New Lawyer Institute

What is the NLI?

The NLI provides new lawyers with a professional home at the New York City Bar Association. Its curriculum is focused on the needs of recent graduates as they transition from student to practitioner and prepare them to be successful in the legal profession in New York. Featuring speakers from government, the judiciary and the rest of the legal community, the NLI offers a continuing education curriculum designed to equip new lawyers with the practical skills and substantive knowledge they need to advance their careers. The program also includes training and experience in professional networking and job interviewing, and access to mentorship opportunities. The NLI offers a connection to the New York legal community.

The NLI runs the academic year, August through May. Completion of the program is useful to the participant’s overall development but also serves as a signal to potential employers and clients of increased skills and necessary professional development for a successful practice.

The NLI works with the New York area law schools in an effort to coordinate the program and promote the program among the student body.

Is it for me?

The NLI is valuable to all new graduates, whether they are newly employed or will be seeking and obtaining employment during the program year. Today, most lawyers can be expected to change jobs several times over the course of a career. Even young lawyers with jobs in large organizations will find that the NLI provides valuable guidance beyond that which is available at work. Special attention is paid to the needs of new lawyers who have not yet found their first position. Participation is useful to new lawyers’ overall career development, and also signals to potential employers and clients that the participant has gained skills and experience necessary for a successful practice.

Curriculum includes:

  • CLE Classes
  • Professional Development and Career Planning
  • 60 Minute Mentoring Program
  • Networking
  • Committee Membership Opportunities
  • City Bar Membership for One Year
  • One-on-One Career Counseling
  • Access to City Bar Members

Application Form   For More Information on the NLI


The City Bar wishes to thank the following for their sponsorship of the New Lawyer Institute.



Questions About the NLI

Please contact Martha Harris, Director of Professional Development and Committee Engagement, New York City Bar Association, 212-382-6607,