Join the Center

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Every spring, the Center holds a competitive application process, open to all 1L full-time students, and all 1L and 2L part-time/evening students, to apply for affiliation. (Formal affiliation for accepted students begins the following fall semester.) Students who join the Center participate in a focused curriculum that helps guide students through their remaining law school studies and helps prepare them for practice.

Student Members

Each student member receives:

  • a structured curriculum that introduces students to various practice areas and career paths
  • special opportunities to work closely with Center faculty on research projects
  • guidance on independent study and writing projects
  • opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities with faculty, practitioners, and students who share their interests

How to Apply

All 1L full-time students, and all 1L and 2L part-time/evening students, are welcome and encouraged to apply in the spring semester. Formal membership, however, does not begin until the following fall. For example, a 1L full-time student would apply in the spring of his first year of studies, and begin membership in the fall of his second year at the Law School.

Whether you are applying only to the Justice Action Center or to multiple Centers, you only submit one application. This “Common Center Application Form” is available in the spring on the New York Law School portal website. The form is Internet-based, meaning that you submit all necessary information through the website. (No paper is submitted directly to the Centers.) The next application period will be in the spring of 2014.


Students in their first year of study are welcome at all of JAC’s public events. Because of the rigors of the first-year curriculum, however, students are not eligible for formal membership until the completion of their first-year coursework.

Membership is based on a competitive application process, and each applicant is judged on his/her own merit. Please note:

  • Students are eligible for membership irrespective of division. Full-time and part-time, day division and evening students are all eligible for membership.
  • Center affiliation is distinct from membership in the Harlan program; students are considered for membership whether or not they are members of the Harlan program.
  • Applications are welcome from all members of the student body, including applicants from the Law School’s Comprehensive Curriculum Program. Because of the focused nature of the Comprehensive Curriculum Program, however, these students may only be able to select from a limited range of Center concentrations. (For a description of the Center’s concentrations, please click here.)

More Information

Explore this website to learn more about the Center’s curricular requirements, programs, and events. We also invite you to meet with us if you have questions about the Center or the affiliation process. You can stop by the Center on the 9th floor of the 40 Worth building, or contact us by email at