Areas of Placement
Over 100 students participate in the field placement program each year. Most placements involve public interest and public service.
Public Interest – Students work in public interest organizations to better the lives of people who often have no voice in the legal system: immigrants seeking protection; victims of domestic violence, abuse or neglect; indigent clients facing eviction or foreclosure; people with disabilities experiencing discrimination, etc.
Criminal Law – Students work in Public Defender’s offices representing clients in the criminal justice system or with District Attorney Offices, the offices responsible for prosecuting crimes.
Government and Public Service – Students intern in local, state or federal government, or not-for-profit organizations. Placements include the legislature, state or city agencies. Students may work in various fields including environmental law, health law, real property, technology, or labor and employment law.
Judicial/Courts – Students work in a city, county, state or federal court under the supervision of a judge or magistrate and their law clerks. Students observe judicial proceedings, participate in chamber discussions, review files, conduct research and write proposed decisions or bench memoranda.
U.S. Attorney – Students work with the US Attorney’s Office assisting AUSAs in litigation on behalf of the U.S. government including prosecution of violations of federal criminal law and prosecution and defense in civil actions, suits or proceedings in which the government is concerned.
Racial Justice – The Justice Center has taken steps to identify new field placements that offer students opportunities to work on policy, research, and advocacy addressing racial justice.
Semester in Practice – An opportunity to immerse themselves in judicial, governmental, public and select private law offices across the country for an intense full-time semester-long placement experience.
City Semester Program – Students have the opportunity to study outside the Capital Region by taking a blend of online and field placement courses in cities like New York City, Washington, D.C., and Boston.