NYC Law Department Opportunities

If you have any questions or would like more information about the postings, contact:

Lillian Evans
Pronouns: she/her
Director of Legal Recruitment
NYC Law Department
100 Church Street
New York, NY 10007


The Law Department selects approximately 50 Summer Honors Program interns from over 2,500 applications submitted each year. The Law Department is perhaps the only public sector/public interest employer in the country to make offers of permanent employment to its second-year summer interns based on their performance during the summer. In the past few years, about half of our entry class attorney positions have been filled with former participants of our Summer Honors Internship Program. The Law Department offers weekly stipends of $750 to our summer interns for our 9-week summer program. The office also offers housing concurrent with our summer program to our out-of-town law school summer interns.

The Law Department’s varied divisions offer summer interns hands-on practical experience. Summer interns regularly draft motion papers and briefs that are filed in court. Interns in our Tort Division take or defend depositions and take part in pre-trial court proceedings. Interns in the Special Federal Litigation Division are assigned to work on a trial with a trial team over the course of the summer. Interns in the Family Court Division regularly interview victims and witnesses and appear in court. Read more about our Program in our Frequently Asked Questions.  In addition, you can reach out to Law Department attorneys who have volunteered to be contacted by applicants interested in learning more about our work on our Law Department Ambassadors page.  Any other questions can be directed to the Law Department’s Legal Recruitment Office.

The majority of second year summer interns work in one of our litigating divisions. These divisions include, in order of numbers of placements each year, our Tort, Labor and Employment, Special Federal Litigation, Family Court, Administrative Law and Regulatory Litigation, General Litigation, Commercial and Real Estate Litigation, and Workers’ Compensation Divisions.  On occasion, we have placed an individual in our Affirmative Litigation, Appeals, Environmental Law, Legal Counsel, and Tax and Bankruptcy Litigation Divisions.  Generally, we do not place second year summer interns in our transactional divisions, which include our Economic Development, Contracts and Real Estate, and Municipal Finance Divisions.  First year summer interns may be placed in any of the Law Department’s 16 legal divisions. For more details about what interns do, please refer to descriptions of the Law Department’s individual legal divisions

What We Look For
The Law Department looks for candidates who are committed to public service, pursuing justice and serving the common good.  To best serve the City we represent, the Law Department seeks individuals from a variety of backgrounds who can bring different perspectives to contribute to the work of the office.  The Law Department also seeks candidates who want to contribute to a work environment that values teamwork, inclusion and respect.  Finally, for second year summer intern candidates, as many of our second year interns work in litigating divisions, the Law Department seeks candidates who have experience in moot court, trial advocacy, debate, public speaking, or litigation/mediation clinics or internships.

Application Process

The Law Department participates in the on-campus interviewing process at law schools and job fairs, and we also accept applications through our online application system. Second year students may apply through our online portal after August 1, 2022.  First year law students may apply through this same link after December 1, 2022.

Applications can be addressed to Lillian Evans. See details at the top for more information. Any questions about the position may be sent to


The NYC Law Department’s approximately 950 lawyers and 890 support professionals work collaboratively to pursue justice and promote the public good by providing New York City with the highest quality legal representation. The Law Department represents the City, the Mayor, other elected officials, and the City’s many agencies in all affirmative and defensive civil litigation, as well as juvenile delinquency proceedings brought in Family Court. In all our work, the Law Department is guided in our values: Dedication, Diversity, Excellence, Integrity, Justice, Professional Development, Respect, Supportive Work Environment, and Teamwork.

Each year, the NYC Law Department typically hires an entry class of 40-80 recent law school graduates. These new attorneys receive unparalleled, hands-on legal experience in a supportive learning environment. New attorneys attend extensive orientation and training programs. They then take responsibility for their own matters, supervised closely by experienced attorneys.

A majority of new attorneys work in one of our litigating divisions where they engage in the day-to-day work of state and federal court litigation, including drafting motions, conducting depositions, exchanging discovery and appearing in court and at depositions. These divisions generally include, in order of numbers of placements each year, our TortLabor and EmploymentSpecial Federal LitigationFamily CourtGeneral LitigationCommercial and Real Estate Litigation, and Workers’ Compensation Divisions. On occasion, we have placed an entry-level attorney in our Affirmative LitigationAppealsEnvironmental LawLegal Counsel, and Tax and Bankruptcy Litigation Divisions.  Read more about our entry level Assistant Corporation Counsel position and our application process in our Frequently Asked Questions. To learn more about the Law Department’s legal divisions, you can read the descriptions of the divisions. In addition, you can reach out to Law Department attorneys who have volunteered to be contacted by applicants interested in learning more about our work through our Law Department Ambassadors page.

In addition to entry level Assistant Corporation Counsels, who are primarily placed in our litigation divisions, the New York City Law Department also hires one or two Corporation Counsel Honors Fellows each year. During their one-year term, the Honors Fellow works primarily with our Legal Counsel Division on significant legal and policy issues pertaining to municipal governance. They may also request to work on projects in other divisions and on other areas of the law. More information on this program can be found on our Corporation Counsel Honors Fellowship page.

What We Look For
The Law Department looks for candidates who are committed to public service, pursuing justice and serving the common good. To best serve the City we represent, the Law Department seeks individuals from a variety of backgrounds who can bring different perspectives to contribute to the work of the office. The Law Department also seeks candidates who want to contribute to a work environment that values teamwork, inclusion and respect. Finally, as many of our entry-level attorneys work in litigating divisions, the Law Department seeks candidates who have experience in moot court, trial advocacy, debate, public speaking, or litigation/mediation clinics or internships.

How to Apply
The Law Department participates in the on-campus interviewing process at law schools and job fairs, and we also accept applications through our online application system. Recent law graduates who have judicial clerkships may apply for the entry class following the term of their clerkship. The Law Department recruits law graduates nationwide. Our approximately 1,000 attorneys include alumni from more than 80 law schools.

Apply for our 2023 entry-level attorney class through this link. 

Applications can be addressed to Lillian Evans. See details at the top for more information. Any questions about the position may be sent to


The New York City Law Department sponsors an annual Corporation Counsel Honors Fellowship Program for one or two recent graduates a year.  The recipients of this paid, highly selective one-year Honors Fellowship enjoy a behind the scenes view into the operations and governance of the City of New York with a focus on the major legal issues facing the City during the course of their fellowship year.

Honors Fellows are welcome to express interest in working closely with specific division(s). Past Honors Fellows have gained significant counseling, legislative, transactional, trial court level litigation, and appellate experience.  They may also request to work on projects in specific areas of the law such as employment, land use, tax certiorari, constitutional, administrative, environmental, and commercial law.  Learn about the 16 legal divisions at the Law Department.

Applicants for the Corporation Counsel Honors Fellowship Program must have a record of academic excellence and a demonstrable interest in urban affairs and governance.  Applicants must be graduating law school or be no more than three years out of law school. Applicants must also be either admitted to the New York State bar, in the process of becoming admitted, or currently in law school.  Successful candidates will be chosen by a committee of senior leadership at the Law Department. The fellowship term will be from fall 2023 to fall 2024. The fellowship stipend will be equal to the salary of a new attorney at the NYC Law Department plus City employee benefits. 

Applications should include a cover letter discussing what legal issues and experiences they would be most interested in exploring through the Honors Fellowship, a resume, writing sample, law school transcript, and a list of three references.

Applicants may apply for the 2022-2023 Corporation Counsel Honors Fellowship position through our online application portal.  The deadline to apply is September 30, 2022.

Questions regarding the Honors Fellowship may be sent to the Legal Recruitment Office.

Current law students seeking post graduation employment may also apply for our Entry-Level Attorney Positions.

NYC Care is Now Available Citywide

Membership in NYC Care is now available to New Yorkers in each borough. NYC Care is a health care access program for people who are not eligible for or cannot afford health insurance. The program ensures all New Yorkers, regardless of their income or immigration status, have equal access to comprehensive, high-quality care.

NYC Care members can benefit from personalized, coordinated care and, most importantly, the confidence and safety that comes from belonging to a system that cares about their health and their future.

With NYC Care, you can:

  • Receive care at NYC H+H locations across the city.
  • Receive preventative care, mental health support, and substance abuse services. 
  • Talk to customer service representatives in your language. 
  • Receive 24 hour access to low-cost prescription medications. 
  • Get your first appointment in two weeks or less.

To enroll, call 646-NYC-CARE.

To learn more about NYC Care, visit

Please join the effort to spread the word in your community about this important service through our multilingual fliers below (or click here for more resources): 

8th Annual NYC Multicultural Festival

8th Annual NYC Multicultural Festival



PALS Summer Reception & Panel Discussion: Thriving as a Summer Associate or Intern of Color, May 27

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Panel: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Networking  & Cocktail Reception: 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Mayer Brown
1221 Avenue of the Americas  (49th and 6th  – The McGraw Hill Building)

The PALS Thriving as a Summer Associate or Intern of Color Panel will provide students with career development tips to maximize their summer experience.  In addition to best practices for doing excellent work, panelists will discuss handling mid-summer evaluations, proper methods of obtaining feedback and developing relationships that will last beyond the summer.

The reception following the panel is open to all attorneys and law students. We invite all practicing attorneys to join us, meet our students and catch-up with old friends. In particular, we encourage attorney mentors and student mentees paired through PALS to attend this event together.


Sean Fairweather
Managing Counsel
The Bank of New York Mellon

Erin Gladney
Mayer Brown LLP

Ronald Sarubbi
Perkins Coie LLP  

Additional Panelists To Be Announced


Christian Elloie
Assistant General Counsel
Deloitte LLP

RSVP Today!  
Registration will close on Friday, May 22nd

PALS Mission Statement:

PALS is dedicated to enhancing the skills and careers of minority law students and early career attorneys. PALS does this by offering customized mentoring, educational and professional development opportunities. PALS provides resources to augment the law school and employer training of, respectively, minority law students and beginning lawyers, and will continue to offer its services free of charge.

PALS is a 501©(3) not-for-profit organization Providing Mentoring, Career and Skills Development for Minorities in the Legal Profession Since 1984

Preparing for Deferred Action: Special Training on Thursday, Jan. 29

The Manhattan Family Justice Center is hosting a special training on the recent executive actions on immigration. Please see details below.

Thursday, Jan. 29th 2-4 pm
Preparing for Deferred Action
Facilitated by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs & NY Legal Assistance Group

Topics will include:

  • Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)
  • Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • NYC response, city-wide resources and referral networks


NYC Family Justice Center, Manhattan
80 Centre Street, 5th Floor Training Room
New York, NY 10013

Please e-mail ASAP to reserve a spot. Space is limited.

Upcoming Manhattan Family Justice Center Trainings

Happy Holidays! The Manhattan Family Justice Center is happy to announce the following special trainingsOur training program provides professional development on relevant topics regarding intimate partner violence, sex trafficking, and elder abuse for service providers, community leaders, and city agencies. Please feel free to share widely. Our next round of core trainings will start in mid-February, and I will send a separate announcement for those soon.
Monday, Jan. 26th 2-4 pm
Dealing with Trauma: Helping Clients in Emotional Distress
Facilitated by the Mental Health Association of NY
  • How to talk to someone who is very upset or angry
  • How to de-escalate a crisis using body language and tone of voice
  • Basics of crisis counseling
  • How to conduct a basic risk assessment
  • What to do if someone says they are suicidal
  • Using the crisis hotline LifeNet as a resource
  • This is part 1 of a 2-part training – the second will focus on mental health, cognitive effects of trauma, and PTSD
Thursday, Jan. 29th 10 am – 1 pm
Youth & Intimate Partner Violence
Facilitated by Day One, Sanctuary for Families, and ACS
  • Teen dating violence 101 including different types of abuse, red flags, social media, Day One services
  • Impact of IPV on youth, mental health, PTSD, intergenerational cycles of violence, Sanctuary for Families youth services
  • ACS mandatory reporting regulations and case studies, ACS’ preventative work, ACS youth programs
Thursday, February 5th 10 am  1 pm
Intersections of Sexual Assault & Intimate Partner Violence: Focus on Intervention
Facilitated by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault, Mt. Sinai SAVI, & Black Women’s Blueprint
  • Legal and criminal definitions of sexual assault
  • Intersections of sexual violence and intimate partner violence
  • Comprehensive overview of sexual assault resources and services
  • How to talk to clients about sexual assault
  • Barriers to reporting, disclosing, and receiving services
  • How service providers can better support survivors through best practices
  • This is part 1 of a 2-part training – the second will focus on sexual assault prevention

Asian American Bar Association & New York Law School Host CLE Program Focused on Confronting Poverty in the Asian Pacific American Community on Nov. 18, 7pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           
November 18, 2014

Contact: Yang Chen, Executive Director, (718) 228-7206
Nancy Guida, (212) 431-2872

NEW YORK – November 18, 2014 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), the Racial Justice Project of the Impact Center for Public Interest Law at New York Law School (NYLS), and the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association at NYLS are hosting a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program, “Shattering the Model Minority Myth: Asian Pacific Americans Facing Poverty in New York City” at New York Law School. The program will take place on November 18, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at 185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013 in Room W401. A reception with light refreshments will precede the program.

Although Asian-/Pacific-Americans (APAs) have often been portrayed as well assimilated, “well off,” and successful, and considered a “model minority,” in reality many APAs experience significant socio-economic challenges. This CLE program and discussion forum will address the changing demographics and needs of the burgeoning APA population in New York City, as well as policies affecting the APA community’s access to language assistance and governmental benefits and services.  The program will also present legal tools and resources to enable law school students and members of the bar to offer pro bono or low-cost legal assistance to low or fixed-income members of this community.

The program will be moderated by Karen Kithan Yau, Esq., Co-chair of AABANY’s Government Service and Public Interest Committee (GSPIC).  Speakers include Wei Hu, Esq., Deputy Director of Policy and Research, Family Independence Administration (FIA), NYC Human Resources Administration / Department of Social Services (HRA); Hon. Lydia C. Lai, J.H.C., Kings County Housing Court Judge; Kavita Pawria-Sanchez, Esq., Assistant Commissioner, NYC Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs; and Grace Shim, Executive Director of MinKwon Center for Community Action.  This program will offer a total of 1.5 credits (both transitional and non-transitional).

The exciting collaboration between AABANY and NYLS aims to bring under-addressed issues to law students and the larger legal community, and to engage members of the bar in meaningful pro bono work.


For more information, please contact Yang Chen, AABANY Executive Director, at (718) 228-7206, or direct any inquiries to, or contact Nancy Guida at (212) 431-2872.

About New York Law School

Founded in 1891, New York Law School (NYLS) is an independent law school located in the heart of New York City’s legal, government, financial, and emerging tech centers. Known as “New York’s law school,” NYLS embraces the City as its classroom by complementing a rigorous legal education with an innovative and diverse set of “uniquely New York” experiential learning opportunities. Since opening our doors nearly 125 years ago, we have produced graduates who have gone on to hold high elected and appointed office in the City, lead large and small firms, and gain broad recognition as captains of business and industry. Our renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in such areas as constitutional law, civil and human rights, business and finance law, media and information law, tax law, real estate, and a number of interdisciplinary fields. NYLS has more than 17,000 graduates and currently enrolls approximately 1,000 full-time and part-time students in its J.D. program. The Law School also offers advanced-degree programs in American Business Law and Tax Law. Learn more about New York’s law school at


The Asian American Bar Association of New York is a professional membership organization of attorneys concerned with issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community.  Incorporated in 1989, AABANY seeks not only to encourage the professional growth of its members but also to advocate for the Asian Pacific American community as a whole.  AABANY is the New York regional affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).


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