NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program

A partnership between Street Law and NALP, this program partners law firms with diverse groups of high school students. The goal is to teach the students about the law and legal careers, encourage them to pursue legal careers, and offer support in that pursuit.

About the Program

In 2008 NALP and Street Law, Inc. partnered to create the NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program. This pipeline program is designed to provide information about the law and the legal profession to high school students.

Participating law firms are paired with local high schools. Volunteers from the firm teach students about substantive areas of the law and then host a one-day conference at the firm. Law firm participants are given the opportunity to work with a diverse group of interested young people in their community, and high school students learn about new career paths. The goal is to encourage talented and diverse students to consider legal careers.

Read the 2016-2017 Prospectus (PDF)

Participating Law Firms

Sustainer Level Law Firms

Miami, FL (2009-present)

San Francisco, CA (2008-present)

New York, NY (2008-present)

Additional Participating Law Firms

  • Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, P.A. Portland, ME (2012-2015)
  • Fox Rothschild LLP, Philadelphia, PA (2010-2014, 2016)
  • Holland & Knight LLP, Washington, DC (2008-2010, 2016)
  • Holland & Knight LLP, Miami, FL (2011-present)
  • Hunton and Williams LLP, New York, NY (2013-present)
  • Hunton and Williams LLP, Richmond, VA (2008-2015)
  • McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Atlanta, GA (2010, 2012, 2015), Washington, DC (2011-2014), San Diego, CA (2013-2015t)
  • Navy JAG Corps (2016-present)
  • Paul Weiss, New York, NY (2016-present)
  • Schiff Hardin, Chicago, IL (2016-present)
  • White & Case LLP New York, NY (2010-present)
  • Wiley Rein LLP, Washington, DC (2013-present)

Program Components

  • Training session for law firm volunteers and participating teachers led by Street Law staff
  • Visits to partner high school classrooms by law firm volunteers
  • Legal careers conference for high school students at the law firm
  • Additional activities for the most interested students

Research Based Approach
The Legal Diversity Pipeline Program is built on research based best practices, which suggest that in order to encourage young people to pursue a specific career, we should provide them with:

  • Career pathway education
  • Career role models
  • Opportunity to experience and enjoy career-related tasks
  • Support and encouragement

Law Firm Commitment

Firms that participate are asked to make a financial contribution to Street Law, Inc., to offset the costs of the program. For more information on the program’s funding see the Prospectus (PDF).

Participating firms also make a commitment to staff at least two visits to each participating classroom, host an on-site, one day legal careers conference for students at the law firm, and offer a follow-up activity for a smaller number of students.

Street Law offers complete support for participating law firms including training, program development assistance, a written manual and curriculum guide, and matching with an appropriate high school.

For more information on the program contact Joy Dingle, Street Law Program Director.

Learn more:

Reflections on the NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program: Looking Backward to Move Diversity Forward (PDF - NALP Bulletin article, August 2017)

Lessons from the First Three Years of the NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program (PDF - NALP Bulletin article, June 2012)

Volunteers Experience the Impact of the Street Law Pipeline Program (PDF - NALP Bulletin article, January 2010)

NALP/Street Law Pipeline Program Marks First Year (PDF - NALP Bulletin article, June 2009)

Evaluation Report

The NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program provides a framework, training, and curriculum for law firm volunteers to teach high school students about law and the legal profession and encourage the students to pursue legal careers. After the third year of the program, NALP and Street Law implemented an outcomes-based program evaluation to measure progress toward several short-term program goals. These goals include increasing student interest in legal careers, expanding student knowledge about legal careers and pathways to the legal profession, and providing social support and professional role models. Students responded to pre- and post-surveys designed to gather information about these outcomes. The results show important progress in students’ interest levels and high marks for the social support provided by volunteers. Results for students’ knowledge about legal careers and pathways are mixed.

Read the full evaluation report here.

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