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Clinical Legal Education

Full-time Faculty
Cheryl Bader  James A. Cohen  Elizabeth Cooper  Paolo Galizzi 
Gaylynn Burroughs Brian Glick Leah Hill Ron Lazebnik
Elizabeth Maresca Michael W. Martin  Chi Mgbako  Jacqueline Nolan-Haley 
Russell Pearce  Martha Rayner Paul Radvany  Beth Schwartz
Marcella Silverman Gemma Solimene  Rachel Spector Ian Weinstein

photo Many students at the Law School find that no experience is more rewarding than participation in the Clinical Legal and Experiental Education program. Enrollment in a clinical offering allows students the ability to apply the substantive law learned in the classroom in a "real world" setting, preparing students to become effective advocates and practitioners.

The Clinical Legal Education program has three distinct components: Clinics, Simulation courses, and Externship courses. The opportunities for students within each of these components vary, but are equally challenging and fulfilling: one student may enroll in Trial Advocacy and simulate crossexamination in a courtroom, while another appears at a hearing on behalf of an individual facing eviction


The Law School's clinics are for one semester (some offer a second semester option) and have weekly seminar and casework components. Credits vary in number from clinic to clinic, but most provide two seminar credits plus three casework credits. All clinics are upper level electives and require Fundamental Lawyering Skills (FLS) as a prerequisite, except for the Housing Clinic and the Policy and Legislative Advocacy (FLS is a pre- or co-requisite for both) and the Mediation Clinic (FLS is recommended). Some clinics suggest or require other courses. To participate in a clinic, students must apply online by a deadline several weeks prior to registration. In advance of the application period, the Clinical Legal Education program will email to students an announcement of the online application availability, as well as details of application procedures and deadlines. Detailed descriptions of the clinics and clinic applications are available online on the Clinical Legal Education website at

Simulation Courses

Simulation courses employ simulation or role-play technique, in varying degrees, to teach substantive law and/or specific lawyering skills. The range of skills taught include: case or matter planning, case theory development, fact analysis, interviewing, counseling, negotiation, mediation, witness examination, and argument. Students engage in simulation exercises designed to mirror real lawyering problems and are subsequently critiqued by the faculty member. Students also engage in self-critique and reflection. Many of the exercises are videotaped and reviewed during the critique process to provide the student with an in-depth, first hand account of her performance. All simulation courses are one semester offerings.

Externship Courses

photo Externships are courses in which students participate in fieldwork away from the Law School and attend an accompanying seminar, earning academic credit for both. 

Students must complete 130 hours of fieldwork in the fall and spring semesters and 160 hours of fieldwork during the summer session. Fieldwork can be in a judge’s chambers, government law office, nonprofit organization, or other approved placement. Seminars meet approximately every two weeks. 

The following are some of the externship seminars that are offered:

  • Civil – Government and Non-Profit Placements
  • Criminal Justice
  • Judicial
  • New York City Council
  • Intellectual Property/Media/Fashion/Information Law
  • Out-of-Town (summer only)

Interested students should view the Externship Program’s webpage to learn more about placement opportunities and the policies and procedures of the Externship Program, including eligibility, application procedures, and deadlines. 

 Listen to Professor Beth Schwartz talk about the Externship Program