Summer Honors Program - FAQ

How do I apply?
When should I apply for the Summer Honors Program?
Are Summer Honors interns paid?
Who is eligible for housing?
Where is the housing?
Does the Law Department hire first-year law students for the Summer Honors Program?
Can interns split the summer?
How many second-year law students in the Summer Honors Program receive offers for permanent employment?
How are interns assigned to divisions?
Can interns rotate between divisions?
Is there a mentor program for summer interns?
How many different attorneys will I be working with during the summer?
What kind of events are there for summer honors interns?
Is there a City residency requirement?
Is there a U.S. citizenship requirement?

How do I apply?

Second-year law students interested in applying for the Summer Honors Program should submit their application through our online application system after August 1, as well as through their school's on-campus interviewing process, if available. 

First-year law students should submit their applications through our online application system after December 1. Where available, we prefer to see first-semester grades. The Law Department interviews first-year law students at several on-campus interview days and Spring job fairs.

There is no final application deadline. Hiring decisions are made on a rolling basis with most offers being extended prior to March 31.   Applicants are advised to discuss their division preferences in their cover letters, and to follow the Law Department's application guidelines.

Applications can be addressed to:

Stuart D. Smith, Esq.
Director of Legal Recruitment
New York City Law Department
100 Church Street
New York, NY 10007

Any questions about the position may be sent to recruitment@law.nyc.gov.  

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When should I apply for the Summer Honors Program?
Second-year law students should apply through the fall On-Campus Interview (OCI) process at their school or apply through our on-line application process after August 1, which will be posted on this site after that date.  First-year law students should submit their applications through our online application system after December 1 or through the Spring on-campus interview days and job fairs in which we participate.

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Are Summer Honors interns paid?
Yes, we offer $750 per week stipends to all 2L interns and most 1L interns. Free housing is available during the nine-week program to summer interns who both attend law school outside of commuting distance of the City and have permanent addresses outside of commuting distance of the City. Students who have their own funding, either in lieu of or in addition to the Law Department's stipend, should let us know in their application cover letter.

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Who is eligible for housing?
The housing eligibility requirements are that summer interns must both attend law school outside of commuting distance of the City and have permanent addresses outside of commuting distance of the City.

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Where is the housing?
Summer interns are housed in New York University Law School dormitories.

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Does the Law Department hire first-year law students for the Summer Honors Program?
We usually hire 15 to 20 first-year law students. First-year law students are also paid. They participate in the same activities as the second-year law students in the Program.

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Can interns split the summer?
We require interns to work eight of the nine weeks of our program, which normally starts the first Monday in June and ends the first Friday in August. Interns are free to arrange other internships for the remaining weeks of the summer.

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How many second-year law students in the Summer Honors Program receive offers for permanent employment?
While the number changes every year, in 2016, 21 of the 23 eligible second year students in our Summer Honors Program received offers of permanent employment.

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How are interns assigned to divisions?
Interns provide us with their division preferences when hired and are usually assigned to their first or second choice division. We try to place second-year students in divisions with openings for graduating law students, such as Tort, Family Court, Special Federal Litigation, Labor and Employment Law, and General Litigation.

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Can interns rotate between divisions?
No. We find that continuity in supervision permits us to give interns increasingly challenging work over the course of the summer. The work within each division is varied enough to give interns a wide range of experiences.

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Is there a mentor program for summer interns?
Yes. Each summer intern is assigned a mentor. Ideally, the mentor will be an attorney who will not be assigning work directly to the intern.

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How many different attorneys will I be working with during the summer?
Each intern should receive several major assignments during the summer with different attorney supervisors. The number and nature of assignments vary by division.

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What kind of events are there for Summer Honors Program interns?
While field trips and speakers change from year to year, events for the 2017 Summer Honors Program included:

  • Cocktail reception in honor of the Summer Honors Program interns sponsored by the Law Department's Diversity Recruitment and Retention Committee
  • Shakespeare in the Park
  • Boat tour of Law Department waterfront projects
  • Tour of Governors Island with Marni Friedlander, the General Counsel for the Trust for Governors Island
  • Various "Hot Topic" discussions led by Law Department attorneys about current, interesting cases and projects
  • "The Trial of Ethel Rosenberg" dramatic trial reenactment with Second Circuit Judge Denny Chin, Kathy Hirata Chin, and various Law Department actors

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Is there a City residency requirement?
No.

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Is there a U.S. citizenship requirement?
No, but we do require our interns to be enrolled in an accredited United States or Canadian law school.

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