Municipal Litigation Defense Clinic and City Law Seminar
This course combines an externship placement in New York City government and a weekly in-class seminar. It is designed to provide students with a hands-on opportunity to learn about the roles and functions of municipal government and to experience the variety of challenges presented to City attorneys. Students become integrally involved with many of the provocative legal, political, managerial, and ethical issues in the practice of municipal law in New York City and elsewhere. The course focuses on helping students identify and develop analytical and managerial skills (and their ethical underpinnings) required of City attorneys. Students work in City agencies directly with the attorneys who represent the City on the frontlines and behind the scenes. By course end, students gain a greater understanding of government, the role of City attorneys, public service in general, and life thereafter. 2 seminar credits are graded and 2 placement credits are pass/fail. Placement credits do not involve scheduled classes. No more than 14 placement credits may be counted toward the J.D.