New Lawyer Institute - NLI

What is the NLI?

The NLI provides new lawyers with a professional home at the New York City Bar Association. Its curriculum is focused on the needs of recent graduates as they transition from student to practitioner and prepare them to be successful in the legal profession in New York. Featuring speakers from government, the judiciary and the rest of the legal community, the program also includes training and experience in professional networking and job interviewing, and access to mentorship opportunities. The NLI offers a connection to the New York legal community.

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. Students and alumni of sponsoring law schools receive free registration for NLI programs. To ensure free registration, please remember to update the 'law school' section under Manage My Account prior to registering for an NLI event, or register using your law school email address.


Upcoming Programs

Careers in Commercial Real Estate
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The recent pandemic has changed the real estate practice landscape. The effects are felt by landlords and tenants as new rules are put in place on the use of the courts for enforcement, lease agreements are re-negotiated to defer or reduce rent payments, and the obligations of guarantors are relieved by local law (and the subject of current federal litigation). Join our panel as they discuss recent developments and careers in commercial real estate law.

Careers in Family & Matrimonial Law
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Attorneys in family and matrimonial law assist individuals with a wide array of issues from divorce and ancillary financial issues, child custody, child support, pre and postnuptial agreements, paternity, domestic violence issues, guardianship and more. Matrimonial and family law was one of the areas with the highest rate of growth this past year, as there was a significant rise in individuals interested in divorce and other family law related issues. Matrimonial and family law attorneys are both litigators and negotiators, but also often find themselves wearing the hat of counselor/therapist, as the clients are often times going through a very difficult and emotional time in their lives. This niche practice is often associated with small firm practice, but attorneys in this area also practice at large firms as well as non-profits. Join our panel as they discuss careers in matrimonial and family law.

Careers in Bankruptcy & Restructuring Law
Thursday, August 5, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The Coronavirus pandemic has had devastating impacts on economies across the globe leading to an uptick in bankruptcy filings and restructurings from large corporations, small businesses, and individuals. As a result, the legal industry is likely to experience an increased demand for bankruptcy and restructuring attorneys.

Bankruptcy is a diverse practice area which touches upon many other areas of law in both litigation and transactional practice, making it accessible to attorneys with or without bankruptcy experience. Distinguished panelists will discuss their careers in bankruptcy and restructuring law and offer tips on how you too can break into the field.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

Albany Law
Brooklyn Law School
Columbia Law
Drexel Law
Duke Law School
New York Law School
Pace School of Law
UPenn Law
Quinnipiac Law
Seton Hall
St Johns Law School

Previous Summer/Fall 2020 and Winter/Spring 2021 Programs

City Bar members can view any past NLI programs for free under the Members Only section of the website, and students/alumni from sponsoring schools can contact their Career Services departments for recording links and passwords.

Networking and Interviewing in the Virtual World: Navigating the COVID-19 Landscape
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

New Attorneys Thriving: Facing the Uncertainty of the New Normal
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 | 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Making the Most of the New Lawyer Institute
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 18, 2020 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

LLM Graduates in Times of COVID-19: How to Navigate Your Career
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Careers in Bankruptcy Law
Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Careers in Health Law
Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Careers in Labor & Employment Law
Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Job Searching in a Pandemic: Finding a Job in a Virtual World
Monday, October 19, 2020 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Meet the Judge: Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

What New Lawyers Must Know About Alternative Dispute Resolution
Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

BootCamp: Basic Training for Lawyers
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Cover Letter and Resume Workshop
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Hot Practice Areas Post Pandemic
Monday, November 16,  2020 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Life After Graduation: A Discussion on Identifying and Managing Post Grad-Depression
Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Managing Student Loan Repayment: A Borrower's Guide
Thursday, January 7, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Meet the Judge: Hon. Lilliana Estrella-Castillo
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Ace Your Virtual Interview
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

On Ramp to the Legal Profession
Thursday, January 21, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Public Interest Interviewing: Tips & Tricks
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Legal Writing Primer for New Lawyers
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Art of Schmoozing
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Emerging Practice Areas: Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning; Cybersecurity/Data Privacy; and Cryptocurrency
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Careers in Non-Profits
Monday, April 26, 2021 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

How to Become an Assistant District Attorney
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Is NLI for me?

The NLI is valuable to all new graduates, whether they are newly employed or will be seeking and obtaining employment during the program year. Today, most lawyers can be expected to change jobs several times over the course of a career. Even young lawyers with jobs in large organizations will find that the NLI provides valuable guidance beyond that which is available at work. Special attention is paid to the needs of new lawyers who have not yet found their first position. Participation is useful to new lawyers’ overall career development, and also signals to potential employers and clients that the participant has gained skills and experience necessary for a successful practice.

Questions About the NLI

Please email Kristine Suarez, Committee Associate/Administrative Assistant.