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

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.

On Ramp to the Legal Profession
Thursday, January 21, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Law school teaches a great deal about substantive knowledge and technical skills that help us succeed in our profession. But there are a range of additional competences that new lawyers must learn (and more experienced lawyers must continue to develop) to be successful. This panel of leading legal professionals from different practice settings will share advice about topics such as time management and organizational efficiency, proactivity, habits, mindset, communication skills, relationship building, and the service-based nature of our profession. These tips will help you develop a strong and sustainable professional persona that will serve as a foundation for your success.

Public Interest Interviewing: Tips & Tricks
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Join us for a panel discussion focused on how law students and graduates interested in pursuing a career in public interest can be most effective in preparing for and answering challenging interview questions. Our panel of experts will be sharing their valuable perspectives as public interest employers on how to succeed during a public interest interview!

The Art of Schmoozing
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The art of schmoozing, otherwise known as networking with a purpose, is as important as ever for career and business development. In this engaging and interactive discussion, our panel of experts will teach you how to develop your schmoozing skills, providing tips on how to effectively and professionally speak to new contacts, colleagues, and even potential mentors in the virtual landscape as well as in person. We will cover the "dos and don'ts" of networking, the effective use of social media, and how to develop and maintain professional relationships through networking endeavors.


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 and Winter 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.

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.