Education Law Field Placement and Seminar
The Education Law Field Placement is a supervised placement where law students will be trained to practice education law in New York City at various civil rights and education law agencies. The seminar will teach students advanced issues in education law and practice, which may include special education law, segregation, the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Charter Schools and constitutional issues in education law. Students will also learn about advocacy campaigns, including impact litigation and policy reform; trial advocacy; client interviewing and counseling; and oral argument. Training includes a skills-based “boot camp” with simulations and weekly workshops and seminars. In their placements, students may assist with representing clients in a variety of education matters including special education, discipline, and school transfer cases; draft impartial hearing requests; research and draft portions of class action complaints; assist with coordinating advocacy/policy campaigns; deliver know-your-rights workshops to students and parents; and prepare for or conduct witness examinations in administrative hearings.
This course is comprised of two co-requisite courses: a two credit seminar and a two credit fieldwork experience. Students must devote at least 10 hours per week to their fieldwork placements, meet with supervising faculty and placement mentor, and attend the seminar and complete all seminar assignments. Students should spend a minimum of 16 hours per week on the course.
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
8 Credits: Full Year Course
Fall: 2 credits for the graded seminar, 2 credits for the (pass/fail) field placement
Spring: 2 credits for the graded seminar, 2 credits for the (pass/fail) field placement