The Law Department selects approximately 50 Summer Honors Program interns from almost 3,000 applications submitted each year. Weekly stipends of $500 are offered to all 2L summer interns and a limited number of 1L interns. Free housing is also available to out-of-town law students.
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, most of our entry attorney positions have been filled with former participants of our Summer Program.
Whether or not a law student is considering permanent employment with the Law Department, the Summer Honors Program offers a unique insider's view of City government. Summer interns visit the City's police training facility, enjoy a barbeque at Gracie Mansion, and attend seminars with Law Department attorneys, agency commissioners and federal and state court judges.
All of the divisions of the Law Department offer summer interns hands-on practical experience. Summer interns regularly draft motion papers and briefs that are filed in court. Many take or defend a depositions. Appeals interns draft three or four appellate briefs from start to finish. Interns in the Family Court Division regularly stand up in court to argue motions and conduct arraignments. For more detail about what interns do, please refer to our descriptions for each individual division.
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