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Vacancy Details
Position Type:

Administrative and Central Office

Office Title/Functional Title:

Special Education Unit Attorney Interne, CSE - 16010

Civil Service Title:

Agency Attorney Intern OJ/MBF




Office of the General Counsel

Posting End Date:





Position Summary: Under the close supervision of a Supervising Attorney within the Special Education Unit of the Office of Legal Services, with some latitude for independent judgment and decision-making, the Special Education Unit (SEU) Attorney Interne performs legal work related to IDEA claims filed by parents or the DOE regarding services provided to students classified with, or suspected of having a disability. Performs related work.


Reports to: Special Education Unit Team Leader


Direct Reports: N/A


Key Relationships: The Special Education Unit Attorney Interne works closely with the Special Education staff, including the Special Education Office, Committees on Special Education, the Office of School Support, the Public Schools, and other offices that directly support the Public Schools and the staff in the Office of Legal Services.




  • Perform legal research assigned by Team Leaders, including review of legal cases, opinions, decisions, and abstract salient points and references.
  • Assist in preparing legal arguments and documents, such as memoranda, motions, pleadings, briefs, subpoenas, etc.  
  • Review transcripts and exhibits from administrative proceedings to assist Agency Attorneys.
  • May attend impartial hearings alongside Agency Attorneys.
  • Work with Agency Attorneys on different phases of settlement process including:
    • investigating claims filed by parents, including interviewing potential witnesses, conferring with other attorneys, consulting with specialists, etc.;
    • review of settlement documents submitted by the Parent;
    • researching state and federal case law;
    • drafting memoranda for submission to the New York City Comptroller’s Office for settlement authority for proposed settlement;
    • coordinating and monitoring the implementation of stipulated agreements; and
    • performing research in connection with claims for attorney’s fees submitted by opposing counsel.


Qualification Requirements




Graduation from an accredited United States law school as defined in the Rules of the New York Court of Appeals (Sections 520.3 or 520.5) or admission to the New York State Bar.


Special Note:

This class of positions has a maximum two year term.




  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to understand provisions of applicable laws and regulations.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Efficient legal research skills.


Salary Range: $66,340 - $70,042 


(Internal candidates who are selected for this position and who currently hold comparable or less senior positions within the DOE will not earn less than their current salary.)


Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.

NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability and/or grant funding.

* New York City Residency is NOT Required *

We encourage all applicants from the New York City tri-state area to apply.


DOE Non- Discrimination Policy
It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, unemployment status, caregiver status, consumer credit history, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. For more information, please refer to the DOE Non-Discrimination Policy.

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