The New York City Law Department sponsors an annual Corporation Counsel Honors Fellowship Program. The recipients of this paid, highly selective one-year Honors Fellowship work closely with Corporation Counsel, who serves as the chief lawyer of the City of New York, as well as other members of the Law Department’s senior staff on significant legal issues pertaining to municipal governance. The Honors Fellows enjoy a behind the scenes view into the operations and governance of the City of New York with a focus on the major legal issues facing the City during the course of the fellowship year.
Honors Fellows are welcome to express interest in working closely with specific division(s). Past Honors Fellows have gained significant counseling, legislative, transactional, trial court level litigation, and appellate experience. They may also request to work on projects in specific areas of the law such as employment, land use, tax certiorari, constitutional, administrative, environmental, and commercial law. Learn about the 16 legal divisions at the Law Department.
Applicants for the Corporation Counsel Honors Fellowship Program must have a record of academic excellence and a demonstrable interest in urban affairs and governance. Applicants must be graduating law school or be no more than three years out of law school. Applicants must also be either admitted to the New York State bar or in the process of becoming admitted. Successful candidates will be chosen by a committee of senior executives at the Law Department. The fellowship stipend will be equal to the salary of a first year attorney at the NYC Law Department plus City employee benefits.
Applications should include a resume, writing sample, law school transcript and three references. In addition, applicants must submit a statement of interest, of no more than 500 words, including a discussion of what legal issues and experiences they would be most interested in exploring through the Honors Fellowship.
The deadline to apply for the 2020-2021 Corporation Counsel Honors Fellowship position was September 30, 2019.
Questions regarding the Honors Fellowship may be sent to the Legal Recruitment Office.