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 law schools in an effort to coordinate the program and promote the program among the student body and alumni. 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 Cyber Security & Data Privacy Law
Thursday, August 4, 2022, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Can you name an industry that is not impacted by cybersecurity or data privacy? Probably not, which is one reason why these are two of the fastest growing and exciting areas of the law. International, federal, state, and local laws and regulations in cybersecurity and data privacy are rapidly evolving in response to emerging issues that seem to change almost daily. As the legal and regulatory environment continues to evolve, organizations are working hard to comply and protect the information they hold, paving the way for law firm, in-house, and public sector opportunities for new lawyers or lawyers in transition. Cybersecurity and data privacy attorneys work in litigation, regulatory, and transactional practices, as such these fields remain open to a diverse array of practice settings and require a diverse set of skills. Join our panel as they discuss careers in the evolving areas of cybersecurity and data privacy law.


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.

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.

Previous 2021-2022 NLI Programs

Careers in Commercial Real Estate
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Careers in Family & Matrimonial Law
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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

Networking and Interviewing in the Virtual World: Navigating the COVID-19 Landscape
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Making the Most of the New Lawyer Institute
Monday, September 27, 2021 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

BootCamp: Basic Training for Lawyers
Day 1: Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Day 2: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Job Searching in a Pandemic: Finding a Job in a Virtual World
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop
Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Careers in New York State Government
Monday, November 8, 2021 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

What New Lawyers Must Know About Alternative Dispute Resolution
Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

On Ramp to the Profession
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Legal Writing Primer for New Lawyers
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Public Interest Interviewing: Tips & Tricks
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Managing Student Loan Repayment: A Borrower's Guide
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

LL.M. Graduates in Times of COVID-19: How to Navigate Your Career
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Hybrid/Remote Future: A Two-Part Series Part One: Integrating into Hybrid and Virtual Legal Roles: Advice and Strategies
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 | 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Emerging Practice Areas: Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Cybersecurity/Data Privacy, Information Governance/eDiscovery, and Cryptocurrency
Thursday, March 24, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Art of Schmoozing
Thursday, April 7, 2022 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

WTF: Lawyer Well-Being (What’s the Future?)
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 | 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Thinking About a Career in Non-Profits: Why a Career in Non-Profits is a Great Choice
Monday, June 27, 2022 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Careers in Compliance
Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Careers in Labor & Employment Law
Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM



Questions about the NLI

Please email Taylor Ohlheiser, Committee Associate/Administrative Assistant.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

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