CUNY Law’s clinical programs are nationally recognized as the very best in legal education. Our clinical program is a fully operational public interest law firm within the law school. The clinics’ experiential learning opportunity is a critical step in the transition from classroom to practice. Our clinics offer students a unique opportunity to practice public interest law, build valuable lawyering skills and gain hands-on experience in a supportive environment.
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 practice clinics. Under the auspices of Main Street Legal Services, Inc., the clinics provide direct service in-house, supervised live-client representation. The practice clinics 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 clinical program offerings may vary from year to year.