Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program

The Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program places high-achieving inner-city high school students with legal employers for the summer. This Program is part of the New York City Bar’s continuing efforts to enhance the diversity of the legal profession.

Applications & parental consent forms for summer 2018 are due on February 23, 2018.

There are NO EXCEPTIONS to the age requirement. Students must be 16 years old by June 1, 2018.

Please contact Monica Parks at with questions about volunteering or hosting a student intern.

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Students from the 2017 Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program celebrate their successful completion of the program with a Closing Graduation Ceremony in August 2017. Photo by T. Clay.  

The Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program is an intensive program which places high-achieving inner-city high school students with legal employers for the summer, and provides them with additional programming before, during, and after the summer designed to help them prepare for a legal career.

Students are selected to participate in the Program based upon personal interviews and demonstrated academic excellence. They are first nominated by their schools and then interviewed at the New York City Bar; this process consists of face-to-face meetings with the students and a written test that is administered to determine comfort with challenges common in an office environment. Job assignments in firms vary depending on the needs of the employer, but typically include assisting paralegals, filing, record keeping, assisting library and back-office personnel, data entry and document and exhibit organization.

Prior to interviewing with employers, all applicants participate in a mandatory, three-part Pre Employment Training. The purpose of this training is to identify the students who are most prepared to take on the requirements of the Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program, and to provide valuable training for all students to help them strengthen their application materials for future opportunities.

In addition to their employment, the interns attend the following development workshops:

Pre-Employment Trainings
These trainings, in collaboration with human resources representatives from partner firms and career services professionals from regional law schools, provide all applicants with one-on-one resume and cover letter review, presentations on interview preparation, mock interviews, and general office etiquette including email/telephone training, speaking and presentation exercises; and professional attire workshops.

Roundtable orientation sessions, led by alumni of the program, include discussions on successful internship guidelines, such as workplace attire, electronic etiquette, networking, interacting at meetings and workshops, and tips for making a lasting impression.

Networking Workshop & Speed Networking
A comprehensive networking training, followed by participation in a Speed Networking Program hosted by a law firm, during which students meet in speed-sessions with volunteer attorneys.

Law Class
A law class provided by a Law School professor where interns discuss a case and are exposed to the Socratic method.

Diverse Career Opportunities Panel
A panel of four attorneys in diverse career fields speaks about their career paths and provide advice for attaining one’s professional goals. The students are then divided into small group sessions with attorneys who speak about their career paths, and the students report back to the group, followed by an open networking session.  

Mock Trial
Students prepare for a mock trial, which is argued before a local judge.

Job Shadow Week
To culminate their internships, students spend a week shadowing attorneys in companies and organizations; each student is paired with the company that most closely aligned with their career aspirations. The students participate in mock meetings, observe attorneys within each organization, and some students shadow attorneys in court. 


Parental Consent Form

For Employers

Employer Registration Form
Frequently Asked Questions


For Volunteer Attorneys

To volunteer at a weekly development program, please use the Volunteer Attorney Registration Form

To host a student for Job Shadow Week, please use the Job Shadow Registration Form


Alumni Networking Group/Mentor Program

To encourage continued participation in the Thurgood Marshall Program, the City Bar implemented an Alumni Networking Group to provide support and programming for past participants. To participate, please fill out the Alumni Council Registration Form.


Program Support

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For more information, please contact:

Monica Parks
Coordinator, Diversity Pipeline Initiatives
P: (212) 382-6772

Gabrielle Lyse Brown
Director, Diversity of Diversity & Inclusion
P: (212) 382-6713

Ari Joseph
Chair, Diversity Pipeline Initiatives Committee