Program Requirements

Students participating in HLDC will be required to attend an orientation session that will be held at Hofstra Law before the semester begins.

In connection with their field placements, students will be required to work a minimum of 40 hours a week for 14 weeks and will earn 10 credits (pass/fail).

Students may not receive any compensation for work at their placements.

In addition, each student will be expected to engage in at least one assignment that provides exposure to legislative process, rule-making, review and analysis of governmental statutes and/or other rules, or law reform efforts.

All students will also be required to enroll in the 3-credit Seminar on Law and Policymaking in Washington, D.C.

In connection with the seminar, HLDC students will also be expected to produce 15 to 20 pages of significant legal writing that requires in-depth legal research and analysis, and for which the student receives feedback from the field placement supervisor.

HLDC students will engage in critical reflection about their field placement work through weekly journal submissions and discussion with the program director.

During their placements, the HLDC program director will also meet one-on-one with each student and his or her placement supervisor to discuss the placement experience.

Students will be expected to document their hours in the placement. Both students and supervising attorneys must also submit evaluation forms at the conclusion of the placement.