First Amendment Clinic

First Amendment Clinic

The First Amendment Clinic provides students interested in the freedoms of speech, press, and information with firsthand, cutting edge experience in the field. Our students take the lead in First Amendment litigation, advocacy, and policy matters. We represent news outlets, journalists, researchers, and scholars reporting and communicating important news and information. The Clinic's work extends across disciplines, impacting the work of human rights advocates, political activists, and other individuals targeted based on their expression. From case development to filing dispositve motions and beyond, our students learn a wide range of practical litigation skills.

Clinic students can expect to:

1) Conduct intakes and vet potential cases;

2) Interview clients and supporting witnesses;

3) Conduct in-depth offensive and defensive legal research;

4) Draft correspondence with opposing counsel;

5) Draft and edit party and amicus briefs;

6) Draft press releases and blog and other social media posts;

7) Conduct legislative and policy analysis; and

8) Work collaboratively in a team-based environment.

If you believe you have a matter that the clinic should take on, please contact us at to set up an intake.

The Cornell Law School First Amendment Clinic was founded in 2018 with a critical seed grant from The Stanton Foundation.  It has received additional generous support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Charles H. Revson Foundation and the Legal Clinic Fund, a collaborative fund supported by The Abrams Foundation,  Democracy Fund, Heising-Simons Foundation, and The Klarman Family Foundation.  (The Miami Foundation serves as fiscal sponsor for the Fund.)  Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel JD’52 provided additional generous support.