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Legislative and Policy Advocacy

Advocate for important changes to New York State and City law to promote civil rights and protect the disenfranchised.

Working with grassroots groups and legal advocacy organizations, Fordham's Legislative and Policy Advocacy clinic students draft legislative and regulatory proposals, policy papers and reports; meet with legislators and their staffers; and conduct legal and social science research from across the country.

Students also collaborate with dynamic social change leaders from across the City and State, work in coalitions to achieve our clients' goals, and raise awareness of issues among the public to achieve reform and to create social change. 

In recent years, clinic students have advocated on key issues affecting the lives of countless New Yorkers, including:

  • Tenants' Rights 
  • Consumer Rights
  • Rights of Incarcerated People
  • Low-income Taxpayers' Rights
  • Transgender Rights 
  • Children's and Parents' Rights 

With its diversity and depth of issues, heterogeneous communities, and vibrant politics, New York City is the perfect place to learn to be a legislative and policy advocate. Plus, the skills you learn and the experience you get will prepare you to be an effective attorney - whether you pursue a career in legislative advocacy, litigation, or virtually any other practice area. 

Without the Legislative and Policy Advocacy Clinic, I would not be where I am today. Both the practical and legal skills I developed during my time in the clinic were invaluable in beginning my career in government and policy, and continue to be relevant years later.

Kelly Taylor, Sr. Legislative Counsel
New York City Council
Legislative and Policy Clinic 2011

We work hard, learn a lot, and make a difference -- without setting foot into a courtroom!