Develop career skills in public service
The Public Service Law Center is here to help you through the process of finding internships, jobs, and other ways to develop your skills and expertise. The PSLC provides mentorship through the job search process, assistance with post-graduate fellowships, and help obtaining summer funding.
The PSLC meets with students one-on-one as they develop a public service resume, cover letters, and a comprehensive career plan. The PSLC regularly meets with NYC-area government and nonprofit employers and can suggest ones that might be good fits for students and give insight into what employers are looking for. The PSLC also reviews students’ resumes and cover letters and helps them prepare for interviews.
Brooklyn Law School offers many sources of funding that allow students to both take unpaid public service internships and cover their living expenses. Students can also contact the Public Service Law Center for information on additional non-BLS summer funding opportunities.
Preparing lawyers to work for social justice and the greater good has been part of Brooklyn Law School's mission since our founding over a century ago. The Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship, established in 1985, has earned nationwide recognition and has become an important element in fulfilling that mission. In the core component of the program, Sparer Fellows receive $5,000 for a ten-week, full-time placement at a non-profit organization in the U.S. or abroad that focuses on underrepresented groups and interests.
The Kate Welling Fellowship awards $5,000 each summer to a student who interns at a non-profit organization whose work encompasses providing legal assistance or advocacy to persons with disabilities.
Brooklyn Law School's International Human Rights Fellowship offers a stipend to engage in ten weeks of legal work under attorney supervision for a non- or inter-governmental organization concerned with international human rights.
Brooklyn Law School provides grants to Federal Work Study-eligible students for unpaid summer legal work at a government agency or non-profit organization.
BLSPI is a student-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization at Brooklyn Law School that encourages and enables student participation in public interest legal work serving underrepresented communities and individuals. BLSPI Fellows work at nonprofit, government, and human rights organizations in NYC, nationally, and internationally. In exchange, each Fellow contributes 30 hours of service to BLSPI and furthers BLSPI’s mission of public service.
Each year, Brooklyn Law School students obtain externally-funded postgraduate fellowships—positions intended for new lawyers—in a variety of areas. Recent Brooklyn Law School graduates have received the following fellowships:
- New York State Excelsior Service Fellowship
- Bertha Justice Fellowship
- Borchard Fellowship in Law & Aging
- Echoing Green Fellowship
- Equal Justice Works Design-Your-Own Fellowship
- Georgetown University Law Center’s Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship
- Immigrant Justice Corps Justice Fellowship
- Poverty Justice Solutions Fellowship
- Pride Law Fund Tom Steel Fellowship
- Soros Justice Fellowship
Public Service Employers
Each year, Brooklyn Law School students obtain internships and permanent jobs at numerous government entities and nonprofit organizations, including:
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
American Civil Liberties Union
Center for Constitutional Rights
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Human Rights First
Human Rights Watch
International Criminal Court
International Rescue Committee
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Office of the Appellate Defender
The Bronx Defenders
The Legal Aid Society
Miami Dade County Public Defender
Orleans Public Defenders
Catholic Charities of New York
Central American Legal Assistance
Immigrant Defense Project
Lutheran Social Services
Advocates for Children of New York
The Children’s Law Center
Lawyers for Children
Partnership for Children’s Rights
Center for Reproductive Rights
Sanctuary for Families
District Attorneys’ Offices (all five boroughs)
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York
New York City Administration for Children’s Services
New York City Law Department
New York State Attorney General
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review
National Labor Relations Board