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Law Firm Legal Diversity Pipeline Program Year in Review
July 30, 2013
This year, high school students in seven cities across the country explored the legal profession through the NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program. More than 400 students at 10 high schools were involved in the program—which included classroom visits from law firm and law school volunteers, field trips to the partner law firms, and opportunities to network, build mentoring relationships, and experience real-world legal issues. The program made an impact on the students and exposed them to a new potential career. A student in Miami said, “The most important thing I learned was that I want to be a lawyer, and I can become one if I work hard.”
Pre- and post-program survey results indicate that the program is increasing students' interest in and knowledge of legal careers:
Every program site included a one-day student conference at the law firm. At these events, students took the role of lawyers as they simulated challenging legal problems. Students negotiated mock contracts, argued in mock trials, testified at mock legislative hearings, and designed mock policies.
Each site featured a variety of networking opportunities during the law firm field trip. At these events, students had the chance to engage in one-on-one conversations with attorneys, ask questions about the profession, and practice their networking skills. The students loved these activities and made some great connections!
Several program sites included law students in teaching positions or featured a visit to a local partner law school. These visits allowed students to meet law students and ask questions about the process of applying and completing law school and career options.
Students, teachers, and volunteers agreed that this year’s programs were fun, worthwhile, and enlightening. When asked whether this program heightened their interest in the legal profession, an overwhelming number of students said yes. One student stated, “I learned from this program that being an attorney is awesome!”
In discussing what they learned, students said
If your law school or law firm is interested in participating, please contact Megan Hanson.
(Reproduced with permission)
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Topic: Civic & Law-Related Education
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