Clinics and Externships

Clinics and Pro Bono

One of students’ most common concerns is whether clinic work counts toward the pro bono requirement. The Court’s FAQ questions 12 and 15 suggest that casework conducted within the framework of a clinical course may count toward the requirement. You and your supervising attorney should review the examples listed in the FAQs and determine whether your work qualifies.

The chart below lists clinics where we expect that you will be able to count casework towards the bar admission pro bono requirements. The ultimate determination depends on the NY Court of Appeals’ rules. For each clinic the chart also indicates the semesters in which the clinic is offered, whether it is open to evening students, and whether it is accepting applications for the 2014–15 academic year. For more information and to apply to courses please visit www.nyls.edu/ocelapplication.

Accepting Apps.

Semesters Offered

Evening Students

Name of Clinic
 Starting March 5

F & S

No

Administrative Enforcement Clinic
 Starting March 5

F & S

Yes

Child Welfare Clinic
 Starting March 5

F & S

No

Clinical Year
 Starting March 5

F & S

No

Criminal Defense Clinic
 Starting March 5

F & S

No

Criminal Prosecution Clinic—KC
 Starting March 5

F & S

No

Criminal Prosecution Clinic—NY
 Starting March 5

F & S

No

Criminal Prosecution Clinic—RC
 Starting March 5

F & S

No

Domestic Violence Litigation Clinic
 Starting March 5

F

Yes

Elder Law Clinic
 Starting March 5

F & S

No

Immigration and Refugee Rights Clinic
 Starting March 5

F & S

No

Immigration Law and Litigation Clinic
 Starting March 5

F

Yes

Legislative Advocacy Clinic
 Starting March 5

F

No

Mediation Clinic
 Starting March 5

F & S

No

Municipal Litigation Defense Clinic and City Law Seminar

Starting March 5

F or S

Yes

Post-Conviction Innocence Clinic
 Starting March 5

F & S

Yes

Racial Justice Advocacy Clinic (evening)
 Starting March 5

F & S

Yes

(4pm start)

Securities Arbitration Clinic
 Not offered 2014–15

F & S

No

Suspension Representation Clinic
 Not offered 2014–15

S

Yes

Wills Clinic

Completing an Externship?

Students are reminded that their externships may provide hours towards the pro bono requirement. If you are seeking an externship for next semester, please be aware of the following information and important deadlines from the Law School’s Office of Clinical and Experiential Learning (OCEL).

Law Office Externship Program

If a student secures a placement, s/he must submit a Law Office Externship application form to OCEL. OCEL will review the student’s application form and decide whether or not s/he will be approved to participate in the externship program.

Judicial Externship Program

Once a student secures a judicial placement, s/he will need to submit the following information to OCEL:

  • Name of the Judge
  • Name and Address of the Court
  • Telephone Number
  • Court Attorney’s Name and Email Address
  • How did the student obtain the placement?

Should you have questions, please contact Wanda James by email at lawofficeexternships@nyls.edu or by telephone at 212-431-2192.