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

Legislative Advocacy Clinic

LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CLINIC (4) (CLC411 & 412)

Professor Johanna Miller

The Legislative Advocacy Clinic will challenge students to conceptualize, plan, and implement a
campaign to pass social justice legislation in the New York City Council. Working with the New York
Civil Liberties Union, students will research relevant statutes and case law, draft legislation, and
develop and implement an advocacy campaign to enact a bill. While in the clinic, students will
interview clients and other interested parties, conduct legal and social science research, draft policy
papers and proposed legislation, meet with community leaders and elected officials and draft
testimony for a legislative hearing. The clinic’s work will include both proposing affirmative
legislative initiatives and defensive efforts to respond to legislation proposed by others.
By the end of the course, students will have a framework for understanding the lawyer’s role as
lobbyist, organizer, educator, coalition-builder, media spokesperson, and activist. Some clinic
meetings will take place at the offices of the New York Civil Liberties Union in lower Manhattan. The
clinic seminar will meet weekly for an hour and forty minutes. Students will be expected to complete
an average of 6 to 10 hours of work on their cases each week.