Making a Difference
With the rigorous education students receive at Brooklyn Law School, in combination with the professional connections they make, students are well prepared to launch into meaningful, satisfying careers. Our large network of public service alumni made up of leaders in government, the judiciary (state and federal), and non-profit organizations, as well as private practitioners working for the public good are committed to our students and generous in their guidance and support.
Postgraduate Clerkships and Fellowships
Postgraduate judicial clerkships are among the most prestigious and competitive employment opportunities and Brooklyn Law School has a high success rate helping graduating students and alumni obtain such positions in courts across the country. Our graduates have clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Court of International Trade, and the U.S. Tax Court.
Postgraduate fellowships offer an additional path to a career in public interest law. They provide work options, including special projects, in subject areas that a new law school graduate would otherwise find difficult to obtain. In the last five years, our graduates have been awarded Skadden Fellowships, Equal Justic Works Fellowship, Borchard Fellowships, Echoing Green Fellowship, Menapace Fellowships, a Fulbright Scholarship, Fried Frank-InMotion Fellowships, and a Lexis-Nexis Fellowship.
Upon graduation, approximately 24 percent of students begin their careers in public service. The range of work and the type of environments in which they are working are vast. Just some of the recent graduate placements include: New York City Law Department; Legal Aid Society of New York; ACLU; Children's Law Center; and Urban Justice Center.
Select Notable Alumni
Robert Acton '97 serves as the Executive Director of the Taproot Foundation, and is an award-winner for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence. Prior to moving to Chicago, Mr. Acton worked at Legal Outreach, Inc. and served as a staff attorney with The Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Division in Brooklyn.
Dorothy Chin-Brandt ’74 is an Acting Justice on the New York State Supreme Court, Queens County, and formerly a Judge in NYC Civil Court. Ms. Chin-Brandt was the first Asian-American woman judge in New York State.
David N. Dinkins ’56 was the 106th Mayor of New York City from 1990 through 1993 and the first and only African American to hold that office. Mr. Dinkins is currently a Professor in Public Affairs at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He also serves on SIPA's Advisory Board, chairs the Earth Institute's NYC Sustainable Development Initiative, and hosts the annual Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum.
I. Leo Glasser ’48 is U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York
Leonard Garment ’49 was White House Counsel to President Richard Nixon from 1973-1974 where he assisted the President on a variety of special projects. Mr. Garment remained in the White House as President Gerald Ford appointed him as his assistant. He was later appointed as the U.S. representative to the United Nations Human Rights Commission (1974-77). Since leaving the White House, Mr. Garment has had a long association with the arts, starting with his early career as a jazz saxophonist. Formerly, Mr. Garment was chairman of the board of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. More recently, he was one of the founders of the Jazz Museum in Harlem. Mr. Garment was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2005 as an arts advocate and patron.
Edward R. Korman ’66 is Senior Judge, U.S. District Court (EDNY), formerly serving as Chief Judge (EDNY) from 2000-2007. Judge Korman currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Brooklyn Law School Board of Trustees.
Nicholas Scoppetta ’62 is the former Commissioner of the Fire Department of New York, and is currently in private practice at the firm he founded in 1980, Scoppetta, Seiff, Kretz and Abecrombie. Among his many public leadership posts, Mr. Scopetta was Deputy Mayor and Commissioner of Investigation for the City of New York, former Associate Counsel to the Knapp Commission, and the first Commissioner of the Administration for Children's Services (ACS).
Sheldon Silver ’68 has been Speaker of the New York State Assembly for the past 19 years and is considered one of the most powerful politicians in New York.
Peter Tom ’75 is an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, New York State Supreme Court. In 1988, Justice Tom was one of the first Asian Americans to be elected to the Civil Court and to win a county-wide election in New York City. In 1990 he became the first Asian American elected to the New York State Supreme Court from New York County, and in 1994, he became the first Asian American appointed by the Governor to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court. Justice Tom remains the only Asian American to sit on an appellate court New York State.
Edwin Torres ’57 is currently a Commissioner of the New York State Athletic Commission and best-selling author of crime novels, Carlito’s Way and After Hours, among others. During his distinguished career, Commissioner Torres formerly served as a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court and as a Judge in New York State’s Criminal Court.