Cardozo Law is deeply committed to public service law, instilling in students an understanding of the critical role lawyers play providing access to justice for those in need. The Center for Public Service Law provides guidance and support to students wishing to pursue public service. Bringing together a variety of projects and programs CPSL enhances employment opportunities for students and graduates. At Cardozo Law public service is woven into the fabric of the curriculum. The CPSL supports professional employment, clerkships, internships, symposia, public service funding programs and job fairs.
Public Service Law (P*LAW) week is a weeklong intensive that takes place each year as part of Janaury Lawyering Skills Month. Cardozo's commitment to public service is highlighted during this weeklong event with daily panels, trainings and workshops on topics pertinent to the practice of public interest law. Approximately 100 students participate as legal practitioners, community advocates and organizers address important issues such as youth representation, prisoners’ rights, immigration, and environmental law. The week culminates with Cardozo's Inspire! Awards ceremony, honoring outstanding achievements in public service.
Each year the Public Service Auction helps fund stipends for summer internships. The auction raised a record $611,000 in 2013, providing summer funding to 244 students working in public service jobs.
Postgraduate fellowships are awarded to selected recent graduates for part-time work in public service legal positions. The Public Service Scholars program, the Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal, and the Public Interest Law Students Association are just a few of the diverse extracurricular offerings that make Cardozo's public service law program so special.
For more information on Cardozo's Center for Public Service Law, contact its director, Leslie Thrope.