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

Municipal Litigation Defense Clinic and City Law Seminar

Municipal Litigation Defense Clinic and City Law Seminar (NYC900) (NYC901)


A full-year clinic, in which students will work for the NYC Law Department, in a principal litigating division, such as the Tort Division.

The Clinic

The first semester combines a two-credit seminar with casework at the Department (also for two credits); in the second semester, students will continue their work at the Law Department for two additional credits. The seminar will include training in basic aspects of New York City government and law, taught Professor Ross Sandler with Fieldwork supervised by Adjunct Professors Nina Jody and Shelia Rossi. It will also incorporate elements of the Tort Division’s training for new attorneys, taught by senior members of the Tort Division, as well as additional seminars taught by adjunct faculty members from the Law Department. The course is designed to provide students with a hands-on opportunity to learn about and take responsibility for carrying out important lawyering tasks in litigation defending the City, and to understand the array of operational, fiscal and political considerations impacting the practice of municipal law in New York City and elsewhere.

Links and Logistics

Instructor: Professor Ross Sandler and Adjunct Professors Nina Jody & Sheila Rossi
Full-Year Clinic
6 Credits: Fall: Seminar (2) and Casework (2); Spring: Casework (2) – All credits are graded.
Course Description:Municipal Litigation Defense Clinic and City Law Seminar
To Apply to this Clinic, please visit the OCEL Application Information Page