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Our clinical programs, one of the first in the nation, focuses on Front Line Training for our diverse student body who are battling issues concerning the Black Lives Matter Movements. It is regarded as one of the finest and most comprehensive programs in New York City. The program offers students invaluable opportunities to work with real clients on real cases and develop an extraordinary skill set in the process. Our clinics and externships extend the program to state and federal government agencies, law offices, and businesses throughout New York City. An integral component of the class curriculum, every student must take at least one “real world” clinic or externship to graduate. We are hopeful that our clinical program’s excellence will lead to grants from public agencies and private foundations.

In-House Clinics

In this program, the student assumes the lawyer’s responsibility by making decisions, preparing work, and doing the tasks related to representing individual clients, entities, or working on projects. All clinics have two components: the casework and a seminar. In-house clinics take place at the Law Firm of Figeroux & Associates and are taught and supervised by attorneys.

Clinic students assist in legal matters currently relevant to our working-class community, such as DACA (Dreamers), asylum-seekers, attain benefits for adults with disabilities. They also advise new media start-ups, preserve affordable housing, assist community groups and small businesses, and help individuals in economic distress.

Externships

Earn clinic credit by performing substantial work at a law office, governmental agency, not-for-profit, off-location, and attending a companion seminar on location. Students are supervised in their fieldwork by a mentor attorney at the host office and are guided in optimizing that experience’s educational value by seminars on location.

Volunteer for a Clinic

To register for the Civil Rights Clinic or any other clinic, you must be enrolled in the Paralegal Program. To enroll, click here.

Civil Rights Clinic

If you believe your Civil Rights have been violated, or if you need legal information on Civil Rights issues, please click on the information listed in numbers below. This information is made available through our sponsored show, Ask THE LAWYER. 1. Who Can I Sue? 2. What Is A 50-H Hearing? 3. Filing A Notice Of Claim In New York 4. New York Wrongful Discharge 5. Racial Discrimination 6. Gender Discrimination 7. Mistreatment By Police 8. Jail Neglect & Abuse 9. Racial Profiling 10. Police Misconduct 11. Police Dogs 12. False Arrest – Illegal Detention 13. Excessive Use Of Force By Police 14. Deadly Force

Introduction

The Civil Rights Clinic provides students with the opportunity to work on a wide range of civil rights and social justice matters through direct client representation, court advocacy, and the development of advocacy campaigns. Students participating in the Civil Rights Clinic will develop foundational skills necessary to be strategic and creative social justice advocates.

Through the Clinic, students join a community of advocates working to promote and protect civil rights and challenging economic, social, health, political inequality, poverty, and racial injustice issues.

Course Description

The Civil Rights Clinic provides students with the opportunity to develop the foundational skills needed to be a civil rights advocate through direct involvement in investigations, litigation, appellate advocacy, and public advocacy campaigns. They are working under the direct supervision of Professor Brian Figeroux, who will introduce students to civil rights advocacy in a variety of contexts and forums. Students will be working on behalf of indigent, institutional, or pro bono clients on a range of civil rights matters, including employment discrimination, educational equity, voting rights, and criminal justice reform. Specifically, students participating in the Clinic may have the opportunity to:

•Work with clients and communities to challenge discrimination;
•Develop interpersonal skills through client interviewing and counseling as well as through co-counseling and partnering with leading civil rights organizations;
•Gain experience in litigation planning, including fact investigation and development of case theory;
•Develop oral advocacy skills;
•Hone research and written advocacy skills through drafting briefs and litigation-related documents; and
•Negotiate settlements.

Application Procedure

Students interested in taking the Clinic should submit the standard application, resume, and transcript online. There will be an interview which will be scheduled by the program. If you have questions about the Clinic, please contact Professor Brian Figeroux via email.

The Civil Rights Legal Clinic is ONLY on Saturdays from 10am – 3pm. Schedule a free consultation below.
Remember, legal fees are free when legal fees are allowed by the faulting party, by law, by contract or paid at the end through a contingency arrangement.

If you believe your Civil Rights have been violated, or if you need legal information on Civil Rights issues, please click on the information listed in numbers below. This information is made available through our sponsored show, Ask THE LAWYER. 1. Who Can I Sue? 2. What Is A 50-H Hearing? 3. Filing A Notice Of Claim In New York 4. New York Wrongful Discharge 5. Racial Discrimination 6. Gender Discrimination 7. Mistreatment By Police 8. Jail Neglect & Abuse 9. Racial Profiling 10. Police Misconduct 11. Police Dogs 12. False Arrest – Illegal Detention 13. Excessive Use Of Force By Police 14. Deadly Force

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