The purpose of the New Lawyer Institute (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.

Fall 2014 Course Curriculum


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,