Legal Diversity Pipeline Programs

Street Law’s Legal Diversity Pipeline Programs partner law firms and corporate legal departments with nearby, diverse high school classes. Through classroom visits and a field trip to the law firm or legal department, volunteers teach lessons and lead activities designed to increase students' knowledge and interest in the law and legal careers. 

This Pipeline Program can serve as one component of comprehensive diversity efforts led by companies and law firms.  

Street Law implements this program with support and collaboration from two national partners: NALP and the Association of Corporate Counsel

Street Law’s Legal Diversity Pipeline Programs are designed to encourage the pursuit of legal careers by young people from groups that are currently underrepresented in the legal profession. Legal volunteers provide role modeling, career pathway information, support, and the opportunity to step into the shoes of a legal professional and engage in simulated legal problem-solving.

Street Law has been leading Legal Diversity Pipeline Programs with legal community partners since 2001. More than 50 companies and firms are currently participating—engaging more than 1,900 volunteers serving over 5,000 high school students per year.

Program Components 

Street Law matches law firm or in-house legal department volunteers with nearby, diverse high school social studies courses. Street Law provides training and curriculum to the volunteers, who then visit their partner classes a few times to teach about civil law and legal careers. The semester culminates in a Legal Careers Conference hosted by the company or law firm where the students participate in exciting, interactive legal simulations where they utilize the skills and knowledge acquired over the course of the program. The students also attend a career fair at the conference, where they learn about the variety of legal jobs in law firms and companies. 

Street Law has turnkey, engaging lessons on a wide variety of civil law topics, including intellectual property, contracts, torts, alternative dispute resolution, employment law, and environmental law. Comprehensive training prepares lawyers and other legal professionals to be effective facilitators of the lessons and introduces them to their partner school and teacher. Street Law provides technical support throughout the planning and implementation of the program, and helps design the Legal Careers Conference agenda and provides all the lesson plans for the legal simulations and activities at that event.

In the second year of the program, participating law firms and corporations often offer some sort of follow-up activity with the most promising students. Examples include job shadow days, mentoring, internships, or scholarships. Companies and law firms are encouraged to collaborate with area law schools to further strengthen the program and the pipeline to the legal profession.


Roles

When a law firm or company signs on to participate in the program, Street Law will:

  • Find up to three partner high school classes (based on the number of volunteers)
  • Train the volunteers in program implementation, teaching strategies, and lesson use
  • Be available for ongoing phone- and email-based technical assistance throughout the program cycle
  • Provide an in-depth program guide that includes the following resources:
    • A clear description of program components
    • Research-based best practices
    • A selection of ready-to-use classroom lessons
    • A selection of ready-to-use Legal Careers Conference workshops
    • Sample agendas for the Legal Careers Conference
    • Templates for all documents to organize and implement the program

The law firms or companies are responsible for providing at least 8-12 volunteers, which can include lawyers, paralegals, career services staff, and law students.

Law firms and companies make a charitable contribution to Street Law to offset the costs of the program.

Program Evaluation

Outcomes-based evaluations of our Legal Diversity Pipeline Programs found the following results in participating high school students: 

  • Students’ awareness of legal career pathways increased
  • Students’ awareness of the steps necessary to obtain those careers increased 
  • Students’ overall interest in the legal profession increased
  • Students’ levels of inspiration by the program’s volunteers as role models increased

(View complete evaluation reports.)  


Video - Creating a Pipeline to the Legal Profession

Thank you to Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and the Association of Corporate Counsel for producing this video.

Street Law’s national partners in this program are NALP and the Association of Corporate Counsel

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As of August 2018, the following law firms, corporations, and ACC chapters were participating in the Legal Diversity Pipeline Programs:

[For more information on each site, please visit our map of Program Locations]

  • ACC Central Florida Chapter and Holland & Knight (Orlando, FL)*
  • ACC Chicago Chapter (Chicago and Elgin, IL)
  • ACC Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter (Dallas)
  • ACC Georgia Chapter (Atlanta)
  • ACC Greater Philadelphia Chapter (Philadelphia)
  • ACC National Capital Region (Richmond, VA and Washington)
  • ACC San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (San Francisco)
  • ACC Southern California Chapter (Los Angeles)
  • ACC St. Louis Chapter (St. Louis)
  • ACC Washington State Chapter (Seattle)
  • AIG (Houston, Los Angeles, and New York)
  • Allstate (Chicago; Dallas; Detroit; Hartford, CT; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; New Jersey; New Orleans; New York; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia; San Francisco; Seattle; Tampa, FL; and Washington)
  • Anthem, Inc. (Hogan Lovells in Northern Virginia; McLane Middleton in Manchester, NH; Reed Smith in Los Angeles; Troutman Sanders in Atlanta; Troutman Sanders in Richmond, VA; and Vorys in Cincinnati)*
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (Washington)
  • AT&T (Atlanta; Austin, TX; Dallas; and San Francisco)
  • Baxter International, Inc. (Chicago)
  •  Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP (Miami)†
  •  CA Technologies Inc. (Islandia, NY)
  •  Capital One and ACC National Capital Region (Richmond, VA)*
  •  Caterpillar Inc. (Peoria, IL)
  •  The Coca-Cola Company, King & Spalding, and Emory Law School (Atlanta)*
  •  Eli Lilly & Company and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (Indianapolis)*
  •  Epstein, Becker & Green LLP (New York)
  •  Exelon and Venable LLP (Washington)
  •  Fox Rothschild LLP (Philadelphia)
  •  GEICO (Silver Spring, MD)
  •  General Electric (Atlanta; Greenville, SC; and Milwaukee)
  •  Google
  •  Harley Davidson and Foley & Lardner LLP (Milwaukee)*
  •  Holland & Knight LLP (Miami and Washington)
  •  HBO (New York)
  •  The Home Depot and Alston & Bird LLP (Atlanta)*
  •  HPE and HP Inc. (Berkeley Heights, NJ; Houston; Palo Alto, CA; Plano, TX; Washington with Dentons)
  •  Hughes Network Systems & ACC National Capital Region (Washington)*
  •  Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (New York and Richmond, VA)
  •  International Paper (Memphis, TN)
  •  Kirkland & Ellis LLP (San Francisco)
  •  Lockheed Martin (Denver)
  •  Macy’s (Cincinnati, New York, San Francisco, and St. Louis)
  •  Marriott Vacations Worldwide (Orlando, FL)
  •  McDonald's Corporation (Oakbrook, IL)
  •  Merck & Co., Inc. (Rahway, NJ and Norristown, PA)
  •  Nationwide (Columbus, OH; Des Moines, IA; and Scottsdale, AZ)
  •  NBC Universal (New York)
  •  Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (New York and Washington)
  •  Pfizer Inc. (New York)
  •  Schiff Hardin LLP (Chicago)
  •  Southern California Edison (Rosemead, CA)
  •  Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (Atlanta)
  •  UPS (Atlanta)
  •  Verizon (Atlanta; Basking Ridge, NJ; Chicago; Dallas, TX with Jones Day; New York; Reston,VA; Falls Church, VA; San Francisco; Silver Spring, MD; and Valhalla, NY)
  •  Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz (New York)†
  •  Walmart (Bentonville, AR)
  •  Wawa (Chester, PA)
  •  White & Case LLP (New York)
  •  Wyndham Worldwide & Wyndham Vacation Ownership (Orlando, FL)

 


Why do some program sites have partners? Some companies and firms partner with each other or with local law schools, professional associations, or community-based organizations to increase their overall capacity to serve more high school students and provide additional law-related programming.

† Sustaining Partner: Our Sustaining Partners make a larger financial contribution so that additional students may participate in the program. 

All registered program volunteers have access to an extensive electronic library of lesson plans, conference workshops, career fair ideas, and other program resources. Participating sites are encouraged to download these already-prepared lessons and activities for use with the students. 

Electronic Library

Link not working for you? Your company/firm's firewall may be interfering. You can still access the legacy version of the electronic library by logging into your StreetLaw.org account. 

If you are having problems accessing the library or have questions about its contents, please contact Erica Wang for assistance.

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Joy Dingle

Director, Legal Diversity Pipeline Programs