The clinic offers students the opportunity to develop the foundational skills needed to develop strategic and creative civil rights lawyers through direct involvement in investigations, litigation, appellate representation, and public advocacy campaigns. Students are introduced to civil litigation and social justice in a variety of contexts and forums by working on behalf of impoverished, institutional, or pro bono clients on a range of civil rights issues, including workplace discrimination, educational justice, suffrage, and criminal justice reform. Through the clinic, students join a community of advocates who work to promote and protect civil rights and challenge issues of economic and political inequality, poverty, and racial injustice. Taught by professors Deborah N. Archer and Joseph Schottenfeld. (Offered Spring 2023) At this clinic, students represent impoverished clients accused of felonies and misdemeanors in the Eastern District of New York at all stages of criminal proceedings, possibly prior to the first court appearance and throughout the duration of the case. Students are responsible for investigations, trials, client counseling and application practice, as well as pleadings, trials, convictions and appeals. Additional fieldwork includes assisting Federal Defenders of New York attorneys in representing impoverished clients accused of crimes committed in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. At NYU Law, students are encouraged to take advantage of all that law school has to offer, to work directly with faculty on their research, to get involved in our centers, to participate in clinics and student organizations.
Students can also participate in regular activities and counselling offered by the Career Services Office and the Public Interest Law Centre. Here are some options for those interested in labor law: The traditional human rights paradigm is ill-equipped to deal with the simultaneity, speed and depth of existential human rights challenges, such as climate change, technological disruption, democratic regression, growing social inequalities and geopolitical instability. The Future of Human Rights (FOR) clinic provides students with forward-thinking ideas and professional skills that provide answers to these challenges, while giving students the opportunity to apply these ideas and skills to advocacy and litigation projects with human rights organizations and communities around the world. Current projects include: rights-based climate disputes in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and South and Southeast Asia; Research and advocacy with leading organizations working within the United Nations to promote international human rights to combat the erosion of democracies around the world; Advocacy and litigation against the companies behind the climate and biodiversity crisis; and advocacy for indigenous rights and litigation in the Amazon and the Caribbean. As strategic partners, legal advisors, consultants or co-counsels, FOR students conduct fieldwork with grassroots communities and local NGOs, contribute to the development of process tactics, help establish or maintain transnational advocacy networks and coalitions, and engage with experts and institutions in various fields, including science and technology, ecology, journalism, communications and systems thinking. Taught by Professor César Rodríguez-Garavito. (Offered Spring 2023) Students represent start-ups of low- and middle-income entrepreneurs and start-ups, developing in-depth knowledge and transactional advocacy skills by acting as pro bono advisors. Entrepreneurs who are committed to strengthening communities – for example, by creating jobs or providing valuable goods and services to their communities – often have limited resources.
Students provide essential legal advice to these clients through a wide range of transactional legal services while gaining the practical and practical experience necessary to navigate the evolving areas of entrepreneurship and community development. The clinic not only fosters economic empowerment and social innovation, but also contributes significantly to the New York City area`s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Taught by Lynnise Pantin. (Offered Fall 2022) The Civil Litigation-Labour Law Clinic offers two semesters of training in civil litigation tasks and skills through simulation and fieldwork cases related to employment law. The Unemployment Action Center, a student-run organization, is one of New York City`s leading providers of legal services for unemployment hearings. There are countless opportunities for volunteerism and paid employment in New York`s rich practice environment. NYU Law has a strong curriculum for students interested in employment law. There are four basic teaching courses in this area and a basic clinical offer. Labour law focuses on workers` collective action (e.g. organizing and collective bargaining), with an emphasis on federal law governing the private sector (with some references to developments in the public sector). Employment discrimination is intended to protect the federal government from discrimination based on prohibited grounds (e.g., race, sex, religion, age, disability). Labour law includes the common law rights and obligations associated with the employment relationship, as well as a number of legislative schemes that set minimum standards of employment.
Benefits law, an area with tax and labour law dimensions, focuses on the federal regulation of employer-provided pension and health benefits. The Civil Litigation Clinic – Labour Law offers practical and conceptual training in discrimination litigation as well as minimum wage and overtime cases. Other seminars and clinical offerings relevant to industry- or practice-specific interests are also offered periodically. This clinic represents people who have suffered civil rights violations while in detention or under criminal supervision. Students at the clinic use litigation and other legal advocacy tools to defend their clients` rights. Recent examples of clinical work include challenging a state law restricting Internet access for certain probation officers, representing a habeas plaintiff who alleged exposure to the racially discriminatory practices of a law enforcement agency, and advocating on behalf of a group of prison lawyers seeking to enforce a federal settlement agreement with a correctional agency. Students at the clinic develop legal theories, analyze potential claims, make strategic decisions, and write briefs, briefs, and other process documents. In the clinical seminar, students explore different approaches to public advocacy, examine the limitations of litigation as a tool for social change, and examine case studies of efforts to challenge mass incarceration. (Offered Fall 2022) Students at this clinic work on projects for a variety of clients working in the fields of freedom of expression, human rights and environmental protection.