Brooklyn Law School’s Clinical Education Program, comprised of a broad array of in-house clinics and externships, is one of the most diverse, extensive, and comprehensive in the country. An integral component of the upperclass curriculum, the program takes full advantage of our ideal location, extending the campus to every state and federal courthouse and hundreds of government agencies, law offices, and business organizations throughout New York City.
BLS clinic students appear in federal and state court proceedings on both the trial and appellate level, as well as in administrative tribunals. They assist inmates on death row, represent asylum-seekers, advise new media start-ups, and secure unemployment insurance and debt relief for individuals in need. Students also have opportunities to mediate disputes in courts and schools. They may travel to a correctional institution to interview a witness or to a Wall Street law firm to conduct a deposition.
Our clinics are taught by full-time faculty members and skilled adjunct professors. It is the student, however, who performs all of the lawyering tasks, learning to exercise sound legal judgment, engage in problem-solving strategies, and take responsibility for decisions just as any licensed attorney would.
Brooklyn Law School is located at the center of New York City’s legal community. Our location means that our externship program, one of the largest in the country, can provide a range of exciting opportunities for students. Every semester, hundreds of our students work in judges’ chambers, law offices, and government agencies. The 2009 Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools reports that 65% of all BLS students participate in an externship at least once. Many students enroll in both externships and in-house clinics during their upperclass years.
We are proud that the excellence of our clinical program has been recognized with numerous awards from the legal community and grants from public agencies and private foundations, as well as regular inclusion in U.S. News & World Report’s national ranking of the best clinical law programs. To adapt to the new changes and developments in the legal profession, we add new clinics every year that address cutting-edge legal topics.