Public Service

From Airport to Courtroom

As protestors rallied at airports and other locations around the country in opposition to President Trump’s executive order on immigration, Omar Jadwat '01 has helped lead the battle against a controversial immigration ban.
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For the Defense

Growing up with a mother who worked as a police officer, Emily New ’16 got a kind of homeschooling in the criminal justice system, but her sympathies lay with criminal defendants. This fall she will join the Orleans Public Defenders in New Orleans as a state attorney.
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A Diplomat for Democracy

In Ajani Husbands ’17 last posting with the US Department of State, South Sudan, he found himself at the airport wearing a helmet and flak jacket as he helped resident Americans leave a country suffering from violent civil unrest. Less than a year after the US military evacuated Husbands and the rest of his team, he arrived at NYU School of Law.
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Immigrant Rights

Professor Alina Das '05, co-director of the Immigrants Rights Clinic, receives the Woman of Distinction Award from the Women of Color Collective. Read more


A Culture of Public Service

NYU offers the most comprehensive public service infrastructure of any law school in the nation

Public Interest Summer Funding Grants guarantee funding for 1Ls and 2Ls who work in public interest and government positions.

The Loan Repayment Assistance Program encourages qualified students to pursue careers in public service by paying their debt burden in part or in full. 

The Root-Tilden-Kern Program, the nation’s premier public service scholarship, and the new Furman Public Policy Scholarship are just two of several public interest scholarship programs

Our Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic lets students spend a semester in Washington, DC, dividing their time between fieldwork in a government agency and classroom study.

Public Interest News in Brief

Public Interest Centers

Summer Funding Grants

Furman Public Policy Scholarship

The Furman Public Policy Scholarship, an innovative, challenging and experience-based program, is designed to train and support selected top students who are interested in pursuing careers in the public policy sector.

Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program

The Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program awards fellowships to a small group of third-year students committed to civil liberties and offers them special internships in civil liberties and other human rights organizations. The program has launched the careers of hundreds of important public interest lawyers.