Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program

The Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program places diverse New York City public high school students with legal employers for the summer. This program runs annually from April through August and is part of the Association’s continuing efforts to enhance the diversity of the legal profession.

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Learn more about the 2023 Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program here.

Students from the 2019 Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program celebrate their successful completion of the program with a Closing Graduation Ceremony in August 2019. Photo by Alycua Kravitz.

The Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program is an intensive program which places diverse NYC public high school students with legal employers for the summer, and provides them with additional programming before, during, and after the summer designed to help them prepare for a legal career.

Students are selected to participate in the Program based upon personal interviews and demonstrated academic excellence. Job assignments in firms vary depending on the needs of the employer, but typically include assisting paralegals, filing, record keeping, assisting library and back-office personnel, data entry and document and exhibit organization.

Prior to interviewing with employers, all applicants participate in a mandatory, three-part Pre Employment Training. The purpose of this training is to identify the students who are most prepared to take on the requirements of the Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program, and to provide valuable training for all students to help them strengthen their application materials for future opportunities.

In addition to their employment, the interns attend the following development workshops*:

Opening Ceremony
Monday, May 29, 2023

Speed Networking
Monday, June 26, 2023
A comprehensive networking training, followed by participation in a Speed Networking Program hosted by a law firm, during which students meet in speed-sessions with volunteer attorneys.

Diverse Career Opportunities Panel
Monday, July 17, 2023
A panel of four attorneys in diverse career fields speaks about their career paths and provide advice for attaining one’s professional goals. The students are then divided into small group sessions with attorneys who speak about their career paths, and the students report back to the group, followed by an open networking session.

Closing Ceremony
Monday, August 28, 2023
Students attend a graduation ceremony and reception featuring remarks from supporters of the program and receive a certificate of successful completion.

*All dates subject to change


All students must complete an application form and submit supporting materials to Mary Ellen LaRosa at by Sunday, January 29, 2023, 11:59 pm.

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Mary Ellen LaRosa
Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator