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The Community Legal Resource Network

The Community Legal Resource Network, (CLRN) provides innovative support for CUNY Law graduates in having fulfilling, social justice careers from law school through retirement.

Low Bono Access to Justice

CLRN crafts legal projects with local partners to coordinate opportunities for our alumni to provide low bono legal assistance to community residents.


While awaiting bar results, recent law graduates may apply to become fellows in the New York Civil Court’s Access to Justice program. Program fellows receive training and supervision in civil courts as they provide pro bono assistance in the areas of housing, consumer law, and uncontested divorces.  Fellows gain invaluable court experience under a special practice order and can also receive nearly a dozen hours of free, quality CLEs. Stipends are available upon program completion.

City Counseling

CUNY Law alumni are contracted hourly to city council offices throughout New York City to provide on-site, free legal assistance to low- and middle-income constituents in the areas of housing, immigration, and a number of other issues. If you are interested in providing city counseling, contact CLRN director Alizabeth Newman.

Referral service

CLRN receives numerous requests for assistance from New Yorkers who don’t meet the financial criteria for free legal aid services, but who are unable to cover the cost of full-fee firms.  CLRN is developing a topical and geographic referral list to refer those seeking assistance to our excellent graduates in solo practices.

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