Externship Program

MFY’s Externshp Program enables associates from private law firms to work in MFY’s housing unit on four-to-six-month rotations. Externs receive extensive supervision and training from MFY Supervising Attorneys on all aspects of litigation and carry a full caseload. A one-week overlap at the end of each rotation enables the outgoing extern to transfer all of his or her cases to the incoming extern. Currently three law firms–Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Ropes & Gray LLP, and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP–participate in the program.

Firms interested in providing externs should contact Jeanette Zelhof, Executive Director, at jzelhof@mfy.org.

In 2012, externs from Cleary Gottlieb and Willkie Farr spoke about their experiences in preventing evictions and preserving affordable housing for low income New Yorkers. Click here to watch a four-minute video.