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Through academic coursework and exposure to a variety of public interest law practice, the Stein Scholars program provides participating students with a firm grounding in legal ethics and with the analytical tools needed to examine the role of lawyers in society.

The Program includes an externship component that gives students the opportunity to work in public interest law settings during the summers. These externships are supported by stipends available through the generous support of the Stein family.

Stein Scholars are required to do an externship during the summer after their first year and attend a Stein section of the summer externship seminar (there is an "out-of-town section) that includes readings and discussions related to the externship for which they receive two academic credits. First-year students are supported by a stipend of $4,000.

Second-year and third-year evening division Stein Scholars may opt to do a summer externship and receive stipends of $5,000 for their second or third placement.

During their second year, Stein Scholars are required to enroll in two courses dealing with ethics and public interest law. In the fall semester, Stein Scholars can choose between Ethics and Public Interest Law, which focuses on civil practice, and Ethics in Criminal Advocacy, which examines the ethical responsibilities of lawyers who work in the criminal justice system.

In the Spring of their second year, Stein Scholars enroll in an Advanced Seminar on Ethics and Public Interest Law. In the Advanced Seminar, students work in small groups with public interest law offices in New York City. These group projects enable Stein Scholars to apply the principles considered in the classroom to real life situations.

Stein Scholars extern/intern in a variety of placements in legal services, government, and other public interest settings, both in the United States and abroad.