First Annual Corporation Counsel Clerkship – New York City Law Department

The New York City Law Department is now seeking applications for its first annual Corporation Counsel Clerkship, open to law students graduating in 2012. The recipient of this paid one- year post-graduate fellowship will work closely with the chief lawyer of the City of New York, the Corporation Counsel, as well as the NYC Law Department’s Executive Staff and senior attorneys, on legal issues pertaining to NYC governance and in the formulation and defense of significant policy issues. The recipient of the Clerkship will gain experience and insight into the overall operations and governance of New York City, and may also have the opportunity to work closely with the Mayor’s Office, the City Council and various City agencies.

Depending upon the interests of the recipient of the Clerkship, his or her responsibilities may include trial court level litigation, appellate work or counseling, and legislative drafting on matters involving significant policy initiatives in fields such as criminal or juvenile justice, the environment, elections, education, social welfare, municipal finance, land use and economic

Applicants must have a record of academic excellence and a demonstrable interest in urban affairs and governance. The successful candidate will be chosen by a committee of senior executives at the Law Department.

To apply for this clerkship, please submit a resume, writing sample, law school transcript and three references, through our on-line application process, accessible at, by no later than January 27, 2012. In addition, applicants must submit a statement of interest, of no more than 500 words, including a discussion of which divisions the applicant is most interested in. Any questions regarding the Clerkship can be sent to [email protected].

The clerkship stipend will be roughly equivalent to the salary of a first year attorney at the NYC Law Department, which is currently $62,038. For more information about the New York City Law Department, please visit our website.