The New York City Law Department sponsors an annual Corporation Counsel Clerkship. The recipient of this paid one-year post-graduate fellowship works 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 gains 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 development. For a description of the 17 legal divisions at the Law Department, please click here.
Applicants must have a record of academic excellence and a demonstrable interest in urban affairs and governance. The successful candidate is chosen by a committee of senior executives at the Law Department. The clerkship stipend is equivalent to the salary of a first year attorney at the NYC Law Department, which is currently $62,038, plus benefits.
The application deadline for the 2013 Clerkship was November 16, 2012.
Questions regarding the Clerkship may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.