Academics

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A Leading Program

Our curriculum incorporates legal doctrine and analysis with an emphasis on strong practical skills and a substantial grounding in professional and ethical responsibilities.

With more than 40 courses in public service law, we cover a wide range of topics, including new areas of study such as Climate Change, Economic Development, and Human Rights. Other recently added areas of study include: Immigration and Work; Immigration Law: Advanced Problems; Housing Law, Policy and Finance; For-Profit/Nonprofit Boundary; Ideas of the First Amendment; and International Human Rights Advocacy.

The clinical opportunities available to BLS students provide a singular opportunity for them to work on real cases. The work of our clinical students receives consistent praise from judges and lawyers. As one of the most diverse and comprehensive programs of its kind, it features nine in-house clinics, three large externship programs, two specialty externships; and six clinics in partnership with outside organizations.

Externships

Brooklyn Law School boasts one of the largest externship programs in the country, with over 400 students participating each summer and approximately 175 more during the fall and spring semesters. Students work in civil, criminal, or judicial practice in government agencies, non-profits, public interest organizations, and judicial chambers throughout New York City and across the country.

Public interest externships offer students work experience on a range of responsibilities that are not easily found elsewhere, such as working directly with clients, developing case strategy, researching and drafting legal papers, and participating in legislative advocacy and policy development. Equally important, the work presents the chance to help people in need. Judicial and government externships are also excellent career-building opportunities, providing invaluable experience at the federal and state levels.

Recent Externships:  National Labor Relations Board •  Environmental Protection Agency •  Federal Trade Commission •  Internal Revenue Service •  Civil and Criminal Divisions of The Legal Aid Society •  Brennan Center for Justice •  Lawyers for Children •  Fair Housing Justice Center •  U.N. High Commission for Human Rights •  Dramatists Guild •  New York State Attorney General •  New York City Law Department •  District Attorneys of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx •  U.S. Attorneys for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York •  Office of the Federal Defender •  U.S. District Courts, Bankruptcy Courts, U.S. Circuit Courts, and a variety of state courts

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