New Lawyers Overview

The City Bar has a number of programs targeted toward new lawyers and future lawyers. Lawyers Connect produces First Thursdays, a series of events tailor-made for networking. We have increased the number of opportunities for new lawyers, practicing for less than ten years to serve on City Bar committees by creating a New Lawyers Council. The New Lawyers Council has four committees under its jurisdiction and they are:

  • Public Service Committee develops programs to provide service to the public. These activities include community education on legal issues as well as non-legal activities such as clothing drives or other public- spirited projects.
  • Social Events & Networking Committee develops networking opportunities and social events for newer lawyers in the City Bar. The committee works closely with the Membership Department, which produces “Lawyers Connect First Thursdays” and other events to appeal to newer lawyers.
  • New Lawyer Practice & Skills Committee focuses on professional development materials and programming tailored to junior associates and their in-house and non-profit counterparts.
  • National Moot Court Competition Committee manages the highly-regarded annual National Moot Court Competition among law schools. Over 190 law-school teams from 15 regions participated leading-up to the final rounds which are held at the City Bar.

Programs, Social Events & Networking

The City Bar always has a number of programs throughout the day and at night on various issues of law ranging from international human rights issues to changes in the regulation of the financial system. In addition to keeping our members informed on the various issues and changes in the legal world, the City Bar also has various social events where members can convene in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Career Development

Becoming a member of the New York City Bar Association is a great way to start shaping a new lawyer’s career early on. The Association has several programs created specifically for recent law school graduates. There are a number of programs held year-round aimed at providing helpful tips for applying for jobs, writing your resume and cover letter, interviewing and more.

Lawyers Connect

Responding to the challenges of being a busy new lawyer or law student, the City Bar created Lawyers Connect, a mix of live events and online programming for new attorneys and law students who want to take an active role in their career. Lawyers Connect was created to help you excel in your professional life, maintain a personal life, and enjoy your legal career.

New Lawyer Institute (NLI)

The NLI focuses on the needs of recent graduates as they transition from student to practitioner by offering a continuing education curriculum designed to equip new lawyers with the practical skills and substantive knowledge they need to advance their careers. The program also includes training and experience in professional networking and job interviewing, and access to mentorship opportunities.