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

6 Credits: Fall: Seminar (2) and Casework (2); Spring: Casework (2)

Dean Anthony Crowell and additional faculty to be appointed.

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 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 primarily by Dean Crowell. It will also incorporate elements of the Law Department’s already-established training for new attorneys, to be 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. All credits are graded.