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

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

Every year, law school graduates face the challenges of the job market. But 2020 is like no year in recent memory. New graduates are facing an uncertain job market, a global pandemic, and complex logistical delays caused by the shifting administration of the bar examination. In this panel, hear from experienced attorneys who will provide you with practical guidance for conducting your job search during this very unusual period. Topics will include digital networking, job hunting, and interviewing, and the program will allow time for questions and discussion.

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

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 2021 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 Law
Thursday, August 5, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Previous 2020-2021 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, September 21 | 12:30 - 2:00pm

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

BootCamp: Basic Training for Lawyers
Day One: Tuesday, September 30 | 8:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Day Two: Thursday, October 5 | 12:00 - 1:30 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 Taylor Ohlheiser, Committee Associate/Administrative Assistant.