Clinic - Municipal Litigation: NYC Law Department

Credits: 3.00
Faculty: Andrew Rauchberg

This clinic provides students with the opportunity to work in the NYC Law Department's General Litigation Division. The General Litigation Division defends the City and its agencies in lawsuits challenging policies and practices concerning important programs in such varied fields as education, health care, public assistance benefits, prison conditions, foster care and election law. Cases handled by the division run the gamut from administrative proceedings that are resolved by motion practice within a few weeks to complex federal class actions involving intensive discovery that may be litigated for years. Each student will be assigned to report to, assist and work under the supervision of one of the two Law Department attorneys who teach the clinic, but will have opportunities to work with a variety of attorneys. Assignments may include drafting pleadings, researching and writing memoranda of law, engaging in factual investigations, assessing cases for possible settlement and participating in pre-trial discovery. In addition, students will attend depositions, court proceedings and settlement negotiations. Seminar Credits: 1.00 Seminar: The clinic includes a bi-weekly 1-credit seminar which will focus on practical litigation skills, as well as legal and policy issues presented by General Litigation Division cases. Guest speakers will include representatives from other City agencies as well as attorneys who have litigated cases against the City.

Enrollment Notes:

Students will be expected to work a minimum of 12-15 hours per week at the Law Department. The clinic is open to both 2L and 3L students.


The Seminar is letter grade only and the fieldwork is pass/fail only.