Public Interest at NYLS

The Office of Academic Planning and Career Development supports students interested in public interest law careers through counseling, programs and funding.  Our Office partners with NYLS Centers and Institutes such as the Impact Center for Public Interest Law, the Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families, and the Center for New York City Law to deliver a diverse range of dynamic programs, events and opportunities.  We work closely with public interest and affinity student organizations as well, helping them to build vibrant networks and events that develop legal skills and increase awareness of their missions.

The Office oversees the School’s robust Public Interest Summer Funding program, which funds upwards of 200 students working in unpaid public interest internships each summer.  These include Public Defender and District Attorney’s Offices, advocacy organizations, nonprofits, and city, state, and federal government agencies. NYLS is walking distance from the City’s governmental and judicial centers, meaning that public interest employers are literally footsteps away.

In addition, our dedicated Public Interest Advisor, Swati Parikh, provides individual counseling and information on summer and academic year externships, pro bono opportunities, community service, and postgraduate fellowships and employment opportunities.  We look forward to helping explore these options and plan your career.