The Law Department selects approximately 50 Summer Honors Program interns from over 2,500 applications submitted each year. Traditionally, the Law Department is able to offer weekly stipends of $750 to our summer interns. Due to current budgetary constraints, we are still determining whether we will be able to offer stipends to our 2021 summer honors interns. We have determined that we are unable to provide free summer housing to out of town summer interns in 2021.
The Law Department is perhaps the only public sector/public interest employer in the country to make offers of permanent employment to its second-year summer interns based on their performance during the summer. In the past few years, about half of our entry class attorney positions have been filled with former participants of our Summer Honors Internship Program.
Whether or not a law student is considering permanent employment with the Law Department, the Summer Honors Program offers a unique insider's view of City government. Summer interns take part in scheduled recreational activities to learn more about the City of New York and attend seminars with Law Department attorneys, agency general counsels, and federal and State court judges.
The Law Department’s varied divisions offer summer interns hands-on practical experience. Summer interns regularly draft motion papers and briefs that are filed in court. Interns in our Tort Division take or defend depositions and take part in pre-trial court proceedings. Interns in the Special Federal Litigation Division are assigned to work on a trial with a trial team over the course of the summer. Interns in the Family Court Division regularly interview victims and witnesses and appear in court.
The majority of second year summer interns work in one of our litigating divisions. First year summer intern candidates may be placed in any of the Law Department’s 16 legal divisions. For more details about what interns do, please refer to descriptions of the Law Department’s individual legal divisions. Read more about our Program in our Frequently Asked Questions. 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 on our Law Department Ambassadors page. Any other questions can be directed to the Law Department's Legal Recruitment Office.
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, for second year summer intern candidates, as many of our second year interns 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.
The Law Department participates in the on-campus interviewing process at more than 40 law schools and job fairs. We are also accept write-in applications through our website. Apply for our 2021 Summer Honors Program through this link.
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 email@example.com.
The NYC Law Department is an equal opportunity employer.