Earn your law degree in Helping Others


With the right tools, your passion for healing the world can make you a hero. Since our inception we have believed in the value of an education steeped in legal theory and practical experience, of which the pro bono involvement of our students is a critical component. 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.

HOFSTRA LAW’S CLASS OF 2018 COLLECTIVELY CONTRIBUTED

82,739 HOURS OF PRO BONO SERVICE

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. All second-year and third-year students are eligible to participate in one of our 11 clinical programs:

 

Asylum Clinic
In the Asylum Clinic, you will represent political asylum applicants in immigration proceedings before asylum officers, immigration judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

 

Clinical Prosecution Practicum
In the Clinical Prosecution Practicum, you will have the opportunity to work in a local district attorney’s office and participate under a Student Practice Order in the prosecution of criminal cases under the close supervision of a faculty member, as well as an assistant district attorney who serves as the field placement supervisor.

 

Community and Economic Development Clinic
In the Community and Economic Development Clinic, you will provide transactional (non-litigation) assistance to nonprofits, community-based organizations and microenterprises in low-income communities in and around Nassau County, with a preference for clients that contribute to social and economic justice.

 

Criminal Justice Clinic
In the Criminal Justice Clinic, you will represent indigent clients charged with misdemeanors in Nassau County District Court, providing the entire range of legal representation, from initial interview to sentencing.

 

Deportation Defense Clinic (DDC)
In the Deportation Defense Clinic (DDC), you will advocate on behalf of immigrant populations most at risk of deportation. The DDC’s activities are shaped by the constantly changing landscape of immigration enforcement.

 

Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Clinical Practicum
In the Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Clinical Practicum, you will provide transactional (non-litigation) assistance to small businesses and startup companies, with a particular focus on intellectual property issues that arise for startups in the earliest stages of venture formation.

Family Law Practicum
In the Family Law Practicum, paired with a Hofstra psychology student and under the supervision of a faculty member, you will have the opportunity to conduct mediations on parenting issues with real clients in the Nassau County Family Court or the Nassau County Supreme Court Matrimonial Center.

 

Federal Tax Clinical Practicum
In the Federal Tax Clinical Practicum, you will represent taxpayers in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service concerning the determination, collection or refund of any tax; additions to tax; penalties; or interest under the Internal Revenue Code.

 

Immigration Clinical Practicum
In the Immigration Clinical Practicum, you will represent clients on various immigration applications, including naturalization, adjustment and family petitions. Most students are partnered with the Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN), a Hempstead nonprofit.

 

Robert W. Entenmann Veterans Law Clinic
In the Robert W. Entenmann Veterans Law Clinic, you will help veterans obtain disability (and thus, often, health care) benefits and apply for discharge upgrades.

 

Youth Advocacy Clinic
In the Youth Advocacy Clinic, you will learn the facets of client advocacy through the challenging experience of representing youth in special immigrant juvenile matters and child maltreatment cases.

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.

 

The Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies
The Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies is designed to meet the need for education and training of attorneys in the complex field of real estate law, offer instruction for and foster relationships between real estate professionals, and provide a center of excellence for the interdisciplinary study of real estate business and law.

 

Center for Applied Legal Reasoning
The Center for Applied Legal Reasoning provides a forum for studying theories of legal reasoning, researching issues related to the solving of legal problems, decision-making in practice, and the development of pedagogies to train law students for the practice of law.

 

Center for Children, Families and the Law
The Center for Children, Families and the Law is an interdisciplinary center for education, research and public service focused on children and families involved in the legal system.

Center for Intellectual Property Law
The Center for Intellectual Property Law (CIPL) houses all the academic intellectual property law programs at Hofstra Law. In addition to serving as a connection hub for our students and alumni in the IP field, CIPL is dedicated to research and the promotion of knowledge on all issues related to intellectual property and innovation law and policy.

 

Center for Legal Advocacy
The Center for Legal Advocacy features innovative programs and approaches aimed at improving client representation skills and enhancing the level of service the profession offers the public. The Trial Skills Program builds upon Hofstra Law’s established strengths in the areas of advocacy and alternative dispute resolution.

 

Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics
The mission of the Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics is to serve as a research center for the exploration of critical issues concerning lawyers’ ethics and the legal profession.

Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy
The Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy was designed to meet the need for education and training of attorneys in the rapidly expanding field of health law, provide instruction for health care professionals who are encountering increasingly complicated laws affecting the delivery of health care, and provide a center of excellence for the study and formulation of health care policy.

 

Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation
The mission of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation (ISCT) is to study and promote the understanding of conflict processes and intervention from the transformative framework.

 

Law, Logic & Technology Research Laboratory
The Law, Logic & Technology Research Laboratory, also known as the LLT Lab, is dedicated to inventing and making available tools that make legal practice and legal education more effective and more efficient.

Careers

Public Service Law widely describes a range of different practices that serve the public. Public service lawyers work in local, state and federal government agencies, in nonprofit and legal aid organizations, or in the court system. Public service work might also be done within private law firms through their pro bono legal departments.

 

Class of 2017 Job Rankings. 5th Among New York State Law Schools. 42nd Nationally for Full-Time Long-Term Bar Passage Required Jobs, Source: Law School Transparency (LST)

Select Alumni in Public Service

Hester Agudosi ’89, Chief Diversity Officer, State of New Jersey

Eric Brettschneider ’79, First Deputy Commissioner, Administration for Children’s Services, City of New York

The Honorable John Farley ’73, Founding Judge (Ret.), U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Jonathan E. Gradess ’73, Executive Director (Ret.), New York State Defenders Association

Joan Ritter ’85, Chief (Ret.), Criminal Court Bureau, Queens County District Attorney’s Office

Dorothea-Maria “Doria” Rosen ’75, Diplomat and Former U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia

Jeffrey A. Seigel ’80, Executive Director, Nassau Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc.

Internships and Externships

Hofstra Law student Brian Vasquez talks about his summer internship with the Safe Passage Project. Read his full profile on Instagram.

 

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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 Defenders
  • 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

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