Relationship to Law Schools, Including Cardozo Law School

The Center’s relationship with law schools:

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

NCAJ and its staff collaborate with law schools across the country in many ways, including the following:  NCAJ works with professors and students to advance reform initiatives. NCAJ consults with law students on note topics and is available to supervise students’ papers.  NCAJ partners with faculty members and students on pro bono projects.  Staff of NCAJ are available to speak about the access to justice reform movement.

NCAJ’s relationship with Cardozo Law School:

NCAJ enjoys a close relationship with Cardozo Law.  The Center includes Cardozo faculty members on its board of directors, receives in-kind support from Cardozo Law, and is based at Cardozo Law.  NCAJ teaches the Access to Justice Clinic at Cardozo Law:


Cardozo Law

Fall 2014

(2L, 3L and LL.M. students)


Credits: 3 clinical + 1 academic credits for the semester

Professor:  David Udell

The Access to Justice Clinic offers law students the opportunity to engage in policy research and policy advocacy to increase the ability of vulnerable people to obtain access to our nation’s courts.

The clinic’s fieldwork has two components:

  • Students will conduct research to expand the scope of the Justice Index by examining laws, policies and practices that define statewide justice systems in states across the country.
  • Students will carry out policy advocacy initiatives that rely on findings established through earlier research to build other parts of the Justice Index.

Thus, students might devote part of their field work to carrying out policy research on laws, policies and practices in the 50 states that establish “caseload caps” on the number of indigent persons who may be represented by a public defender at any one time.

While carrying out this policy research on this new subject, students would also rely on past Clinic research findings to advance a new policy advocacy initiative in which they would press to change laws, policies and practices that, for example, fail to ensure that courts rely on interpreters who are “certified” in cases involving parties with limited proficiency in English.

In the seminar component of the Clinic, the students will learn about the following:  i)  the comprehensive access to justice movement in this country; ii) the sources of law that both establish and limit the authority of the legislature, executive agencies and courts to respond to problems in the justice system; and, iii) the tools and strategies involved in policy  advocacy as carried out by advocates dedicated to improving the justice system.

The National Center for Access to Justice ( is the academically affiliated law and policy organization dedicated to achieving reform on behalf of vulnerable people in the civil and criminal justice systems.


For more information:

  • Visit NCAJ’s web page describing  the project to build the Justice Index.  See
  • Visit NCAJ’s page on Cardozo Law’s web site,
  • Visit Cardozo Law’s home page,
  • Email NCAJ at with your suggestions and questions.
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