Law Student Programs

Scholarships and Fellowships for New York City law students

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Thurgood Marshall Fellowship Program

The Thurgood Marshall Fellowship Program is designed to honor the legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall by providing internship experience in public service or civil rights to talented minority law students. Under this program, a Fellow works with the City Bar’s Committee on Civil Rights and the City Bar Justice Center for a year. With the Justice Center, the Fellow will have the opportunity to work on one or more projects serving New York’s needy, and with the Committee on Civil Rights, the Fellow will have a chance to participate in research and policy analysis on a range of civil rights issues.

During the course of the year, the Fellow receives all NYC Bar publications and notifications of events, and has the privileges of Association staff to attend those events. In addition, he/she is invited to participate in a variety of programs sponsored by the City Bar to enhance the Fellowship experience.


City Bar Diversity Fellowship Program

Administered by the Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers, this program provides summer clerkships for first-year students to address the under-representation of minority lawyers in law firms and corporate law departments. The New York City Bar Diversity Fellowship Program is available to all underrepresented populations in the field of law. The goal of the Fellowship Program is to offer first-year students from underrepresented populations a unique summer employment opportunity in outstanding law firms and corporate law departments. The Committee accordingly invites eleven New York City area law schools to participate in the Fellowship Program. Fellowship program page can be seen here


ASAFE/New York City Bar Securities & Finance Law Seminar Series

The New York City Bar Association and the Alliance of Securities and Financial Educators (ASAFE) will conduct a six-part Seminar Series on Securities and Finance Law beginning in January 2013 for diverse students attending New York City area law schools. The sessions will be presented by leading legal and compliance practitioners (including former and current regulators). Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the nuts and bolts and cutting edge issues in securities and finance law, explore careers in securities and finance law, and develop professional networks by meeting legal and compliance practitioners. Program page can be seen here.

Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, Inc. (PALS)

The New York City Bar proudly partners with Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, Inc. (PALS)  PALS® is dedicated to enhancing the skills and careers of minority law students and early career attorneys. PALS® does this by offering customized mentoring, educational and professional development opportunities. PALS® provides resources to augment the law school and employer training of, respectively, minority law students and beginning lawyers, and will continue to offer its services free of charge. For more information, please visit: 


For more information and resources for law students, please visit the Law Students page, available here.