DOP’s General Counsel’s Office handles cases in cooperation with the New York City Law Department. Additionally, the General Counsel's Office monitors all Violation of Probation appeals; responds to Freedom of Information Act requests; and is involved in contracts, memoranda of understanding, stipulations, labor disputes, and discrimination complaints.
We are seeking law school students who are interested in learning about how DOP helps to safeguard public safety while seeking to move our clients out of the criminal justice system for good. Interns are expected to work no more than 20 hours per week; the duration of the internship is three months.
Internships are offered at both the agency’s headquarters at 33 Beaver Street in Manhattan and in field offices located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island.
Interns assigned to agency headquarters will conduct research, draft Memoranda of Law on issues relating to law practice, prepare cases for trial, and work on special projects.
The field offices work primarily on violation enforcement. They represent DOP in prosecuting violations against defendants who fail to comply with their terms of probation. The field office also counsels probation officers in Family and Adult Court conferences. Interns assigned to the field offices may be involved in preparing cases for violation hearings, gathering evidence, reviewing Court records and interviewing witnesses. They would also accompany DOP attorneys to court and interact with Court Personnel, the Office of the District Attorney, and other governmental agencies.
Students will have access to LexisNexis and will learn Time Matters, a legal case management software program.