The Law Department selects approximately 50 Summer Honors Program interns from over 2,500 applications submitted each year. Weekly stipends of $750 are offered to all second-year summer interns and most first-year summer interns. Out-of-town law student interns may be eligible for free summer housing.
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 commissioners, 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. Many take or defend depositions. Interns in the Appeals Division draft three or four appellate briefs from start to finish. Interns in the Family Court Division regularly appear in court to argue motions and conduct arraignments.
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.
The Law Department participates in the on-campus interviewing process at more than 40 law schools and job fairs.
Second-year law students interested in applying for the Summer Honors Program should submit their application through our online application system after August 1 as well as through their school's on-campus interviewing process, if available.
First-year law students should submit their applications through our online application system after December 1. Where available, we prefer to see first-semester grades. The Law Department interviews first-year law students at several on-campus interview days and Spring job fairs.
There is no final application deadline. Hiring decisions are made on a rolling basis with most offers being extended prior to March 31. Applicants are advised to discuss their division preferences in their cover letters, and to follow the Law Department's application guidelines.
Applications can be addressed to:
Stuart D. Smith, Esq.
Director of Legal Recruitment
New York City Law Department
100 Church Street
New York, NY 10007