Food will be provided in the cafe area on the second floor starting at 4:30p, followed by the 1L Lawyering Panel Revoking the License to Evict: Lawyering to Preserve the […]
THERE ARE MANY WAYS YOU WILL USE THE LAW AS A TOOL FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Many of you were advocating for change before you even arrived. During your time at CUNY Law, you can explore all the opportunities a J.D. degree, our network, and your aspirations can offer. From support through your summers to applying for post-graduate work, we’ve got resources, events, networking, and one-on-one guidance.
Strategic Career Counseling
Bar Admissions Advice
Resumes & Cover Letters
Clerkships in both the Federal and State Courts are the foundational building blocks for many jobs in government, the private sector, and nonprofits. Experience as a clerk is one pathway to becoming a judge, especially in New York State Courts, but many CUNY Law graduates clerk at various stages of their careers.
“Clerking has given me unparalleled ‘behind the scenes’ access to the federal legal system, but even more valuable is the mentorship and insight I’ve received from my judge, a brilliant woman who committed her life to public service and broke barrier after barrier in her pursuit of justice. I can’t imagine a better way to have started my legal career.”
–Lauren DiMartino ’20, former law clerk to Judge Martha Craig Daughtry, U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
These one to two-year positions allow graduates to work on special projects to undertake innovative approaches to address systemic issues of inequality, poverty, racism, and more. Fellowships can be project-based, organizational, or within government-funded programs—CUNY Law grads have done them all.
“My Fellowship was an incomparable opportunity to engage in truly impactful work while continuing to build the litigation and lawyering skills required of an effective public interest lawyer. With the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project, I have been able to fight for the rights of transgender people across the country and learn from some of the most brilliant civil rights attorneys.”
–Malita Picasso ’19, Skadden Fellow
There is no one path to public interest or public service advocacy. Not only are there many ways to be a lawyer, but there are also many ways to put your J.D. to use—including elected office, nonprofit leadership, legal academia, government policy, and more.
“Writing about the law, justice, and their failures can be tough sometimes — but not nearly as tough as the impact those things can have on real people. My aim, as a legal journalist, is to never forget that humans bear the brunt of the subjects I cover.”
-Cristian Farias ’14,
About 25% of CUNY Law grads work in firms or open up their own small or solo practices, allowing them to bring their expertise to the social justice issues they care most about through pro bono work or areas of specialization. You’ll find them building their dream practice, running boutique firms, and leading work at some of the city’s biggest firms.
“I view working at a large private firm as an opportunity to practice law at the highest levels, on behalf of some of the world’s most sophisticated and vulnerable clients, while being developed and nurtured by extraordinarily gifted, dedicated, and well-resourced legal and non-legal colleagues.”
– Scott Kennedy ’20, Associate, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP
Mindful meditation session for the CUNY law community. Take a break from your work or studies to join us for a 30-minute mindful meditation in room 1/204. You're welcome to […]
Join CUNY Law for a celebration of 15 years of Pipeline, a program that has changed the conversation around who gets to be a lawyer and how law schools can […]
Mindful meditation session for the CUNY Law community. Take a break from work or studies to join us for a 30-minute mindful meditation in room 1/204. You're welcome to drop […]
An open discussion with CUNY Law Review board members & staff editors. The CUNY Law Review Editorial Board is hosting an open forum meeting for all law review staff editors […]