Section Description Provided by Instructor
Students will do associate-level legal work at an organization that is a member of the Leap Legal Advocacy Partnership (leap-ny.org) or a comparable organization. Students in the class will meet individually with the externship teachers to identify which member(s) of Leap would be likely to provide an opportunity to both work on issues of importance to them and explore advocacy methodologies of interest to them. If no Leap organization satisfies the student's learning goals, other organizations may be selected. The co-teachers will manage a process of matching students with the designated organizations.
Leap was chosen to provide the field placements for this externship because its 14 members (a) work collaboratively to increase the availability, breadth and depth of quality community-based civil legal services for low-income persons and communities in New York City and (b) individually offer high quality, diverse and innovative organizational models, delivery systems and methodologies. Leap's membership includes established single community legal services providers and city-wide public interest advocacy groups in areas such as: Access to Health Care, Consumer Law, Disability Rights Law, Domestic Violence, Elder Law, Employment/Labor Law, Environmental Justice, Family Law, Government Benefits, HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Housing, Immigration, Mental Health, Public Assistance and Special Education.