Get Involved with Students

Hundreds of NYLS alumni actively help those who are following in their footsteps. Join their ranks and get involved in a meaningful way that works for you.   

Professional Network

Become a part of NYLS Professional Network: students have access to a database of attorneys who have offered to speak with them to discuss such topics as the attorney’s career path, resumes, cover letters, and practice area options.  This enables NYLS Alumni to assist NYLS students in a variety of ways, without the obligation of maintaining an ongoing relationship. Register here to join the NYLS Professional Network.

Alumni Mentors

Serve as a mentor to one or more student(s).  Alumni Mentors are part of the Professional Network, and they may volunteer to serve as mentors only, or in addition to other ways they want to be involved.  Students will reach out to you directly to request a mentoring relationship, if you are listed in our database as a potential mentor.  As part of the mentoring relationship, mentors and mentees make a commitment to meet at least three times during the year.  During such meetings, we encourage you to discuss and refine your mentee’s career goals, share information about your law practice, refer them to fellow alumni and other professional contacts, and guide them as they enter the profession and learn more about the practice of law.

Practice Interview Program

Conduct 30-minute practice interviews with four students during a two-hour time slot in your office or at NYLS. Interviews are scheduled on a day and time convenient for you. Practice interviews are typically held directly preceding fall and spring recruitment, in February and July. Single interviews may also be scheduled throughout the year.

Hire a NYLS Student or Recent Graduate

If you have any recruiting needs, for interns or entry-level attorneys, the Office of Career Planning can help! You can specify your hiring criteria, the candidate application materials you require, and the manner and timeframe for receiving applications. To learn more, click here or email

Career Programs

The Office of Career Planning prepares a variety of programs throughout the year, and we are always looking for alumni to serve on a career panel, come to a practice area lunch, and participate in networking events with our students.  We found that through these programs, our students come away with a heightened understanding of various practice areas, as well as a deeper sense of the different settings – law firm, in-house, government agency, public interest organization.  In addition to a larger-scale networking events and practice area forums, there are opportunities for our alumni to participate in more informal meetings with the students held during lunch time in the fall and spring semesters.

If you are interested in participating in, or have questions, regarding any of the above programs, please contact our office at or let us know your area of interest through this form.