Our Clinical Program: Law in Action
Brooklyn Law School’s Clinical Education Program, comprised of a broad array of in-house clinics and externships, is one of the most diverse, extensive, and comprehensive in the country. An integral component of the upper class curriculum, every student must take at least one “real world” clinic or externship to graduate.
Our program takes full advantage of our ideal location, extending the campus to every state and federal courthouse and hundreds of government agencies, non-profit organizations, law offices, and businesses and companies throughout New York City. In downtown Brooklyn alone, the Law School is within walking distance of the U.S. Courthouse, the N.Y.S. Supreme Court, the N.Y.C. Criminal and Family Courts, the Appellate Division, Second Department. We are also in the middle of the exciting Brooklyn Tech Triangle.
BLS clinic students appear in federal and state court proceedings on both the trial and appellate level, as well as in administrative tribunals. They assist represent asylum-seekers, secure benefits for adults with intellectual disabilities, advise new media start-ups, preserve affordable housing, assist community groups and small businesses and for individuals in economic distress. Students also have opportunities to mediate disputes in courts and represent defrauded investors in securities arbitrations. They may travel to a Wall Street law firm to conduct a deposition, to a detention center, to interview a client, or to Washington, D.C. to work in a federal agency.
Our clinics are taught by full-time faculty members and skilled adjunct professors. It is our students, however, who perform the lawyering tasks, learn to exercise sound legal judgment, engage in problem-solving strategies, and take responsibility for decisions just as any licensed attorney would.
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.
BLS students are recognized by lawyers and judges throughout the metropolitan area and beyond as smart, industrious, capable and very experienced—ready to launch their careers upon graduation.
Brooklyn Law School is located at the center of New York City’s legal community. Our location means that our externship program, one of the largest in the country, can provide a range of exciting opportunities for students. Every semester, hundreds of our students work in judges’ chambers, law offices, and government agencies. Many students enroll in multiple externships as well as in-house clinics during their upper class years.
We are proud that the excellence of our clinical program has been recognized with numerous awards from the legal community and grants from public agencies and private foundations. To adapt to the new changes and developments in the legal profession, we add new clinics every year that address cutting-edge legal topics. We have formed alliances with government agencies, non-profits and law firms to expand the scope of our offering. In the past two years, we added a clinic that assists veterans, another that represents adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, another that provides legal help to investors defrauded by brokers, and another that helps worker cooperatives and small businesses.