Clinic - Economic Justice at the Attorney General's Office: a Practical Introduction

Credits: 3.00
Faculty: Serwat Farooq, Lewis Polishook

This one-semester clinic and seminar provides students with the opportunity to work in the Division of Economic Justice in the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York. The mission of the bureaus in this division - Antitrust, Consumer Frauds, Internet, Investor Protection, and Real Estate Finance - is to protect consumers and investors across New York State from various fraudulent or unlawful schemes. In addition, the Investor Protection and Real Estate Finance bureaus serve as securities regulators under the Martin Act, the State's blue sky law. Each student will be assigned to work with an Assistant Attorney General (AAG) in one of these five bureaus as part of the clinic, and assist in reviewing complaints, investigating alleged fraudulent or unlawful schemes, drafting pleadings and memoranda of law, and participating in subpoena practice and discovery. SEMINAR CREDITS: 2.0 The seminar portion of the course will introduce students to the substantive areas of law used by the New York Attorney General to protect the public, and the practical considerations AAGs must take into account every day in deciding whether and how to approach matters before them. Students will be expected to discuss the legal and strategic issues that come up in the course of their work, and submit a short research paper and a short reflective paper. Enrollment Note: Students will be expected to work 12-15 hours per week at the Office of the Attorney General. This clinic is open to 2Ls and 3Ls.


The seminar is letter grade only. The fieldwork is pass/fail only.