Why participate in a Clinic?

Because experience matters. And Clinic experience is the real thing. It will make you invaluable to any employer.

When you participate in a clinic -- any clinic -- you gain real practical experience. You draft memos. You conduct research. You appear in court. You negotiate with adversaries and with collaborators. You counsel clients. You represent clients. You own the experience that gives you an advantage when employers choose whom to hire.

How to choose a clinic from among the clinics we offer?

You know which area of the law you intend to practice in and wish to increase your depth of knowledge while developing the experience necessary to jump start your career.

You wish to explore a new area of interest. Whatever your choice of clinic, you will expand your in-depth knowledge of the practice of law and possess skills that apply to any area.

Whatever your choice, know that clinical professors and peers will support you in every way and give you the attention you deserve.

Law in Action

Learn more about experiential and public interest opportunities at Fordham Law School

Statement of the Experiential Learning Anti-Racism Steering Committee

In light of the events of the recent past, and in furtherance of the statements made by Dean Diller and University President Fr. McShane, we wanted to let you know that Fordham Law School's Clinical Program is committed to becoming an anti-racist institution. We acknowledge that the policies and practices in our program are not immune from the dominance of the white norms and superiority in our society and the legal profession.  As a result, we have not identified and addressed policies and practices that perpetuate structural racism; have not placed Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) perspectives, voices, and leadership in the forefront; and have not consistently named and countered racism in its implicit and explicit manifestations.  The challenge is before us, and we must meet it.

To help us fight racism, inequality and injustice in all their manifestations, we have constituted an Experiential Learning Anti-Racism Steering Committee to guide the development of our aspirational goals and their specific mechanisms for implementation. Should you have any questions or are concerned that we are not reaching our goal, please speak with Charnyl Revere ([email protected]), the facilitator of the Steering Committee.

Michael W. Martin
Associate Dean for Experiential Education,
Director of Clinical Programs, and Clinical Professor of Law
[email protected]

  • Learn transactional lawyering by serving as counsel to nonprofit organizations pursuing racial, economic and social justice.

    Help low-income communities and low-wage workers build and sustain organizations to meet their needs and better their lives.

    Learn more about the Community Economic Development clinic.

  • Promote sustainability and profitability at the same time. Help businesses maximize their social, environmental, and financial outcomes.

    Learn more about the Corporate Social Responsibility clinic.

  • Defend the vulnerable and underrepresented. Represent clients in Manhattan Criminal Court and argue before a judge for their immediate release.

    Learn more about the Criminal Defense clinic.

  • Our system of government needs maintenance. Help strengthen our democracy.

    Learn more about the Democracy and the Constitution Clinic.

  • Students will provide transactional legal services to entrepreneurs and small business owners. They will also educate entrepreneurs about legal issues through podcast episodes and legal workshops in the community.

    Learn more about the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic.

  • Be an advocate for children. Help find appropriate educational services and programs from the NYC Department of Education for the city’s most vulnerable.

    Learn more about the Family Defense and Advocacy clinic.

  • Represent clients who have been accused of serious federal crimes and face the possibility of long prison terms. Depose witnesses, argue motions, and try cases.

    Learn more about the Federal Litigation clinic.

  • Help underrepresented individuals with their legal disputes involving the IRS. Craft tax-efficient strategies for small business owners.

    Learn more about the Federal Tax clinic.

  • The Global Anti-Racism Clinic, a joint initiative of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice and the Center on Race, Law and Justice engages students in projects that aim to challenge and redress racism, global discrimination and inequality at national, regional and international levels.

    Learn more about the Global Anti-Racism clinic.

  • Provide direct legal representation in a range of immigration matters. Help indigent non-citizens avoid deportation or gain legal status from federal immigration authorities.

    Learn more about the Immigrant Rights clinic.

  • Become a social justice advocate. Defend the human rights of marginalized populations at home and abroad.

    Learn more about the International Human Rights clinic.

  • The Law and Technology clinic will prepare students for the practice of law by working on issues at the intersection of law, technology, and social justice.

    Learn more about the Law and Technology clinic.

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

    Learn more about the Legislative and Policy Advocacy clinic.

  • Now is the time to take a scholarly but practical look at the adequacy of the Presidential Succession process . . . And take political action to improve it.

    Learn more about the Presidential Succession clinic.

  • Students work with disputing parties outside the courtroom and assist them in resolving their conflicts through problem-solving negotiation skills.

    Learn more about the Mediation clinic.

  • Use legal strategies to assist clients facing housing related issues, including eviction prevention, combating tenant harassment and discrimination and assisting tenant organizations in the movement to preserve affordable housing in New York City.

    Learn more about the Right to Housing and Litigation clinic.


    Advocate to improve how presidential elections work

    Learn more about Rule of Law clinic.

  • Protect small investors. Advocate for people whose claims oftentimes represent their life savings.

    Learn more about the Securities Litigation and Arbitration clinic.