The clinics at NYLS give students an invaluable opportunity to develop practical legal skills while learning to advance fairness and equity in the law.

Civil Justice through the Courts Clinic


The goal of this course is to engage students in learning and applying the skills of public policy and legislative advocacy, focused on issues related to protecting consumer access to the civil courts and consumer health and safety.

The Clinic

Students will work with the Center for Justice and Democracy, a civil justice advocacy organization, on various projects designed to raise awareness about legislative attacks on individual access to the civil courts. In a time when so-called ‘tort reform’ once again appears to be at the center of political scrutiny, CJ&D has a mission to increase public awareness of the value of the civil justice system and to fight to protect access to the civil courts.

Topics of interest will include:

  • Consumer and worker rights
  • Human and civil rights
  • Medical malpractice and health care
  • Product safety and environmental cases
  • Corporate accountability
  • Federal regulations
  • Constitutional rights

In the Civil Justice Through the Courts Clinic, students will:

  • work directly with CJ&D’s staff as well as lawyers, lobbyists and activists from around the country
  • write legislative analysis and memos for legislative committees
  • prepare advocacy materials and policy papers
  • assist with Congressional testimony
  • discuss current civil justice subjects with practitioners and opinion leaders in the field
  • participate in a day trip to Washington DC to experience government first-hand, including visits to the offices of national lawmakers and lobbyists.

Past Projects Students have Completed:

Links and Logistics

Meets in the Spring Semester
2 Credits Awarded Upon Satisfactory Completion
Instructor: Professor Joanne Doroshow
Course Description
To Apply to this clinic, please visit the OCEL Application Information Page

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