Clinics & Concentrations

The clinical programs at CUNY Law are nationally recognized as the very best in legal education. In keeping with our mission to train students for excellence in public service and public interest practice, our clinical programs are the culmination of the lawyering curriculum and a critical step in the transition from classroom to practice.

Whereas most law schools offer students limited access to the clinical experience, each third-year student at CUNY Law is required to participate in one of six clinics or one of three concentrations. Under the auspices of Main Street Legal Services, Inc., the clinics provide direct service in-house, supervised live-client representation. The concentrations are highly supervised external placements.

CUNY Law clinical programs collaborate with local, national and international organizations to strengthen communities and individuals. Every year, our clinics provide legal representation to hundreds of people who otherwise would not have access to justice.

CUNY Law faculty members have been honored for their leadership and contributions to the field of clinical legal education. They are regular planners and presenters at national conferences and have published influential groundbreaking work.

CUNY Law students have also received professional recognition for their work. The Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic and the Economic Justice Project Seminar were recipients of the New York State Bar Association's prestigious President's Pro Bono Service Award.

The clinics and concentrations offerings may vary from year to year.

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A group of CUNY Law clinical faculty at the AALS Clinical Conference, May 2013.