Students who join the center participate in a focused curriculum that helps guide students through their remaining law school studies and helps prepare them for practice.
About the program:
Students in the center examine the role and regulation of lawyers and law firms in American society and study the changing dynamics of legal markets and careers. Designed to provide students with an in-depth portrait of law practice in a variety of settings—from the court room to the board room to Guantanamo Bay—the center sponsors research, symposia, and speakers to bring the “real world” of practice to the classroom and legal education more broadly. The center provides students with an intellectual home during their last two years of law school, as well as an opportunity to improve their academic research and writing skills under close faculty supervision. Student affiliates are invited to contribute to ongoing research or to design their own inquiries, through participation in focused seminars and independent study. By the time members graduate, they have a rich understanding of the legal market and the career paths open to attorneys, as well as a portfolio of written work that helps them achieve their goals. Research initiatives by center faculty focus on a range of topics including: the changing boundaries of the legal profession and competition with other professions; diversity and diversity initiatives in the New York City bar; the expanding role of in-house counsel in corporations and professional firms; and prosecutorial ethics.
Student members receive:
Students in their first year of study are welcome at all of the center's public events. Because of the rigors of the first-year curriculum, however, students are not eligible for formal membership until the completion of their first-year coursework.
Membership is based on a competitive application process, and each applicant is judged on his/her own merit. Please note: