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.


Summer Series

Careers in Labor & Employment Law

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Format: Hybrid

As technology reshapes the way we work and the global economy undergoes profound transformations, the field of Labor and Employment Law has never been more relevant or vital. From addressing the challenges of remote work to ensuring fair treatment in the workplace, this program offers invaluable insights into the legal issues shaping the future of work, while exploring how recent shifts in work patterns and business models are reshaping the legal landscape.

Attorneys who work in this space must be prepared to address myriad issues. Whether you’re interested in workers’ rights, advising businesses on compliance issues, or shaping future labor policies, this program will help you chart a course for success in a dynamic and ever-changing field. Our experienced panelists will discuss their practices from different perspectives and share how they got started in their careers as well as recommendations for aspiring Labor and Employment lawyers.

Careers in Cybersecurity

Tuesday, August 6, 2024 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Format: Hybrid

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. Program panelists will discuss how they got started in these areas, as well as what they recommend for breaking into this growing and exciting area of the law.


*Students and alumni from sponsoring law schools: To ensure your free registration, update the law school section under Manage My Account before registering, or register using your law school email address. For questions or to register, sign in or call (212) 382-6663.


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:


Questions about the NLI

Please email Taylor Ohlheiser, Committee Associate.


Previous 2023-2024 NLI Programs

Careers in Health Law
Tuesday, June 6, 2023 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Careers in Real Estate Law
Tuesday, June 27, 2023 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Careers in Cybersecurity
Tuesday, August 8, 2023 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Making the Most of the New Lawyer Institute
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Foundations for a Successful Legal Career
Thursday, October 5, 2023 | 6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

Networking and Interviewing in the Hybrid World
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 | 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Career Perspectives on Labor and Employment
Thursday, November 2, 2023 | 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Dealing with Law School Debt
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop
Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Alternative Dispute Resolution: What New Lawyers Must Know
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 | 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

LL.M. Students and Graduates: How to Navigate Your Career
Tuesday, January 16, 2024 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Careers in New York City Government
Tuesday, January 30, 2024 | 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Public Interest Interviewing: Tips & Tricks
Thursday, February 1, 2024 | 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Legal Writing Primer for New Lawyers
Tuesday, February 7, 2024 | 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm