Many New York Law School clinics operate in partnership with government agencies or nonprofits, a relationship that benefits students, partner organizations, and their clients. Students can apply to clinics through the Academics section of the NYLS Portal.
In this upper-level clinic, students are trained to represent immigrant clients under faculty supervision and argue cases in the Immigration Court and before the Newark and New York Asylum Offices on behalf of refugees fleeing persecution in their home countries.
Civil Rights and Disability Justice Clinic
In this year-long clinic, students will engage in impact litigation and other forms of legal and strategic policy advocacy to advance the cause of social justice.
Congressional Consumer and Civil Justice Clinic
In this upper-level clinical course, students will work with the Center for Justice and Democracy to learn the critical role that litigation plays in protecting consumer and citizen health and safety, and to learn and apply the skills of public policy advocacy.
Conservation Law and Policy Clinic
In this clinical course, students work with The Nature Conservancy for hands-on experience with the laws, regulations, and underlying policy related to real estate and land conservation issues.
Criminal Defense Clinic
The Criminal Defense Clinic engages students in the actual practice of criminal law, under supervision, on cases at all stages of the criminal process, from arraignment through trial.
Criminal Prosecution Clinic – (Kings County)
The Criminal Prosecution Clinic – Kings County engages students in the prosecution of criminal cases in conjunction with the Brooklyn District Attorney under the supervision of adjunct professors.
Criminal Prosecution Clinic – (New York County)
The Criminal Prosecution Clinic – New York County engages students in the prosecution of criminal cases in conjunction with the Manhattan District Attorney under the supervision of experienced ADAs.
The Cyberharassment Clinic provides an unprecedented opportunity for 2L and 3L day and 3L and 4L evening students to represent victims of online harassment, cyberbullying, and revenge porn under the direct supervision of a faculty member and experienced practitioner.
Education Law Clinic
In the Education Law Clinic, students are trained to practice education law in New York City at various firms and nonprofit agencies, under the supervision of civil rights and education law attorneys who are NYLS adjunct faculty.
Elder Law Clinic: Planning for Aging, Illness, and Special Needs
In this clinic, students will assist clients with estate planning, adult guardianships, and/or needs-based public benefits, and work in partnership with community members to provide education and develop advocacy related to the issues of aging, illness, and special needs.
Family Law Clinic
In this clinic, students will interview clients, draft documents, conduct legal research, and engage in community outreach, as they experience Family Court practice and learn more about the Family Court Act and a range of family law matters.
Gun Safety Legislative Advocacy Clinic
This course immerses students in the policy work of the nation’s largest gun violence prevention organization, exposing them to the legislative lawyer’s work of bill drafting and analysis, effective communication, and coalition-building.
Housing Rights Clinic
This full-year clinic focused on housing provides students with the opportunity to represent clients in litigation and develop and implement advocacy campaigns.
Immigration Law and Litigation Clinic
In this clinic, students will be trained to screen and represent juveniles before the Executive Office of Immigration Review.
Juvenile Rights Law Clinic
Under the supervision of experienced faculty, students fully engage all facets of client-centered juvenile practice. Together with a multidisciplinary team, students represent children in child welfare matters filed in Manhattan Family Court.
Legislative Advocacy Clinic – New York Civil Liberties Union
This clinic challenges students to conceptualize, plan, and implement a campaign to pass social justice legislation in the New York City Council.
Students in this clinic have the opportunity to learn and observe mediation in a classroom as well as conduct mediations.
Nonprofit and Small Business Clinic
In this year-long clinic, students provide transactional legal assistance to nonprofit organizations and small businesses.
Patent Law Clinic
This clinical course provides students doctrinal instruction and hands-on experience working with entrepreneurs and practicing patent law before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Post-Conviction Innocence Clinic
The Post-Conviction Innocence Clinic provides an opportunity for upper-level students to represent clients in post-conviction matters under the direct supervision of a faculty member.
PTO Trademark Clinic
This clinic provides the opportunity for upper-level students to represent entrepreneurs who cannot afford expensive counsel before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Veterans Justice Clinic
The course provides students with the opportunity to offer legal assistance to low-income veterans in New York City, while gaining a range of legal skills under the supervision of experienced attorneys.