The goal of the internship is to provide the intern with an experience as close to the actual practice of an NDS criminal defense attorney as possible.  After a week of orientation to NDS and New York County criminal practice, summer interns are matched with attorneys to work with throughout the summer. For the remainder of the summer, intern duties may include legal research and writing, court appearances, client interviews, precinct visits, witness interviews, investigation assistance, client visits at jails and juvenile detention facilities, and participation in any of the many other activities that NDS staff undertakes on behalf of our clients.


NDS is looking for law student interns with a demonstrated commitment to criminal defense and social justice issues. In addition, the internship requires energy, enthusiasm, and an unwavering commitment to clients.


Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume as one PDF to We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis. For more information about NDS, please visit our website at