New York City Law Department Tort Defense Field Placement and Local and Government Seminar
This course combines a field placement in New York City government and a weekly in-class seminar. It is designed to provide students with a hands-on opportunity to learn about the roles and functions of municipal government and to experience the variety of challenges presented to City attorneys. Students become integrally involved with many of the provocative legal, political, managerial, and ethical issues in the practice of municipal law in New York City and elsewhere. The course focuses on helping students identify and develop analytical and managerial skills (and their ethical underpinnings) required of City attorneys. Students work in City agencies directly with the attorneys who represent the City on the front lines and behind the scenes. By course end, students gain a greater understanding of government, the role of City attorneys, public service in general, and life thereafter. Placement credits do not involve scheduled classes.
This field placement and co-requisite seminar on state and local government expose students to the practice of municipal law.
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
6 Credits: 2 credits for the graded seminar; 2 credits for each graded placement in the fall and spring semester