and regulations, and issuing reports and opinions. Taught by adjunct professors Bryan Bloom and Amy McFarlane. (Offered Fall 2021)

Policing Project Externship

The Policing Project at NYU Law is dedicated to bringing “front-end” accountability to policing, which is to say that instead of focusing on remedying policing misconduct after the fact, our attention is on changing policing policy and practice before things go wrong. We draft rules and best practices for policing agencies. We are working with police and communities all over the country—in Camden, Cleveland, Tampa, Tucson, Los Angeles, and New York—to give the public voice in policing practices and policies. We are working with policing agencies and methodologists from various fields to subject policing practices to rigorous cost-benefit analysis—including assessing the social costs of practices like stop-and-frisk or new surveillance technologies. We are ramping up to conduct a strategic litigation campaign to persuade courts to disallow novel policing practices unless there is democratic authorization, and to make sure those practices are applied in a non-discriminatory way. Students in the Policing Project Externship work closely with the Policing Project at NYU Law as well as its coalition partners on all these various endeavors. To the extent school schedules allow, our externs travel to our demonstration sites to work with community members and policing agencies. The Externship is offered in both Fall and Spring, and students may sign up for either or both semesters. Taught by Barry Friedman and Farhang Heydari. To apply for this Externship, please go to this page. (Not offered 2021-22)

Policy Advocacy in Latin America (Buenos Aires)

The students in this clinic work on projects for a variety of clients working in the areas of free speech, human rights, and environmental protection. Clients include local or international NGOs, advocates in Latin American countries, and research centers affiliated with local universities. The students prepare petitions and draft public comments on proposed regulations, white papers, model laws, as well as amicus curiae briefs to be presented in cases before local and international courts, among others. The goal of the clinic is to provide students with the opportunity to explore different approaches to public policy advocacy in the region. Students begin by researching their policy area, and then prepare a background paper and present their field-work to the class. To organize our work in the clinic, students will be divided in two sections taking into account their areas of interest. Approximately 12 to 15 hours of work per week is required, including 3 hours of meetings every week to discuss the clinic projects. Taught by Eduardo Bertoni and Florencia Saulino. (Offered Spring 2022 in Buenos Aires.)

Pro Bono Scholars Program Externship

The Pro Bono Scholars Program (PBSP) was created under special rules of the New York Court of Appeals to allow law students to take the New York Bar Exam in February of their 3L year if they commit to spending the last semester of law school working full time on pro bono legal work through the law school for credit. After law students take the Bar Exam in February of 2022, their entire course load in the Spring semester (March through May) will consist of this Externship. During the 12 weeks of this reconfigured semester, students will be expected to spend approximately 45 hours each week participating in the externship’s fieldwork and seminar. The fieldwork performed in this Externship provides legal services to the underserved. The current possible fieldwork partners include Bronx Defenders-Civil Action Practice,  Immigration Defense Practice; Brooklyn Defender Services-Immigration Practice; Disability Rights New York; Lawyers for Children; Mobilization for Justice-Housing Project; New York Legal Assistance Group-Consumer Rights and LegalHealth; Queens Legal Services-Homeowner & Consumer Rights Project or Immigration Advocacy Project; TakeRoot Justice-Housing Rights and Workers’ Rights; The Door;  and the Education Advocacy Clinic. The PBSP program will also on a case by case basis partner to develop work experience opportunities with other fieldwork partners. The PBSP Externship begins after the New York State February bar examination with an intensive one week course and then a weekly seminar. Taught by Professor Paula Galowitz. (Offered Spring 2022)

Prosecution Externship - Eastern District of New York

The U.S. Attorney's Office will select up to ten students for externships in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY), located in Brooklyn. EDNY is a national leader in the prosecution of federal crimes, including terrorism, cybercrime, public corruption, organized crime, civil rights, business and securities fraud, violent crime and human trafficking. The ten students who participate in the externship also participate in a seminar on criminal prosecution that is separate from, but complementary to, the externship. By participating in this externship, students will have an opportunity to learn about the inner workings of the federal criminal justice system. Each student will report to, assist and work under the supervision of one or two Criminal Division Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) in the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases in federal court in Brooklyn. The students' work may include, for example, helping AUSAs who are preparing for trial, interviewing federal agents, attending proffers of cooperating witnesses, and drafting motions. Every student will have an opportunity to appear in court on behalf of the United States at a bail hearing and/or other proceeding. The seminar meets weekly at the Law School for two-hour sessions to discuss, study, and explore the many important roles of the prosecutor in the federal criminal justice system. Classes will focus on ethical and strategic considerations in exercising prosecutorial authority and other challenges facing prosecutors. In particular, classes will examine how federal prosecutors may influence criminal cases at all stages of development, investigation and arrest through investigative technique, charging decisions, plea bargaining and sentencing. Students will also participate in in-class simulations to help them improve their advocacy skills. (Offered Fall 2021 and Spring 2022)

Prosecution Externship - Southern District of New York

The United States Attorney’s Office will select up to ten students for externships in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, recognized nationally as one of the finest prosecution offices in the country. Students will also participate in a seminar on criminal prosecution in the Southern District of New York. The seminar is separate from, but complementary to, the externship. By participating in the externship, students will have an opportunity to learn all about the inner workings of the federal criminal justice system. Each student will report to, assist, and work under the supervision of one or two Criminal Division Assistant United States Attorneys. Students will work closely with each of their supervisors in the investigation, preparation, and prosecution of criminal cases in federal court in Manhattan. The seminar meets weekly for two-hour evening sessions to discuss, study, and explore the many important roles of the prosecutor in the federal criminal justice system. Classes will focus on ethical and strategic considerations in exercising prosecutorial authority and other challenges facing prosecutors. In particular, classes will examine how federal prosecutors may influence criminal cases at all stages of development, investigation and arrest through investigative technique, charging decisions, plea bargaining and sentencing. (Offered Fall 2021 and Spring 2022)

Racial Equity Strategies Clinic

The Racial Equity Strategies Clinic is a semester-long, five-credit course that focuses on the various strategies that NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. has employed to fight for racial equity and justice in its principal practice areas: education, voting rights and democratic governance, economic justice, and criminal justice. The clinic involves a weekly seminar and fieldwork component. The seminar surveys the various strategies LDF has used in the struggle for racial justice, including litigation, community organizing and media outreach. The fieldwork affords each student the opportunity to work with LDF attorneys on active litigation and to develop oral advocacy, legal writing, and legal research skills. Students may engage in work ranging from preliminary investigation of an issue that affects a Black community, through the drafting of pleadings, active discovery, court hearings and negotiations. Students may also travel with LDF lawyers to the southern states where their cases are located. Taught by Monique Lin-Luse and Deuel Ross. (Offered Spring 2022)

Racial Justice Clinic

Students in the Racial Justice Clinic spend a semester working under the supervision of Professors Claudia Angelos, Dale Ho and Jason Williamson on in-house clinic cases and 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. In the fall semester, students directly handle individual parole cases for people in New York prisons serving life sentences and work on national ACLU criminal legal system reform matters. In the spring, the work expands to also include voting rights, criminal justice, immigrants’ rights, school to prison pipeline, and national security discrimination. Each clinic student participates fully with an ACLU team that is handling cases in one of these areas, 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 2021 and Spring 2022)

Regulatory Policy Clinic

The Regulatory Policy Clinic gives students the opportunity to participate in regulatory proceedings before federal administrative agencies and in challenges to rules before the federal courts. Working with non-governmental organizations that focus on improving environmental, public health, and consumer protections, students will prepare petitions, draft public comments for informal rule-makings under the Administrative Procedure Act, and work on amicus briefs. Taught by Professors Richard Revesz and Jack Lienke. (Offered Fall 2021 and Spring 2022)

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 people across their reproductive lives, with a particular focus on pregnancy and birth. Clinic participants have worked on, e.g., bringing civil rights suits on behalf of women punished and stripped of their rights to privacy and medical decision making based on suspected drug or alcohol use during pregnancy; filing amicus briefs in major reproductive rights cases, including before the U.S. Supreme Court; advocacy before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights concerning El Salvador’s total abortion ban; investigation and advocacy against unconstitutional treatment of pregnant women in prison; and developing strategies to challenge criminal abortion laws and prosecution of women based on their pregnancy outcomes, among others. Taught by Sarah Burns and Sarah Wheeler. (Offered Fall 2021)

Reproductive Justice Clinic - Advanced

The purpose of this clinic is to enable students already foundationally trained in reproductive justice litigation and advocacy to do further and more sophisticated work to secure fundamental liberty, justice and equality for people across their reproductive lives, with a particular focus on pregnancy and birth. Taught by Sarah Burns and Sarah Wheeler. (Offered Spring 2022)

Technology Law and Policy Clinic

With technological advances driving greater social, economic, and political change—from access to information, health care, and entertainment to impacts on the environment, education, and commerce to increased surveillance by law-enforcement agencies—issues related to privacy, consumer rights, algorithmic accountability, free speech, and intellectual property are becoming increasingly critical and complex. The Technology Law & 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. 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 Professors Jason Schultz and Brett Max Kaufman. (Offered Spring 2022)

United Nations Diplomacy Clinic

The United Nations headquarters in New York is at the center of international law and international diplomacy. It is the one location in the world in which all states have diplomatic representation and makes decisions that have both global and domestic implications. For many small states, the engagement at the United Nations is central to their foreign affairs, but they do not always have sufficient capacity to engage in all issues that affect them. This clinic places students in the Permanent Missions of small island developing states at the United Nations to act as advisors. In this role, students will assist these Permanent Missions in their engagement in international diplomacy, with a specific focus on international and environmental law. Taught by Professors Katrina Wyman and Bryce Rudyk. (Offered Fall 2021)