Education Advocacy Clinic

LW.12400 / LW.12401
Professor Randi Levine
Professor Matthew Lenaghan
Open to 2L and 3L students
Maximum of 8 students*
Spring semester
5 credits**
No prerequisites


The Education Advocacy Clinic is a 5-credit, semester-long clinic that represents public school students in education cases.

Course Description


Students from low-income backgrounds often face barriers to receiving a high-quality education in New York City public schools. There are laws to protect the educational rights of certain populations of students, including students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and students experiencing homelessness, but many of these children do not receive the services and supports they need to succeed in school. 

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. Students will participate in various stages of the representation process including intake, investigation, settlement negotiations, advocacy at school-based meetings, and possible participation in mediation or hearings. Clinic students will also work on education policy initiatives focused on the needs of students most at risk of academic failure. Fieldwork will likely be done at Advocates for Children of New York.


The seminar focuses on New York City’s education system, including the laws and procedures governing special education and school discipline.  The seminar also addresses the cases students are handling; trial skills; issues relating to race, class, and disability in education; and efforts to create systemic change for public school students.

Application Procedure

Students should submit an application, resume and transcript on-line via CAMS.  Some applicants may be contacted during the clinic application period for an interview. For questions regarding the application process, please contact Yvette Bisono at (212) 998-6177 or via email. If you have questions about the clinic itself, you can direct them to Randi Levine or Matthew Lenaghan.

Student Contacts

Students who are interested in learning more about the clinic may wish to speak with the following students who are participating in Education Advocacy Clinic during the spring of 2019:

Ganiatu Afolabi
Julia Brownstein
Priscilla Consolo
Hanna Downing
Laura Duane
Kevin Lee
Carnissa Lucas-Smith
Dahlia Romanow

* 5 credits include 3 clinical credits and 2 academic seminar credits.

** 8 students is the combined maximum for Education Advocacy Clinic and Pro Bono Scholars Program – Education Advocacy Clinic.