The New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is one of the largest public-interest law firms in the country. The Attorney General, along with her staff of 650+ attorneys, are charged with guarding the legal rights of New York’s more than 19 million residents, its organizations, and its natural resources, as well as defending actions and proceedings on behalf of the state and advising the Executive branch of state government. To further the spirit of this mission, the OAG is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion at all levels of its hiring.
During the summer of 2021, the OAG will offer full-time, paid placements for law students who demonstrate an interest in pursuing a legal career in public service, government and/or law enforcement. There is limited funding for this program and the OAG’s goal is to provide hands-on learning opportunities to as many law students as possible during the Summer 2021 Program.
We know that a number of law schools guarantee summer funding for students seeking public interest/service placements. We encourage you to confer with your school’s public interest/service career advisors or financial aid office for more information about available funding for public interest/service placements with a government agency, such as the OAG, and to consider applying for a Summer Public Service Fellowship at the OAG instead. Please click here to view the OAG’s Summer 2021 Public Service Fellowship posting.
The OAG is seeking hardworking and talented law students who have excellent legal research and writing skills; fluency in other languages (e.g., Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, Korean, etc.) in addition to English is a plus, but not required. Applicants are encouraged to learn more about the OAG prior to submitting their applications by visiting theDivisions and Bureaus and Media sections of the OAG website.
Summer Program Experience
- Placements are available within the Divisions of Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Social Justice, State Counsel, Appeals and Opinions, Regional Affairs and Executive.
- Law students selected for the program will be placed with one of the divisions/bureaus in the main offices in either Manhattan or Albany, or to one of the smaller regional offices. The practice area of a bureau is generally reflected in its name.
- The regional offices are full-service locations handling civil and criminal matters as well as state counsel matters in defense of New York State.
- Selected law students assist attorneys in all phases of their work including, but not limited to legal research; drafting briefs, memos and pleadings; document review; responding to discovery requests; preparing for depositions and trials; and performing some clerical work. A key objective is for law students to finish the summer with a professional writing sample.
- Students hired for the summer benefit from a hands-on learning experience and an exciting and dynamic professional environment where staff are working on innovative and impactful cases.
Summer Program Details
- Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Summer Program will operate remotely until the OAG determines that it is able to provide an in-person experience.
- First year law students (1Ls) must wait to submit their application until they have received their first semester grades.
- Law students hired for the program will work full-time (37.5 hours/week) for the 8 weeks of the program.
- Law students will be hired as legal aides and paid the hourly rate of $17.39.
- The program will run from June 7 – July 30, 2021. Students hired for the program must be available to work during these dates and for the entire 8 weeks of the program.
- Applications will be accepted online and placements will be filled on a rolling basis.
- Law students should only apply to those bureaus and/or regional offices that are of interest to them. Location preferences will be honored; however, bureau assignments may ultimately be made based upon the needs of the OAG.
- Applicants must be available to meet by video conference for interviews.
- Applicants must be eligible to be employed in the U.S.
- To be eligible, applicants must be full-time day or evening students in good academic standing as defined by their law schools.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications are being received online. To apply, please click the following link: LAB_NYC_PLS_SUM_2021
To ensure consideration, applications must be received by close of business on March 19, 2021
Applicants must be prepared to submit a complete application consisting of the following:
Please note: Failure to submit a complete application will delay the consideration of your application.
If you have questions regarding a position with the OAG and the application process or you need assistance with submitting your application, please contact Legal Recruitment via email at email@example.com or phone at 212-416-8080.
For more information about the OAG, please visit our website: ag.ny.gov