The Government and Public Service Placements allow students to gain experience in public service in a variety of settings, including state government, federal government, local government and not-for-profit organizations. Included are legislative placements that allow students to help develop policy and law, government agency placements that allow students to work in a variety of regulatory and statutory fields, local government placements that allow students to experience the inner-workings of government at the local level, and not-for-profit agency placements that allow students to become involved with various areas of law and policy in a public, but non-governmental, setting. Each placement offers particular, specific and unique opportunities to obtain hands-on experience and to network with government and non-government attorneys. Students are required to participate in the weekly classroom session of the Government and Public Service class.
There are two government law classes offered. One class incorporates issues from environmental and energy law as part of government law practice. The other class incorporates issues and examples from health law. Students in environmental and health law placements are asked to select the class section accordingly. Students in all other government, public service, or science and technology placements may select either class.
Government Agencies, Legislature, County and Local Government, Public Service
County & Local Government
NYS State Government - Executive
NYS State Government - Legislative
NYS Senate Majority Counsel's Office - Senate Policy Group (Spring registration only) - Additional InformationAdditional application requirements: writing sample
NYS State Government - Agencies
NYS Department of Financial Services
NYS State Government - Public Service
Environmental and Energy Depending on the particular placement location, students will be assigned to work with attorneys on various legal tasks which may include cases in litigation and other environmental advocacy initiatives, including legislation. Subject areas may include toxic waste litigation, prosecuting environmental crimes, air and water pollution and Article 78 practice (e.g., defending in court administrative determinations of the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Adirondack Park Agency and other state agencies).
Health LawIn the Health Law Placement, students have the opportunity to explore health law practice in a variety of settings. Placements include litigation and enforcement settings in which students may assist attorneys in civil litigation against health plans, drug manufacturers, or other business engaged in illegal or deceptive practices, or in the investigation or prosecution health care crimes such as Medicaid fraud; State regulatory settings in which students assist counsel in developing initiatives or legislative proposals in such areas as universal health care, medical malpractice, consumer protection, or in implementing and enforcing of health regulations; and not-for-profit health care organizations in which students may assist in contract, regulatory compliance, and dispute resolution matter.
NYS Department of Health, Division of Legal Affairs, Bureau of Administrative Hearings - Additional Information (see also Government Placements)
Science & Technology Placements