Work with real clients on real cases
In our clinics, the law comes alive as students develop skills, navigate ethical concerns, and, as of their first summer, form a solid professional identity long before graduation. Our students graduate having conducted trials and hearings, argued motions and appeals, formed corporate entities, closed real estate transactions, and drafted contracts, settlement agreements and patent applications. Our clinics teach students to interview and counsel clients, to negotiate with opposing counsel, and to feel comfortable before an adjudicator. BLS students may meet, interview and counsel a client about possible immigration relief, how to contest the denial of employment benefits, or whether to dismiss a criminal charge.
In-house clinics take place at Brooklyn Law School and are taught and supervised by a faculty member. The student assumes the responsibility of the lawyer, making decisions, preparing work, and doing the tasks related to representing individual clients, entities, or working on projects. All clinics have two components: the casework and a seminar.
Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic
Law in support of tech and innovation.
The Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy (BLIP) Clinic functions as a modern, technology-oriented law firm. Since its inception in 2008, BLIP is training a new generation of lawyers who are well-versed across the spectrum of skills needed to represent emerging tech, Internet, communications, and new media companies.
Clemency and Pardon Project
Helping clients to attain clemency.
Students work in teams to represent individuals in connection with clemency and pardon petitions. You may be visiting with clients who have been incarcerated, and work on cases filed with the Governor of New York State or the US Pardon Office.
Community Development Clinic
Helping to shape the future of Brooklyn neighborhoods.
The Community Development Clinic represents community organizations that wish to guide the path of Brooklyn neighborhoods. Students in the Clinic represent community development corporations, cultural institutions, affordable housing providers and small businesses that serve underrepresented communities.
Corporate and Real Estate Clinic
Representing financially distressed low-income cooperatives in all boroughs.
Increasing affordable housing units in New York City is a two-pronged effort involving both the construction of new units and the preservation of existing affordable units. Brooklyn Law School students are in the forefront of the preservation effort in the Corporate and Real Estate Clinic which provides free legal assistance for financially distressed low-income cooperatives (also known as Housing Development Fund Corporations or HDFC’s) where many of the City’s affordable units are found.
Criminal Defense & Advocacy Clinic
Defending clients in the criminal legal system.
The Criminal Defense & Advocacy Clinic (CDAC) seeks to cultivate best practices in representing clients in the criminal legal system, including a deep look at what is considered normal or acceptable criminal defense practice, particularly in misdemeanor courts. CDAC adds to a traditional defense clinical experience by specializing its representation, prioritizing criminal cases that involve or center on gender, with a significant number of clients who were arrested because of their involvement in the commercial sex industry.
Disability and Civil Rights Clinic
Advocating for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Disability and Civil Rights Clinic focuses on protecting and advancing the civil rights of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is one of the only law school clinics in the country specializing in this area.
Employment Law Clinic
Representing workers in employment cases.
In this clinic, students assist low-income workers in two types of proceedings: (1) mediations before the NYC Commission on Human Rights concerning harassment and employment discrimination and (2) unemployment insurance hearings.
LGBT Advocacy Clinic
Fighting for LGBT equality in legal cases.
Students contribute to the struggle for LGBT equality by representing LGBT people in a variety of civil legal matters. Working in teams, clinic students represent diverse members of the LGBT community on many different issues, including obtaining legal name changes and changing gender markers on identity documents for transgender clients, filing adoption petitions for LGBT parents seeking a legal relationship with their children, and much more.
Safe Harbor Clinic
Fighting for immigration and asylum status.
The Safe Harbor Project was launched in 1997. Since then, more than 300 students have assisted their clients to gain immigration status in the US. The clinic has secured asylum and/or related humanitarian relief for 125 principal applicants in both the Asylum Office and Immigration Court.