Community Building

Community Building

The Public Service Law Center coordinates events year-round to help developing public service lawyers gain valuable skills and create networking opportunities.

  • Incoming and upperclass students, staff, and faculty spend a morning volunteering at organizations doing important work throughout Brooklyn. Past Service Day projects have included Prospect Park clean-up, the Bedford-Stuyvesant Campaign Against Hunger, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, and the Gowanus Canal Conservancy.

  • Incoming students enjoy lunch while getting to know the Public Service team and community. The Welcome Lunch is a great opportunity to get information on all the public service offerings that you’ll have access to in your time at BLS.

  • The Pro Bono Fair is a chance to check out the year’s pro bono projects, meet the project leaders, get information on participation requirements, and see what your peers are accomplishing around campus and beyond. Pro bono projects are also a great way to get a jump on the New York State bar’s 50-hour pro bono requirement.

  • At the end of their final year in law school, students who have logged over 250 hours of pro bono work are honored at a ceremony officiated by the PSLC. An esteemed public service practitioner is selected annually as a keynote speaker.

  • The PSLC holds career-oriented panels and workshops year-round to introduce students to public service practice and professionals working in the field. Join us for our monthly Colloquia on Public Service Practice, where local public service attorneys speak about their career paths and current issues in their areas of practice and give useful career advice. We also host workshops on specialized public sector cover letters and resumes, as well as interview and job fair preparation.

  • We encourage all students to participate in our interactive skill-building workshops during your 1L year. Co-taught by members of the clinic faculty, these workshops give students opportunities to learn about interviewing clients, lawyering in a culturally-competent manner, and managing emotions when working with clients facing trauma.

  • Job fairs and conferences play a critical role in helping public service students find summer and postgraduate jobs and stay on top of timely issues. The PSLC supports participation in a wide variety of job fairs and retreats, including the Equal Justice Works Fair and Conference, the PILC Fair, the Robert M. Cover Public Interest Law Retreat, and RebLaw.

Contact Us

Public Service Law Center
111 Livingston Street
Brooklyn, NY
Phone: (718) 780-0689