Summer interns are matched with Family Defense attorneys to work with throughout the summer. Interns will participate in all aspects of direct representation, including legal research and writing, preparing for hearings and trials (with the possibility to appear on the record pursuant to the student practice order), investigations, client interactions, and collaborating with out-of-court advocates and other practices.  Interns will work from our office in central Harlem, spending significant time at New York County Family Court (assuming in-person operations have fully and safely resumed). If in-person operations have not resumed, the internship will be conducted remotely. The goal of the internship is to provide the intern with an experience as close to the actual practice of an NDS Family Defense attorney as possible.


NDS is looking for law student interns with a demonstrated commitment to family 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