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Public Service

Earn Your Law Degree in Helping Others

At Hofstra Law, we are committed to providing substantial opportunities for our students to engage in a wide range of public service activities during law school. You have the opportunity to provide pro bono services in the community with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and private law firms or practitioners.

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Clinical Programs

Working in a clinic is your opportunity to learn from our experienced faculty to hone your skills in counseling clients, conducting fact investigations, and advocating in court while representing people facing real legal challenges.

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Unique Opportunities

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Institutes and Centers

These centers of excellence foster research, education, and action on critical issues facing today’s society. You can work collaboratively with a professor to develop scholarship and organize thought-leadership events that impact the community and the legal profession.

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Pro Bono Work

Provide pro bono services in the community with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and private law firms or practitioners.

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Public Justice Foundation

Hofstra Law’s Public Justice Foundation helps to ensure that quality legal services are provided to those who would otherwise be marginalized or forgotten in the justice system.

64,000 Hours of Pro Bono Service

Collectively Contributed by Hofstra Law’s Class of 2020

Internships and Externships

Hofstra Law students have interned and externed at these selected public service-related organizations:

  • Brooklyn Family Defense Project
  • Catholic Charities Immigrant Services
  • The Children’s Law Center
  • Global Justice Center
  • HIV Law Project
  • The Humane League
  • Lawyers for Children
  • The Legal Aid Society
  • Mental Hygiene Legal Service
  • Nassau County Attorney’s Office
  • Nassau County District Attorney’s Office
  • Nassau Suffolk Law Services
  • New York County Defender
  • New York State Appellate Division, Second Department — Hon. Leonard B. Austin ’77
  • New York State Attorney General’s Office
  • Pro Bono Partnership
  • Suffolk County Legal Aid
  • Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Public Service

Hofstra Law Cares

Hofstra Law students regularly volunteer in our local community. For the Thanksgiving Holiday, students collect canned foods and other goods that are then stocked in the local food pantry.

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