Law School Clinic Program

Training the next generation of appellate lawyers furthers our core mission. To that end, working with law students from the Cardozo School of Law, Appellate Advocates conducts the Criminal Appeals Field Clinic each fall semester.

The clinic offers selected students the opportunity to represent indigent individuals on their appeals under the supervision of the clinical instructors, who are experienced attorneys at Appellate Advocates. Through weekly seminars and supervised fieldwork at our office, students learn how to review the appellate record, identify and assess legal issues, and write and edit an appellate brief to be filed on the client’s behalf in the Appellate Division, Second Department.

The clinic aims to develop the core skills of appellate advocacy – using facts, narrative, and legal analysis to identify, craft, and advance the client’s best arguments. Our clinic also focuses on how an appellate defender’s work can address equity and reform within the criminal justice system.