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Diversity Bar Fellowship Program

Diversity Fellowship Program which provides first-year law students from underrepresented populations the chance to spend a summer in one of New York’s leading law firms and corporate/government law departments. 

 

City Bar Diversity Fellowship Program

The New York City Bar Association Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers (the "Committee") has been the proud sponsor of the City Bar's Diversity Fellowship Program (the "Program") since 1991.

Since then, more than 300 diverse and talented first year law students from eleven New York City area law schools have been given a rare and valuable opportunity: to spend their 1L summer in a law firm, or corporate or government legal department to better prepare them for careers in the law. Our goal is to provide first year law students from underrepresented populations the chance to spend a summer in one of New York’s most exciting legal environments.

The selection criteria for Program Fellows are demanding. As a result, we identify students who have proven themselves, even as 1L's, capable of flourishing in the challenging settings that are today's government offices, law firms and corporations. After completing a legal writing requirement, preparing a personal statement and being interviewed by a faculty-dominated screening committee at their respective schools, the candidates selected by their schools are then interviewed again by a panel of attorneys and other school representatives under the aegis of the Committee. Like the preliminary process at their schools, this interviewing panel also reviews the candidate's undergraduate and law school transcripts, resume, personal statement and legal writing sample. Only those who pass this final hurtle are assigned to a participating employer.

We invite any legal employer who is interested in learning more about the Program, and how they can join it, to be in touch with the current Chair of the Committee, Steven Seltzer at sseltzer@metlife.com.

 

2013 Participating Employers

Employer Commitment Form [ download ]
Employer Newsletter [ download ]

 

2013 Diversity Bar Fellowship Luncheon

April 30, 2013
http://www2.nycbar.org/EventsCalendar/show_event_new.php?eventid=2149

 

What Fellowship Employers Say:
“The City Bar Fellowship Program is a terrific resource for firms committed to enhancing their diversity recruitment efforts.”
— Marco V. Masotti, Partner, Chair of Diversity Committee
    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

“The City Bar Minority Fellowship Program, which Kelley Drye & Warren LLP has participated in for many years, opens the door for students and law firms alike. The program has not only helped Kelley Drye’s firm-wide diversity initiatives, but has provided us with talented law students who have grown into extremely successful, dedicated attorneys. The City Bar does an exceptional job matching students with firms, and we look forward to our continued participation in the program.”
— Gregory M. McKenzie, Hiring Partner
     Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

“For the past decade Kaye Scholer has had the good fortune to participate in the City Bar’s Minority Fellowship Program. For Kaye Scholer this program has been a great success. Diversity is important to our Firm, and the Fellowship Program – along with a number of other diversity initiatives – has given us the opportunity to become a far more diverse environment than we were a decade ago. We are proud of our commitment to diversity and partnership with the City Bar in this endeavor. We very much look forward to continuing our support and participation in this program.”
— Barry Willner, Managing Partner
     Kaye Scholer LLP

“The Fellowship Program opens the door, but the excellence and efforts of its students is what keeps them on the path of success.”
— Jack P. Jackson, Partner
    Proskauer Rose LLP