The purpose of the NLI is to prepare law school graduates to be successful in the legal profession in New York. Even new lawyers who have had practical experiences in law school need further training, mentoring, and skill development. The NLI runs the academic year, September through May, and its curriculum is focused on the needs of recent graduates as they transition from student to practitioner.

In addition to a focused curriculum of skills and CLE classes participants will receive guidance about how best to handle specific legal issues and about overall career development and planning. Particular attention will be paid to the needs of new lawyers who have not yet found their first position with a view towards identifying options.

Completion of the program will not only be useful to the participant's overall development but will serve 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.

Applying to the 2014/15 NLI

NLI Overview
NLI Application Form (PDF)

Interested J.D. Class of 2014 graduates should review the Overview which answers many questions about the NLI.

Copies of the Overview and Application Form are also available at your law school Career Services Office.

Completed applications for the 2014/15 NLI are due to your school’s Career Services Office by June 16, 2014. Applicants will be notified by July 7, 2014 as to whether or not they have been accepted.

Questions About the NLI

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