Last year, over 3,000 volunteers—attorneys, legal assistants, students and business professionals—provided legal assistance to Her Justice clients.
New York Women’s Bar Association
For New York University School of Law students
Fall and spring semesters
Her Justice seeks an NYU Law student for each semester of the academic year
to serve as the New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation (NYWBAF) Fellow. This position requires 10–20 hours per week. The fellowship is funded by the NYWBA at a rate of $2,000 per semester
(paid in two installments).
The position is based in our headquarter office located in lower Manhattan.
Her Justice is a nonprofit organization that provides free legal services in family, divorce and immigration law to low-income women living in New York City. Founded in 1993, Her Justice recruits volunteer attorneys from the City’s law firms to stand side-by-side with women who cannot afford to pay for a lawyer, giving them a real chance to obtain legal protections that transform their lives. We believe that all women with urgent safety and financial needs deserve legal representation.
The fellow will work under the supervision of Her Justice staff attorneys and the senior director of legal services. Responsibilities will vary depending upon the applicant’s interests and the program needs of Her Justice. The fellow will learn basic interviewing skills through client interviews and will also learn substantive family, matrimonial and immigration law. Responsibilities may include:
Conduct client intakes and assist in case assessment
Assist clients with securing non-litigated divorces or immigration status through
VAWA self-petitions and U-Visa applications
Draft responsive pleadings and motions
Research legal issues and attend working group meetings
Work with a litigating attorney on active cases in the Family and Supreme Courts
and attend court appearances
NYU School of Law student (J.D. or L.L.M.)
Good interpersonal and strong organizational skills, self-starter and highly motivated
Demonstrated interest in domestic violence issues or women’s issues
Knowledge of family, matrimonial and/or immigration law helpful but not required