Student Legal Specialist

The Law Department periodically hires evening law school students for paid full-time Student Legal Specialist positions.  These positions allow part-time students to gain hands-on practical experience during the day while they are attending law school at night. Depending on the division where the Student Legal Specialist is assigned, they may assist with case development, conduct legal research and writing, and even appear in court under supervision.  For more detail about the work our divisions handle, please refer to descriptions of the Law Department’s individual legal divisions.

Applicants for Student Legal Specialist positions must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college and have completed one and one-half years of evening law school study or two semesters of day law school.  Applicants also must be current law school students.  Applicants must also be residents of the City of New York or become residents within 90 days of appointment.

Current vacancies for Student Legal Specialists are listed below.

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MAYOR'S OFFICE OF SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT
The NYC Law Department is now accepting applications for the position of Student Legal Specialist serving in the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement (OSE), which is within the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.  Under the supervision of an attorney, student legal specialists in OSE will assist in the coordination of enforcement efforts to address quality of life issues such as adult use locations, lawless clubs, trademark counterfeiting bazaars, and illegal conversions of apartment buildings into hotels. OSE’s enforcement efforts span all five boroughs to address dangerous conditions at properties throughout the City that require a coordinated, multi-agency response.  OSE staff members include fire prevention inspectors, building inspectors, investigators, police officers, and attorneys.

The selected candidate for the position will report to OSE’s deputy and executive directors, and will support five agency attorneys,  performing duties that include, but are not limited to:
•  Supporting case development by  preparing case summaries and materials, preparing pleadings and subpoenas, handling discovery demands and responses to OSE demands, scheduling depositions, preparing summonses, and organizing materials for team case review and status reports.
•  Enhancing trial and hearing proceedings by organizing evidence, preparing exhibits, scheduling witnesses, ensuring witness readiness, and taking courtroom notes.
•  Conducting legal and factual background research and preparing research memos.
•  Organizing files, monitoring calendars, documenting actions, inputting information into file databases and case management software, confirming case status with attorneys.

Applicants must possess excellent research and writing skills, and oral communication abilities.

Applicants must currently be enrolled in law school as a matriculated part time second, third or rising fourth year student.  Applicants must be able to work full-time 9-5pm hours.

Candidates selected to move forward in the application process will be required to provide two legal writing samples, list of references and an unofficial law school transcript.

The deadline to apply is October 30, 2016.

Please click the following link to apply to Job ID 265604 - https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/?jobPath=psc/nycjobs/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRS.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=265604&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1 . Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document under "resume" and a writing sample under "cover letter."  Cover letters may be addressed to:

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

If you have questions about the position, you can contact you can contact us at: recruitment@law.nyc.gov.

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COMMERCIAL AND REAL ESTATE LITIGATION DIVISION
Under the supervision of an attorney, student legal specialists in the Commercial and Real Estate Litigation Division assume direct responsibility for a wide variety of breach of contract and lien foreclosure actions brought against the City of New York, its constituent agencies and entities. Working pursuant to student practice orders of the Appellate Divisions, the person selected for the position will communicate with clients, conduct investigations, prepare pleadings and requests for and responses to discovery, draft and argue motions, and possibly conduct small trials.

Applicants must possess excellent research and writing skills, and oral communication abilities.

Applicants must currently be enrolled in law school as a matriculated part time second, third or rising fourth year student.  Applicants must be able to work full-time 9-5pm hours.

Candidates selected to move forward in the application process will be required to provide two legal writing samples, list of references and an unofficial law school transcript.

Please click the following link to apply to Job ID 242914- https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/?jobPath=psc/nycjobs/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRS.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=242914&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document under "resume" and a writing sample under "cover letter."  Cover letters may be addressed to:

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

If you have questions about the position, you can contact you can contact us at: recruitment@law.nyc.gov.

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LEGAL COUNSEL DIVISION, GRANTS AND COMPLIANCE UNIT
The Law Department seeks a Student Legal Specialist (Law Student) to join the Grants & Compliance Unit of the Legal Counsel Division which provides counsel to City agencies with respect to lawful claiming and expenditure of funds from federal and state programs and assists City agencies with audits and investigations of these programs.

This position encompasses work of varying degrees of difficulty and responsibility performed under supervision of the Chief of the Unit and/or attorneys which may include but is not limited to:
- Performing legal research supporting the Unit’s activities.
- Assisting with document organization and production related to investigations and audits.
- Preparing documents, including correspondence and memorandums.
- Updating the Unit’s legal resources.
- On occasion, may perform related tasks for division attorneys not assigned to the unit.
- Performing routine administrative duties when necessary including: photocopying, reserving conference rooms, and managing attorneys' calendars.
- Communicating with attorneys and support staff both within and outside the Unit.

Applicants should have excellent interpersonal, research and writing skills. Applicants must also be proficient in Lexis Advance, Microsoft Word and Excel. Applicants must be able to work full-time 9-5pm hours.

Please click the following link to apply to Job ID 243282- https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/?jobPath=psc/nycjobs/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRS.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=243282&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document under "resume" and a writing sample under "cover letter."  Cover letters may be addressed to:

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

If you have questions about the position, you can contact you can contact us at: recruitment@law.nyc.gov.

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New York City is an equal opportunity employer that bases its hiring decisions on merit and fitness, as required by the New York Constitution and the New York Civil Service Law. The City's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy requires that employment decisions be made without discrimination prohibited by federal, state or local law based on race, color, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, religion or creed, gender (including gender identity), disability, age, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, marital status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, sexual orientation, or status as a victim of domestic violence, a sex offense or stalking.