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 Health Law

Tuesday, June 6, 2023 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Health care law is a constantly evolving field that remains at the forefront of the legal profession in a variety of ways. Attorneys who specialize in this area work in a vast diversity of roles, which touch upon many different industries and span across the litigation, regulatory and transactional spectrum. The program includes panelists with exceptionally diverse backgrounds who will provide an overview of the field and discuss the emerging trends in health care law. Panelists will offer descriptions of their personal career path in health care as well as specific suggestions of practical steps that law students and lawyers can take to break into the field and make themselves more marketable to potential employers.


Careers in Real Estate Law

Tuesday, June 27, 2023 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

New York is the real estate capital of the world. The real estate industry has countless roles for emerging lawyers. The industry is fast-paced and ever-changing. And in recent years, the pandemic has created new challenges for real estate practitioners. A panel of real estate attorneys will discuss their practices from different perspectives— commercial, residential, litigation, and transactional. 


Careers in Cybersecurity

Tuesday, August 8, 2023 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cybersecurity and data privacy concerns continue to escalate, making this a hot legal market to enter. 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. In response, 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. Panelists will discuss how they got started in these areas and what they recommend for breaking into this growing and exciting area of the 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.


Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

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


Questions about the NLI

Please email Taylor Ohlheiser, Committee Associate.


Previous 2022-2023 NLI Programs

Legal Tech in Modern Law Practice: What New Lawyers Need to Know
Thursday, September 8, 2022 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Making the Most of the New Lawyer Institute
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

LL.M. Graduates in the New Normal: How to Navigate Your Career
Monday, October 4, 2022 | 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Networking and Interviewing in the Virtual World: Navigating the COVID-19 Landscape
Monday, October 17, 2022 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Career Perspectives on Labor and Employment
Thursday, November 3, 2022 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

On Ramp to the Profession
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Legal Writing Primer for New Lawyers
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Get Out of Your Head: Three Essential Social and Emotional Communication Skills to Ace Your Interview Game
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Art of Schmoozing
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Emerging Practice Areas: Cannabis, Cryptocurrency, Cybersecurity & Estate Planning
Thursday, March 23, 2023 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Maintaining Your Mental Health as a New Lawyer
Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Careers in Entertainment Law
Monday, April 3, 2023 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Exploring Careers in New York State and New York City Government
Tuesday, April 4, 2023 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm