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Current Issue : 2008 Fall

Curriculum Ranges Wide

Brooklyn Law School provides students with a dynamic curriculum that integrates legal doctrine and analysis, emphasizes strong lawyering skills, and provides a firm grounding in ethical and professional responsibility. There are more than 40 courses and seminars offered in public service law. New offerings in specialized areas are continually added. For example, Climate Change, Economic Development and Human Rights is a new course that will examine the legal mechanisms to help the international community confront the widespread impact of climate change in developing countries. In the new Transactional Law/Community Development Externship, students are placed in nonprofits and community-based organizations around the New York area. They represent community groups in such matters as gaining tax-exempt status, incorporating, negotiating leases, and developing governing boards and contracts.

Outside the classroom, students have many opportunities to learn about public service law. Every year the academic calendar is studded with symposia and events with topics of interest to the public policy field. Just this past year, the Sparer Program sponsored a symposium on state-level strategies to promote justice and equality. Other symposia or forums addressed the closure of New York hospitals, practicing health care in the shadow of criminal liability, and international corporate liability for human rights violations.

Career Guidance and Beyond


Elizabeth Kane, Director of the Public Service Office

The range of opportunities for Brooklyn Law School students who are interested in public service is broad. The Career Center provides expert guidance in securing positions in government or public interest law. More than 20 years ago, the Law School recognized the importance of devoting resources to a dedicated position counseling students interested in public interest law and developing internship and postgraduate opportunities. It was one of the first in the nation to do so. Today, the Law School's Public Service Office offers individual counseling and information on summer and academic year externships, pro bono opportunities, community service, student fellowships and funding, postgraduate fellowships, and employment opportunities. The Office also assists with job search strategies and sponsors workshops, luncheons, pro bono fairs, networking events, and alumni panel presentations, and it publishes a biweekly newsletter that updates the Law School community on public service opportunities.

POSTGRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS INCREASING

De Barbieri, Prenoveau, and Rogers are beginning public interest law postgraduate fellowships with the support of Equal Justice Works programs. Prenoveau is developing green building practices at Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, and is sponsored by AIG and Sullivan and Cromwell LLP. Rogers is an Equal Justice Work AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at the Louisiana Bar Foundation helping law students participate in pro bono work. And De Barbieri is helping small business and worker-owned cooperatives organize at the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center, sponsored by Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.


From left to right: Ted De Barbieri '08, Nikki Prenoveau '08, Amanda Rogers '08, and David Stern, CEO of Equal Justice Works, at the 2008 Equal Justice Works Awards Dinner, October 16, 2008 in Washington, D.C.

Brooklyn Law School students and graduates are securing prestigious fellowships in increasing numbers. Since 2004, Brooklyn Law School graduates have been awarded:

3 Skadden Fellowships
2 Borchard Fellowships
1 Echoing Green Fellowship
2 Menapace Fellowships
4 Equal Justice Works Fellowships
1 Fulbright Scholarship
2 Fried Frank-inMotion Fellowships
1 Lexis-Nexis Fellowship