The Law School offers many curricular and extracurricular activities that provide direct services to people in need. Through Lincoln Square Legal Services, the Law School provides representation to low-income clients in a wide variety of fields, including immigration, family law, consumer protection, tax, criminal defense, and investor protection.
PIRC, the Public Interest Resource Center, is the hub of all public service activity at the School. PIRC’s over two-dozen public interest student groups annually fulfill, on average, more than 120,000 hours of public service work during their time at Fordham. PIRC is the place where many students are introduced to the value of public service work and from which their passion for access to justice work is intensified.
The School’s participation in the Pro Bono Scholars Program further strengthens our justice imprint. The program, launched by former New York chief judge Jonathan Lippman, allows Fordham Law students in their last year of law school to devote their last semester to performing pro bono service through an externship, clinic, or legal services provider.