National Center for Access to Justice

Relationship to Fordham Law School and Other Law Schools

The National Center for Access to Justice ( is the non-partisan law and policy organization that relies on data to achieve justice system reform on behalf of vulnerable people in both the civil and criminal justice systems. NCAJ is a free-standing 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, with funding from individuals, charitable organizations, and corporations. 

NCAJ enjoys a special relationship with Fordham Law School in New York City where NCAJ is based and where NCAJ’s executive director, David Udell, co-chairs the school’s national Access to Justice Initiative with Dean Matthew Diller and NYS former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. NCAJ works closely with professors and students, and with staff of the School’s centers and institutes. NCAJ’s affiliation with the School includes advancing reform initiatives, partnering on courses and projects, consulting with law students on note topics, supervising student papers, supporting pro bono projects, hosting conferences and gatherings, and teaching. 

NCAJ also works in many of these ways with other law schools in New York City and across the country.

Staff of NCAJ are available to speak with audiences in law schools and in other settings about the access to justice reform movement.

NCAJ welcomes inquiries from law students and recent law graduates about opportunities to work (and/or volunteer) with Center staff, including in post-graduate fellowships. Inquiries should be submitted by email to



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