Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York

Field Placement Positions Available – Fall 2018/Spring 2019

Albany Office

Prisoners' Legal Services of New York (PLS) is seeking field placement students for its Albany office for the fall of 2018.

PLS is a nonprofit legal services organization that provides civil legal services to indigent prisoners in New York State prisons. PLS works on a variety of issues including challenges to disciplinary proceedings, excessive use of force, access to medical and mental health care, First Amendment issues, child support and visitation, rights for disabled prisoners, and sentencing and parole issues.

Under the supervision of experienced civil rights attorneys, field placement students will respond to prisoners’ letters, review disciplinary hearings, write advocacy letters, draft administrative appeals, and assist in state and federal litigation, among other work assignments. Students will also have the opportunity to interview incarcerated clients.

If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, and two-page writing sample to Mary Cipriano-Walter, Esq., Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York, 41 State Street, Suite M112, Albany, NY 12207, or

Please note that preference will be given to candidates that have completed a summer internship with PLS.

Field Placement – Fall 2018 / Spring 2019

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications from current Albany Law School students for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 field placements in the PLS Immigration Unit.  PLS is a statewide program providing civil legal services to people incarcerated in New York State prisons with regional offices in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca and Plattsburgh. 

In this field placement, law students will work closely with PLS attorneys defending immigrants in removal proceedings at the Ulster, Downstate and Bedford Hills Immigration Courts (all located inside New York State correctional facilities) and at the Batavia Immigration Court in Batavia, New York (located inside the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility). Students will have the opportunity to provide a full range of legal services throughout the course of representation, including meeting with incarcerated and detained clients; drafting motions and other legal documents; conducting legal research and preparing memoranda; appearing at master calendar and merits hearings (if scheduling permits) under a student practice order; and helping with appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). At the end of the field placement, students will have a comprehensive understanding of removal defense work and the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. 

PLS is seeking applicants with the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights and social justice issues.
  • Ability to work in a respectful, non-judgmental manner.
  • Exceptional organization, written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to timely respond to and balance numerous requests for assistance.
  • Spanish fluency preferred.

 Please submit your cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to:

Nicholas Phillips, Esq.
Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York
41 State Street, Suite M112
Albany, New York 12207
or to


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