Law Student Perspectives: Benefits of the Bar

Andrew Richman

By Andrew Richman, 2016 Graduate, Seton Hall University School of Law

“How can the New York City Bar Association help me?” I once asked myself upon joining during my 1L year, just a short time ago. But I am here to tell you that whether you are a first year law student, or just about to graduate, the City Bar can help you in ways you might not imagine. The City Bar has helped enhance my legal knowledge, grow my legal network, and presented new opportunities for me throughout my time in law school. By becoming an active member, it can do the same for you.

As a member, you are granted access and savings to hundreds of workshops, discussions, and panels each year to attend. These events can provide an alternate means of learning certain areas of the law, or introduce you to new, emerging topics. The workshops can help refine your resume and improve your interviewing skills. Whether your mind is set on a type of law that you are already passionately pursuing, or still discovering your interests, the various panels at the City Bar place you in the middle of the discussion. While in attendance, you are surrounded by some of New York City’s most prominent and experienced attorneys. This not only enables you to learn from these individuals, but also forges valuable connections that can help you throughout your career.

Additionally, as a law student member, you can apply to join one of the many committees that the City Bar offers. These committees are groups of specialized and successful attorneys in a specific industry, who meet monthly to discuss problems and offer solutions to topics within their field. As a law student, sitting in an intimate setting with these leaders can broaden your knowledge of a practice area that interests you. Most importantly, these committees offer you an even greater chance of expanding your professional network in the pursuit of acquiring new mentors, job leads, or even new friends. The ability to gain practical insight and learn more about what lawyers in your desired field do and how they think is invaluable.

Do not make the mistake of shying away from the City Bar and all of the endless possibilities that await you. Whether you are just starting your legal education or embarking on your career, it is never too soon to join and reap the benefits of the New York City Bar Association. Good luck and see you around the Bar soon!