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Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program

This program partners corporate legal departments with nearby, diverse high school law classes.  Through classroom visits and a field trip to corporate headquarters, volunteers teach lessons and lead activities designed to increase students’ knowledge and interest in the law and legal careers.

This program is a national partnership between Street Law and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

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Overview

The program tackles the lack of diversity in the legal profession by focusing on strategies that will encourage students of color to enter the legal profession. It provides students with role models, connections with legal professionals, and the opportunity to experience the types of work lawyers do. Students are able to broaden their impressions of the legal profession and fuel their interest in legal careers. The program sets out to achieve these objectives through four program components: training, classroom visits, a conference at the corporate headquarters, and program extensions for the most promising students.

To become involved in the Corporate Diversity Pipeline Program, contact

Program Components

Street Law pairs each participating corporate legal department with one or more high school classes. Street Law provides training to the corporate volunteers and participating teachers, as well as guidance on topic selection and lesson plans. There are four components to this program:

  1. Training: Street Law provides a four-hour training session for all volunteers and the partner teacher. At this session, we choose topics to teach and plan out the semester.
  2. Classroom Visits: Legal department volunteers visit their partner classroom 2-6 times over the course of the semester to teach about topics in civil law and the legal profession.
  3. Conference at the Company: Students attend a day-long field trip. They participate in interactive, authentic workshops on legal topics where they utilize the skills and knowledge acquired over the course of the semester. The students also attend a career fair at the conference, where they learn about the variety of legal jobs in the corporate sector.
  4. Extentions: In the second year of the program, most corporations offer some sort of follow-up with the most promising students – several have offered job shadow days, mentoring, internships, or scholarships.

Corporate Partners

As of February 2014, the following corporations were conducting diversity pipeline programs in conjunction with Street Law, Inc. and their local schools:

  • McDonald's Corporation (Oakbrook, IL)
  • The Coca-Cola Company (Atlanta)
  • Central Pennsylvania ACC Chapter (Hershey, PA)
  • General Motors Corporation (Detroit)
  • Merck & Co., Inc. (Whitehouse Station, NJ)
  • Marriott International, Inc. (Bethesda, MD)
  • Southern California Edison (Rosemead, CA)
  • Marriott Vacation Club International (Orlando)
  • Chicago ACC Chapter (Chicago and Elgin, IL)
  • CA Technologies Inc. (Islandia, NY)
  • Allstate (Chicago, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, New Jersey, Orlando, Miami, Hartford, Seattle, Dallas, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Atlanta, Detroit, Houston)
  • Macy’s (Cincinnati, St. Louis, San Francisco, New York, Atlanta)
  • DuPont (Wilmington, DE)
  • Discovery Communications (Silver Spring, MD)
  • Intelsat (Washington, DC)
  • General Electric (Chicago, Connecticut, Erie, PA, Milwaukee, and Toronto) and GE Energy (Atlanta)
  • Southern California ACC Chapter (Los Angeles)
  • Wyndham Worldwide & Wyndham Vacation Ownership (Orlando)
  • International Paper (Memphis)
  • Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (Atlanta)
  • Eli Lilly & Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (Indianapolis)
  • BlueCross BlueShield of TN & Chambliss Bahner & Stophel (Chattanooga, TN)
  • NBC Universal (New York)
  • Washington Metropolitan Chapter of the ACC (Washington, DC)
  • Pfizer (New York)
  • Computer Sciences Corporation (Falls Church, VA) and Computer Sciences Corporation & Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP (Columbia, SC)
  • Washington Chapter of the ACC (Seattle)
  • Fox Entertainment Group, Inc. (Los Angeles)
  • Verizon (Basking Ridge, NJ, Northern Virginia, New York City, Atlanta, and Chicago)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth ACC Chapter (Dallas)
  • UPS (Atlanta)
  • HP (Palo Alto, CA, Berkeley Heights, NJ, Houston, TX, Plano, TX, and Washington, DC)
  • Association of Corporate Counsel – Delaware Valley (DELVACCA) Chapter (Philadelphia), South Carolina Chapter & Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP (Irmo, SC)
  • WellPoint, Inc. & Bingham Greenbaum (Indianapolis), WellPoint, Inc. & Hogan Lovells (Northern Virginia),  WellPoint, Inc. & Reed Smith (Los Angeles), 
  • HMSHost Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
  • Caterpillar Inc. (Peoria, IL)
  • AT&T (Dallas, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Austin, TX)
  • Nationwide (Columbus, OH, Des Moines, IA & Scottsdale, AZ)
  • Central Florida ACC Chapter and Holland & Knight (Orlando, FL)
  • Baxter International, Inc. (Chicago)
  • St. Louis ACC (St. Louis)
  • AIG (Los Angeles and New York)
  • The Association of Corporate Counsel (Washington, DC)
  • The Sherwin-Williams Company & Ogletree Deakins (Cleveland, OH)
  • Association of Corporate Counsel – Georgia Chapter (Atlanta)
  • Hughes Network Systems (Washington, DC)
  • Harley Davidson and Foley Lardner (Milwaukee)
  • Wawa (Chester, PA)
  • PetSmart (Phoenix)
  • American Dairy Queen Corporation (Minneapolis)
  • HBO (New York City)
  • Time Warner (New York City)
  • BP America Inc. (Houston)

Electronic Library

Street Law has compiled extensive resources, lesson plans, conference workshops, and career fair ideas on our password-protected electronic library. Participating sites are encouraged to download already-prepared lessons and activities for use with the students.

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