Created in 2006, the New York City Bar Association's Diversity Pipeline Initiative provides inner-city high school, college, and law school students with the tools and resources necessary to pursue a career in the legal profession. In this effort to empower students, the City Bar collaborates with hundreds of public and private NYC high schools, colleges and universities, and firms and corporations.
The Pipeline Initiative provides students with four key areas of development: academic support and preparation for law school; career exploration—exposure to the profession, practice areas and diverse career opportunities; professional and substantive skill development; and networking/mentorship opportunities.
The City Bar begins working with students at the high school level through the immersive Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program. This rigorous, six-week program provides extensive pre-employment training and placement with legal employers, a mock law class at Columbia University School of Law as well as a mock trial before a federal judge, and career development workshops with diverse attorneys, among other activities. Since its establishment, the Internship Program has placed more than 1,300 students from around the city. Following their summers, students join the Alumni Networking Group, connecting to other/future interns, as well as current NYC law school students for mentorship. In addition, the City Bar's annual Constitutional Rights Symposium broadens high school students' understanding of how the Constitution affects their daily lives through comprehensive conversations with State Supreme Court Justices and lawyers.
The City Bar continues to further support minority students' interest in and pursuit of the law through efforts that focus on undergraduates and recent graduates. The annual LSAT/Law School Prep Series and Law Preview Scholarship Program help diverse prospective law students succeed on the LSAT and in their first year of law school. Additionally, the Thurgood Marshall Fellowship Program, coordinated with the City Bar's Committee on Civil Rights and Justice Center, and the C. Bainbridge Smith Scholarship provide substantive experience and financial support for New York City law school students.
Through the generous support of our sponsors, the City Bar is able to provide regular programming for students at no or minimum cost. This ensures that students are not excluded because of financial constraints.
Please consider making a donation to support our Pipeline Initiatives.
Together we can make a significant impact on the next generation of leaders. A donation of any amount will help tremendously, for example:
$350 covers the cost of transit for an unpaid Summer Law Intern
$1,250 covers the cost of a Law Preview Scholarship for a rising 1L
$2,000 covers the cost of a stipend for an unpaid intern
$4,000 covers the cost of a full bar prep scholarship for a law school graduate