A Critical Inquiry into Public Interest Law
The Justice Action Center brings together New York Law School faculty and students in an ongoing critical evaluation of public interest lawyering. Through scholarship and fieldwork, the Center seeks to evaluate the efficacy of law as an agent of change and social betterment. The Center fosters collaborative efforts by faculty and students to engage the specific problems presented in the fields of Anti-Discrimination Law, Civil Liberties, Criminal Law, Economic Justice, Education Law, Environmental Law, Family Law, Immigration Law, International Human Rights, Labor and Employment Law, Mental Disability Law, and Social Change Advocacy. In addition to a focused curriculum, symposia, and research opportunities, students have the opportunity to gain direct exposure to the field of cause lawyering through externships, clinics, and workshops.
Through these initiatives, the Center seeks to instill in students a deeper intellectual understanding of the law regardless of their final career goals, and to present opportunities to maintain their ties to the social justice community beyond law school. Recognizing that students will pursue varied careers, the Center aims to provide a framework for analyzing the pervasive questions and contradictions relating to social justice in American society, irrespective of the context in which they may arise.
The Center offers students various levels of involvement, from volunteer opportunities to work on the Center’s project to formal membership in our academic program. To learn more, click on the appropriate link:
- Get involved with a Center project
- Volunteer with an affiliated program
- Learn about our fellowships
- Apply for formal membership
Students are also welcome at all of our public events. Click below to find out what’s coming up: