Legal Aid at CLS

The Legal Aid Society (“Legal Aid”) is collaborating with SPIN to bring unique public interest opportunities to CLS students. Beginning this fall, SPIN members can gain free membership to the Legal Aid Society’s New Leadership Program (NLP) Law School Chapter at CLS, an extension of a giving network of legal professionals who support Legal Aid’s work for those unable to afford quality representation and ultimately making our City a better place to live and work for all New Yorkers.

The Law School Chapter of NLP is Legal Aid’s young professionals network available to local law schools (Brooklyn, Cardozo, Columbia, Fordham, and NYU), with the goal of exposing the next generation of legal professionals to Legal Aid’s work while offering volunteer, networking, and mentoring opportunities through chapter meetings, events, and panels. As a NLP Law School Chapter member, students will be connected with like-minded peers interested in public service and issues facing New York’s most vulnerable individuals and families.

Community service events offered by the NLP will provide students with access to Legal Aid’s work and hands-on training, including domestic violence projects, immigrant defense, prisoners’ rights, housing eviction prevention, and more. NLP’s CLS Chapter also provides an opportunity to enhance professional development through informal mentorship, complete the New York Bar Association’s 50 hour pro bono requirement, while at the same time engaging in conversations early in one’s career to emphasize the importance of equal access to justice and the need for private funding.