National Center for Access to Justice

Our Work with Students

The National Center for Access to Justice ( is a national organization that relies on data to achieve reform that benefits people in the civil and criminal justice systems. NCAJ is a free-standing 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation housed at Fordham Law School.

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

NCAJ enjoys a special relationship with Fordham Law School in New York City where it is based, and where David Udell, NCAJ’s executive director, also serves as a co-chair of Fordham’s school-wide Access to Justice Initiative, with 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.

We encourage students who are interested in working or volunteering with us to send us a short explanation of your interest, accompanied by one or more writing samples, three references, and a resume. Please send all applications and inquiries to Summer internships are determined on a rolling basis.

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