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

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

Join the New Lawyer Institute for a discussion with Justice Tanya R. Kennedy. Learn about Justice Kennedy’s path to the bench and hear her tips as you launch your career as an attorney. This program is part of a series by the New Lawyer Institute to introduce recent law school graduates to members of New York’s judiciary.

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

New lawyers hoping to counsel clients through a conflict must know more than standard courtroom advocacy. Lawyers often resolve disputes through negotiation, mediation and arbitration -- subjects that are often overlooked in law school curricula. During this panel, you will hear from experts in different areas of ADR with the "nuts and bolts" of their practice area. The panel will also touch upon careers within dispute resolution itself, including roles as mediators, ombudspeople, and within government agencies. Finally, we will discuss the ways in which the pandemic has affected the practice of both litigation and dispute resolution.

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

This program provides recent law graduates and current law school students with critical career planning information and skill-building. During these challenging times, it’s essential to learn ways to differentiate yourself and strengthen your skills. Whether you are seeking a job at a large or small firm, government, or public interest organization, starting your own firm, or not sure what your next step should be, these sessions will provide information that will help you achieve success.

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

Your resume and cover letter are critical marketing tools in your job search. Both should be flawless and thoughtfully drafted to set you apart from the competition. Join representatives from a mid-sized firm, a government office, and a legal services organization for a panel moderated by a law school career services representative to learn what employers want you to include (and do not want you to include!) in your application materials. The speakers will also lead small breakouts and provide feedback on how to improve your most important job search tools!

Hot Practice Areas Post Pandemic
Monday, November 16,  2020 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
While certain areas of the law have seen a decrease in demand as a result of the pandemic, several practice areas have actually experienced an uptick. Hear from experienced professionals in three of these “hot” practice areas- Housing, Privacy and Class Action litigation. Panelists will provide insight to opportunities in these practice areas and offer helpful tips on how you can make yourself a marketable candidate. 

Ace Your Virtual Interview
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
In normal times, interviews – especially OCI interviews – are stressful. Interviewing in our new virtual environment adds new concerns and challenges. This panel of experienced law firm, government and private legal recruiters, will discuss strategies that will help you interview effectively in a virtual world. You will learn what employers want (and don’t want!) you to do in virtual interviews, and tips and tricks to put your best virtual foot forward.

Law School Sponsors:

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


Previous Summer/Fall 2020 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, 2019, 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.

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.