There are many volunteer part-time internship opportunities during the fall and spring semesters. However, funding is limited.
In addition, academic credit may be available through the Externship Program.
There are Fordham Law sponsored semester and academic year long fellowships which include:
▪The Durr Fellowship (Full Year): Fellows are placed at Lawyers for Children , an organization dedicated to protecting the rights of children, in proceedings concerning the termination of parental rights, adoption, guardianship, custody and visitation. Fellows learn practical lawyering skills including ensuring compliance with court orders; drafting motions, memos and briefs; conducting legal research; going to Family Court; maintaining client contact; and interacting with legal and social work staff. Fellows receive a $4,000 stipend. For more information, contact Greer Ellis at 212-636-6938 or email GMELLIS@law.fordham.edu.▪The New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation/ Feerick Center for Social Justice (Feerick Center): Fellows provide programmatic and administrative assistance to the following Feerick Center initiatives:
• The Domestic Violence and Consumer Law Project which strives to expand and enhance the capacity of New York City’s social and legal services community to better address the consumer debt, asset building, and financial literacy needs of domestic violence survivors.
• The CLARO Program which provides limited, legal advice to unrepresented debtor-defendants through work in partnership with bar associations, legal services providers, and the Court.
• The False and Deceptive Ad Project, a collaboration with the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, through which recent graduates and J.D. and LL.M. student volunteers conduct educational programs on false and deceptive advertising at senior citizen centers throughout New York City’s immigrant neighborhoods.
For more information, contact Dean Robert J. Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪Women’s Bar Foundation/Sanctuary for Families: The Fellowship is awarded to a student to work part-time with the Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services, the legal component of Sanctuary for Families (SFF). The intern assists attorneys working in domestic violence, criminal, matrimonial and immigration matters. The fellow works 15 hours a week and receives $4,000 for the academic year and may receive four academic credits for participation in the Interdisciplinary Center’s Family and Child Advocacy externship course. At the discretion and approval of SFF, a student may be able to participate in the Fellowship for one semester to enable two separate students to take part, one during the fall and the other during the spring semester; the academic credit and stipend will then be divided in half. The application for 2012-2013 is available here.
▪Research assistants to Fordham Law Faculty: A significant number of Fordham Law faculty members are engaged in scholarship, legal practice, and policy work on a broad range of pubic interest issues.