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Current Issue : Fall 2008

Highly Regarded Clinical Program

Professor Stacy Caplow, Director of Clinical Legal Education, with students.

Brooklyn Law School's highly regarded clinical program, founded over 30 years ago, has grown into one of the country's most diverse, extensive, and comprehensive programs. It has been recognized with numerous awards from the legal community, and the work of BLS students consistently receives high praise from judges and lawyers. Most important, their work earns the deep appreciation of their clients. The students provide high quality legal services in a broad range of legal practice areas, such as bankruptcy, immigration, securities arbitration, criminal prosecution and defense, affordable housing, nonprofit community representation, employment law, and technology law. The clinical program includes nine in-house clinics, three large externship programs, two specialty externships, and six clinics in partnership with outside organizations.

Longtime Fellowships Flourish

Rose L. Hoffer Professor of Law Elizabeth M. Schneider, Director of the Sparer Program, with a panel of Sparer Alumni at the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Program

The Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Fellowship Program, launched 23 years ago, is a public service beacon that attracts highly qualified students who engage in concentrated studies and unique externships. The program honors the life and work of the late Edward V. Sparer, class of 1959, a pioneer in the fields of poverty and health law. By placing fellows in summer internships at leading public interest organizations across the United States and abroad, the program inspires students to work for justice, to provide legal services to underrepresented constituencies, and fosters the strong public interest community at Brooklyn Law School. It also holds monthly luncheons on timely issues and sponsors an annual public interest law forum or symposium on critical issues in public interest law. The program's fellows are all mentored by members of the Sparer Faculty Committee as well as alumni fellows.


  • Acumen Fund
  • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Housing Conservation Coordinators
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
  • Institute for Humanitarian Law
  • inMotion
  • The Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division
  • The Legal Aid Society, Prisoner’s Rights Project
  • Legal Momentum
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • New York Civil Liberties Union, Reproductive Rights Project
  • Timap for Justice
  • Urban Justice Center, Domestic Violence Project
  • Women’s Initiative on Gender Justice


Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest, a student organization at the Law School, was founded in 1990 to help meet the legal needs of underrepresented communities and individuals and to increase opportunities for Brooklyn Law students in the field of public interest law. The BLSPI Fellowships provide many students each year with funding for summer externships. Funds for the fellowhips are raised through an exciting auction. BLSPI also organizes symposia and events featuring prominent speakers, and sponsors volunteer fairs, voter registration drives, food drives, and fosters student participation in the annual New York AIDS Walk.