Law Student Externship – Equitable Neighborhoods (PT, Spring)

TakeRoot Justice seeks a law student extern to work with the Equitable Neighborhoods team on a project investigating Large Scale Residential Development (LSRD) areas throughout the five boroughs.

As a result of recent successful litigation, we now know that LSRD site plans are legal documents that control development in areas of the City where agencies and private actors, 1961 to the present, successfully sought variances from controlling zoning district regulations. The City does not currently have an inventory of existing LSRDs. The extern will work with attorneys on the team to create one based on documents we have received via the Freedom of Information Law. The project may involve site-specific research, mapping, and developing presentation materials.

The externship begins on January 21, 2020, or on whatever date is mutually agreeable.


  • Current law student.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Enthusiasm for New York City zoning.
  • Mapping and presentation skills are a bonus (tell us about them in your cover letter!).


This position is unpaid.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should submit a resume along with a cover letter indicating interest, what skills you hope to develop via this internship, and the number of weekly hours available to commit and proposed start / end dates to Please include “Equitable Neighborhoods Externship” in the subject line. Preference given to applicants able to dedicate a minimum of 5-7 hours per week for the duration of the semester, and work can be completed remotely or at our office in Manhattan.

TakeRoot Justice is an equal opportunity employer. TakeRoot encourages applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, people from low-income backgrounds, and people with personal experience with the criminal justice system. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities we serve.