NDS seeks law student interns to join the Housing Defense Practice in Summer 2021. The Housing Defense Practice plays an integral role in NDS’s fulfillment of its holistic mission and in realizing the right to counsel in housing proceedings. The practice is part of the monumental movement toward a civil Gideon, providing assigned counsel representation to low- and no-income tenants facing a wide range of eviction proceedings in order to safeguard the right to secure, stable housing and combat the destabilization and disintegration of New York’s diverse communities. Interns assist attorneys in all aspect of client representation, including client intake, legal research and writing, and direct client representation in Housing Court including (for rising 3Ls) conducting settlement negotiations, oral arguments, hearings, and trials.


NDS is looking for law student interns with a demonstrated commitment to housing rights and social justice issues. In addition, the internship requires energy, enthusiasm, a commitment to excellence and an unwavering commitment to clients. Preferred qualifications:

  • Have completed at least 1 year of relevant legal education;
  • Have completed housing clinical experience or internship;
  • Foreign language fluency, especially Spanish.


Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume as one PDF with the subject line, “Intern, Housing Defense Practice” to eponder@ndsny.org Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information about NDS, please visit our website at www.ndsny.org.