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 welcomes to its work all students interested in access to justice. Opportunities include independent study, school-year internships, summer fellowships, and post-graduate fellowships. Students can join policy reform reform initiatives, seek supervision for papers and notes, help convene conferences, and support NCAJ’s data and tech projects. NCAJ partners with journals on symposia and other events. NCAJ staff are available to speak with audiences in law schools and in other settings about the access to justice reform movement.

NCAJ enjoys a special relationship with Fordham Law School in New York City. NCAJ is based at Fordham, where David Udell, NCAJ’s executive director, also serves as a co-chair of Fordham’s school-wide Access to Justice Initiative, with fellow co-chairs Matthew Diller (dean of the law school) and Jonathan Lippman (former chief judge of the NYS Unified Court System). NCAJ partners on and contributes to initiatives with Fordham students, professors and staff.

Please send all applications and inquiries to Sara Ilyas, NCAJ’s Outreach & Operations Coordinator, at Summer internships are determined on a rolling basis. Interested students are invited to email a short explanation of your interest, accompanied by one or more writing samples, and the names of three references.

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