The New York City Law Department sponsors an annual Corporation Counsel Honors Fellowship Program for one or two recent graduates a year. The recipients of this paid, highly selective one-year Honors Fellowship enjoy a behind the scenes view into the operations and governance of the City of New York with a focus on the major legal issues facing the City during the course of their fellowship year.
Honors Fellows are welcome to express interest in working closely with specific division(s). Past Honors Fellows have gained significant counseling, legislative, transactional, trial court level litigation, and appellate experience. They may also request to work on projects in specific areas of the law such as employment, land use, tax certiorari, constitutional, administrative, environmental, and commercial law. Learn about the 18 legal divisions at the Law Department.
Applicants for the Corporation Counsel Honors Fellowship Program must have a record of academic excellence and a demonstrable interest in urban affairs and governance. Applicants must be graduating law school or be no more than three years out of law school. Applicants must also be either admitted to the New York State bar, in the process of becoming admitted, or currently in law school. Successful candidates will be chosen by a committee of senior leadership at the Law Department. The fellowship term will be from fall 2024 to fall 2025. The fellowship stipend will be equal to the salary of a new attorney at the NYC Law Department plus City employee benefits.
Applications should include a cover letter discussing what legal issues and experiences they would be most interested in exploring through the Honors Fellowship, a resume, writing sample, law school transcript, and a list of three references.
Questions regarding the Honors Fellowship may be sent to the Legal Recruitment Office.
The application period for the 2024-2025 Corporation Counsel Honors Fellowship Program is now closed. We will being accepting applications for the 2025-2026 Honors Fellowship in August 2024.
Current law students seeking post graduation employment may also apply for our Entry-Level Attorney Positions, which is a separate application process.
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