A rich array of clinics, at New York Law School and at city government and not-for-profit law offices, in which students represent actual clients or work on other legal matters under the direct supervision of full-time faculty or attorneys. In all of these you will have the opportunity to work on your own cases - - real cases - - with real clients and witnesses. You will prepare through extensive simulated practice sessions before meeting clients, interviewing witnesses or appearing in court. In many instances, you will have the chance to present some or all of your case in a court or an administrative proceeding. Your clients, in all probability, will be persons who would not otherwise be able to afford a lawyer. It‘s an opportunity to make a contribution to our collective efforts at achieving justice.
Here's what Dean Anthony Crowell wrote to the NYLS student body in the spring of 2013 about clinics:
Now more than ever, gaining meaningful practical experience while in law school is critical to ensuring you can be as well-prepared as possible to enter and compete in the job market, no matter what your goal.
That's why I'm writing to encourage you to register for one of our exciting clinical, externship, and project based learning opportunities designed to give you a uniquely New York legal experience.
As you know, when I became Dean, I made a commitment to work with my colleagues on the faculty to undertake a historic expansion of these programs. In keeping with that commitment, and to vastly expand your opportunities to gain valuable and marketable practical experiences in the areas in which you're most interested, NYLS is adding THIRTEEN NEW CLINICS to its course offerings for next year, beginning in August. Many of the offerings are open to 2Ls as well as 3L day students, and we have at least eight clinics open to evening students.
All of these offerings will help you develop essential legal skills and substantive knowledge, and allow you to put what you've learned into a broader context. They can also help you to master the very sorts of legal reasoning that are essential to the bar exam.
At the same time, participation in the great majority of these offerings will allow you to EARN CREDIT AND SATISFY your New York State 50-hour pro bono service requirement for admission to the Bar.
We look forward to welcoming you to a clinic!
* New in 2013-14
Michelle T. Weller
Administrator of Clinics
New York Law School
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013-2960