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.

Congressional Consumer and Civil Justice Clinic

Open to 2L and 3L day and evening students.

Students represent the Center for Justice and Democracy (CJ&D) in legislative and regulatory advocacy, primarily focused on national policy in Washington D.C. CJ&D is a national public interest organization that works to ensure access to the civil justice/tort system for everyday people, from the plaintiff's perspective.

Students work on public policy projects, focusing on key issues impacting the civil justice system. These include: civil rights; sexual harassment and assault; drug industry liability; class actions; transportation; medical malpractice; asbestos harm; student loans; Americans with Disabilities Act; worker safety; nursing home abuse; governmental immunity; human rights abuses; sports injuries; access to counsel; the insurance industry; judicial elections; environmental issues; and product safety.

Students prepare agency letters and regulatory comments, legislative memos, and other materials for Congressional and agency staff. The clinic culminates in a trip to Washington D.C. and meetings with Congressional staff.

Students learn how to frame issues and gain valuable career skills in research, writing, communication, and presentation. Student papers may join CJ&D’s list of national publications that are widely distributed to opinion leaders, public officials, journalists, and organizations across the country.

Approved for the Experiential Learning Requirement. Enrollment is limited. Registration is binding. Application is required, and can be found on the Office of Clinical and Experiential Learning section of the NYLS Portal.

Recommended for the Following Professional Pathways: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Government/Public Sector; International Law/Human Rights; Labor and Employment; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution; Health Care Management and Compliance

2 Credits


Business and Financial Services

Intellectual Property and Privacy

Government and Public Interest Law

General Practice / Chart Your Path





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