The NYC Law Department's approximately 1,000 lawyers and 890 support professionals work collaboratively to pursue justice and promote the public good by providing New York City with the highest quality legal representation. The Law Department represents the City, the Mayor, other elected officials, and the City's many agencies in all affirmative and defensive civil litigation, as well as juvenile delinquency proceedings brought in Family Court. In all our work, the Law Department is guided in our values: Dedication, Diversity, Excellence, Integrity, Justice, Professional Development, Respect, Supportive Work Environment, and Teamwork.
We are still determining what our hiring capabilities will be for our 2021 entry-level attorney class. Each year, the Law Department typically hires an entry class of recent law school graduates. These new attorneys receive unparalleled, hands-on legal experience in a supportive learning environment. New attorneys attend extensive orientation and training programs. They then take responsibility for their own matters, supervised closely by experienced attorneys. A majority of new attorneys work in one of our litigating divisions where they engage in the day-to-day work of state and federal court litigation, including drafting motions, conducting depositions, exchanging discovery and appearing in court and at depositions. These divisions generally include: Tort, Labor and Employment, Special Federal Litigation, Family Court, General Litigation, Commercial and Real Estate Litigation, and Workers’ Compensation. Entry class attorneys are paid $73,579 with full benefits.
Read more about our entry level Assistant Corporation Counsel position and our application process in our Frequently Asked Questions. To learn more about the Law Department's legal divisions, you can read the descriptions of the divisions or the Office's Annual Reports. In addition, you can reach out to Law Department attorneys who have volunteered to be contacted by applicants interested in learning more about our work through our Law Department Ambassadors page.
What We Look For
The Law Department looks for candidates who are committed to public service, pursuing justice and serving the common good. To best serve the City we represent, the Law Department seeks individuals from a variety of backgrounds who can bring different perspectives to contribute to the work of the office. The Law Department also seeks candidates who want to contribute to a work environment that values teamwork, inclusion and respect. Finally, as many of our entry-level attorneys work in litigating divisions, the Law Department seeks candidates who have experience in moot court, trial advocacy, debate, public speaking, or litigation/mediation clinics or internships.
How to Apply
While we are still determining what our hiring capabilities will be for our 2021 entry-level attorney class, we are accepting and reviewing applications. Please note that we may place some applications on hold for a period of time until our hiring needs are more clear.
The Law Department participates in the on-campus interviewing process at law schools and job fairs, and we also accept applications through our online application system. Recent law graduates who have judicial clerkships may apply for the entry class following the term of their clerkship. The Law Department recruits law graduates nationwide. Our approximately 1,000 attorneys include alumni from more than 80 law schools.
Applications can be addressed to:
Deputy Director of Legal Recruitment
New York City Law Department
100 Church Street
New York, NY 10007
Any questions about the position may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NYC Law Department is an equal opportunity employer.