To earn a certificate in public interest law, students must complete 6 credits from the list of core courses and earn a total of 15 credits from any combination of the two lists below.

For a list of current course offerings, please visit links from the Courses section of this Bulletin.

Core Courses

  • Appellate Clinic
  • Children's Rights Clinic
  • Civil Rights, Community Justice & Mediation Clinic
  • Congressional & Administrative Law Externship
  • Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Government Lawyering Externship
  • Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic
  • International Justice & Conflict Resolution Externship
  • Judicial Clerkship Externship
  • Juvenile Law & Justice Externship
  • Lawyering Practice Externship (if with nonprofit or governmental entity)
  • Low Income Taxpayer Clinic
  • New York Regulatory & Business Externship (if with nonprofit or governmental entity)
  • Prosecution Clinic
  • Semester in Practice Externship (if with nonprofit or governmental entity)
  • Supervised Practicum (if with nonprofit or governmental entity)
  • Other Externship approved by dean of Clinical Education

Elective Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Adoption & Assisted Reproduction
  • American Indian Law
  • American Indian Societies, Cultures & Values
  • Antitrust
  • Censorship & Free Expression
  • Children & the Law
  • Civil Liberties in Cyberspace Seminar
  • Comparative Law
  • Consumer Transactions
  • Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
  • Criminal Procedure: Investigation
  • Critical Jurisprudence
  • Death Penalty Litigation
  • Death Penalty Under International Law Seminar
  • Domestic Violence & the Law
  • Education Law & Policy: K-12
  • Employee Benefits: ERISA & Tax
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Law Seminar
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Litigation Seminar
  • European Union Law
  • Family Law
  • Family Law Mediation Theory & Practice
  • Family Law Practice & Drafting
  • Federal Courts
  • Feminist Legal Theory
  • First Amendment in Schools Seminar
  • Health
  • Immigration Law
  • Information Privacy Law
  • International Courts & Tribunals: Practice & Procedure
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Intellectual Property Law Seminar
  • International Law
  • International Money Laundering, Corruption & Terrorism
  • Jurisprudence
  • Juvenile Justice Law & Policy Seminar
  • Labor Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Law & History: Law & Social Movements Seminar
  • Law & Society
  • Legal Advocacy in Health Law & Policy Seminar
  • Legislation
  • Litigating Constitutional Rights: 42 U.S.C. Section 1983
  • National Security Law
  • Nonprofit Organizations Planning & Drafting
  • Pretrial Practice: Criminal
  • Race, Public Education & the Law Seminar
  • Regulating Sex: Historical & Cultural Encounters Seminar
  • Religion & the Constitution
  • Sexuality & the Law: Theory & Practice
  • Slavery Seminar
  • Socialist Law in Transition Seminar (public-interest related)
  • Speech, Press & the Constitution
  • State & Local Government
  • The 14th Amendment: Equal Protection & Due Process
  • War Crimes & Tribunals Seminar