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, the Center enhances employment opportunities for students and graduates. At Cardozo Law, public service is woven into the fabric of the curriculum. The Center supports professional employment, clerkships, internships, symposia, public service funding programs, and job fairs.
Each year, the Center coordinates Cardozo's Public Service Summer Stipend program, which funds students to take unpaid summer internships at government and nonprofit entities.
The David Rudenstine Postgraduate Fellowship is awarded to one student from each graduating class to work for one year in public interest law. The Public Service Scholars program and the Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal are just a few of the diverse extracurricular offerings that make Cardozo's public service law program so special.
Public Law Advocacy Week (P*LAW) is a weeklong intensive that takes place each year as part of January Lawyering Skills Month. Approximately 100 students participate as legal practitioners, and community advocates and organizers address important issues such as youth representation, prisoners’ rights, immigration and environmental law.
In the spring, Cardozo's Inspire! Awards ceremony honors outstanding achievements in public service.