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Law Firm Diversity Pipeline Program

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

The following law firms are participating in the 2013-14 year of the program:

  • Bernstein Shur, Portland, ME
  • Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod, Miami
  • Kirkland & Ellis, San Francisco  
  • Holland & Knight, Miami
  • Hunton & Williams, Richmond and New York
  • McKenna Long & Aldridge, Washington, DC & San Diego, CA
  • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York
  • White & Case, New York
  • Wiley Rein, Washington, DC

This program is a national partnership between Street Law and NALP.

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This law-firm based program addresses the unique challenges and opportunities available for diversity pipeline programming at law firms. The core activities include a training session for law firm volunteers and participating teachers, classroom visits to a diverse high school class, a one-day event at the law firm for the students, and an enhancement activity for the most interested high school students. The program also involves law schools through additional field trips to the law school and participation by law students and law school staff in the one-day event at the law firm.The NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline program builds on the successful Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, which has been in operation since 2001 in partnership with the Association of Corporate Counsel.  

The one-day event at the law firm includes several interactive workshops for the students (such as a mock arbitration or contract negotiation exercise, or a simulated deposition), a tour of the firm, and a career panel and/or career fair to explore different practice areas or jobs in the profession. The classroom visits that precede the conference cover legal topics that pertain to the workshops at the one day event. Lessons also introduce the students to legal careers and pathways to the legal profession.

Street Law finds partner schools and provides training, lesson plans, workshops, and technical assistance.

For Further Information

Contact Lee Arbetman or Megan Hanson at Street Law or Jim Leipold or Courtney Dredden at NALP.

Support for Participating Law Firms

Street Law will find up to three partner high school classes for each pilot law firm, based on the number of volunteers each firm has. Each firm will need to provide at least a dozen volunteers, and the group can include paralegals and career services staff as well as lawyers. Street Law will train the volunteers in program implementation, teaching strategies, and lesson use at the start of each school year. Street Law will then be available by phone and email for technical assistance as the programs get underway. In addition, Street Law will provide each participating law firm with a program guide that includes:

  • A clear description of program components
  • Research-based best practices
  • A selection of ready-to-use classroom lessons
  • A selection of ready-to-use one-day event workshops
  • Sample agendas for the one-day event
  • Templates for all documents the law firm might use related to the program
 

Sustainer Law Firms

 Participating Law Firms

  • Bernstein Shur
  • Holland & Knight
  • Hunton & Williams
  • McKenna Long & Aldridge
  • White & Case
  • Wiley Rein

Participating law firms have access to the Electronic Library of resources and lessons.

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