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.
The substantive law and skills-based course teaches students advanced issues in education law and practice, which includes special education law, the School-to-Prison Pipeline, equity and access issues, and representing minor clients. Training in the fall semester includes simulations, case rounds, and seminars that focus on developing trial advocacy and client representation skills. In the spring, students continue to meet bi-weekly for case rounds and workshops.
Student will represent clients in a variety of education matters including special education, discipline, language access, and school admissions and transfer cases. They may also draft impartial hearing requests, research and draft portions of complaints, assist with coordinating advocacy/policy campaigns, deliver know-your-rights workshops to students and parents, and prepare for and/or conduct opening and closing arguments and witness examinations in administrative hearings.
This year-long clinic is seven credits. Overall, students should devote a minimum of 16 hours per week to the course in the fall and 12 hours per week in the spring. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in the two-credit Special Education Law and Practice seminar.
Approved for the Experiential Learning Requirement. Enrollment is limited. Registration is binding. Application and interview are required, and the application can be found on the Office of Clinical and Experiential Learning section of the NYLS Portal.
Recommended for the Following Professional Pathways: Government/Public Sector; Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Family Law; General Practice: Litigation/Dispute Resolution; Criminal Defense
7 Credits: Full Year Course
Fall: 4 credits
Spring: 3 credits