Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York

Field Placement Positions Available 

Ithaca Office

“Prisoners' Legal Services of New York (PLS) welcomes undergraduate and law student interns in our Ithaca office during the academic year and summer.

PLS is a nonprofit legal services organization that provides civil legal services to people incarcerated in New York State prisons. PLS works on a variety of issues including challenges to disciplinary proceedings for incarcerated people in solitary confinement, excessive use of force, access to medical and mental health care, First Amendment issues, rights for incarcerated people with disabilities, and sentencing and parole issues.

Under the supervision of experienced civil rights attorneys, law students will respond client letters, review disciplinary hearings, write advocacy letters, draft administrative appeals, and assist in state and federal litigation, among other work assignments. Law students will also have the opportunity to interview incarcerated clients.  Undergraduate students will transcribe prison disciplinary hearings, summarize records, visit clients with an attorney, and assist with administrative tasks for attorneys’ state and federal litigation, among other work assignments.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Hallie Mitnick, Esq. at  Law students should also send a writing sample.  Though these internships are unpaid, we are happy to certify hours for academic credit or law school stipends.”

Field Placements