The New York City Bar Association (City Bar), founded in 1870, is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. Today the City Bar has over 23,000 members and 150 committees that focus on legal practice areas and issues. The City Bar’s Office for Diversity was created in 2004 to work with New York City legal employers to foster more diverse and inclusive work environments. Over 120 law firms and corporations have signed on to the Association's Statement of Diversity Principles, which represents a strong commitment to establish and attain diversity goals. The Statement defines diversity as an inclusive concept, encompassing race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, nationality, age, and marital and parental status.
Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, Inc. (PALS) is dedicated to enhancing the skills and careers of minority law students and early career attorneys. PALS does this by offering customized mentoring, educational and professional development opportunities. PALS provides resources to augment the law school and employer training of, respectively, minority law students and beginning lawyers, and will continue to offer its services free of charge.
The City Bar/PALS Law Preview Scholarship seeks to benefit minority students who would like to attend the Law Preview class and who plan to attend one of the nine law schools listed below.
The City Bar & PALS Law Preview Scholarship Criteria
To be eligible to become a City Bar & PALS Law Preview Scholarship recipient, applicants must (i) a member of a historically underrepresented group in the legal profession; and (ii) be enrolled to begin classes at one of the following law schools in the fall:
- Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
- Brooklyn Law School
- City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law
- Hofstra University School of Law
- New York Law School
- Pace University School of Law
- Rutgers University School of Law - Newark
- Seton Hall University School of Law
- St. John's University School of Law
- Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
PLEASE NOTE that the law schools listed below are schools that both the City Bar and PALS support, but which have their own separate scholarship programs through private sponsors. If you plan to attend one of these schools and apply for a scholarship for which you are ultimately rejected, you will be invited to re-apply for sponsorship through the NYCBar-PALS scholarship program:
- Columbia University Law School (sponsored by Morrison & Foerster and WilmerHale)
- Fordham University School of Law (sponsored by Clifford Chance)
- New York University School of Law (sponsored by Latham & Watkins)
Applications for the City Bar and PALS Law Preview Scholarship will be accepted until June 5. A selection committee will evaluate all completed applications, and scholarship recipients will be notified on a rolling basis by June 20. If you plan to attend one of the eligible law school, and meet the scholarship criteria, complete the online application before the scholarship deadline.
In today’s competitive legal hiring market, strong first-year grades can make the difference between getting recruited for a job and searching for one. We are fortunate to partner with Law Preview, where we have the opportunity to make a substantial difference in the lives of diverse law students by helping to prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead. Since establishing our Law Preview Scholarship in 2012 we have seen, firsthand, how early exposure to first-year curriculum, as well as presentations on exam-writing and note taking techniques, has dramatically impacted the academic performance and career trajectories of scholarship recipients. For this reason, I believe that the Law Preview Scholarship Program is one of the most unique and important opportunities we have at the City Bar to help diverse law students succeed in law school and their legal careers.
Law Preview provided the basis of my understanding for my 1L classes. Undoubtedly, without that basis, my performance on my exams would not have been comparable. Thanks to Law Preview, I learned the best methods to study and the importance of outlining. It was also beneficial that Law Preview exposed me to reading cases and the type of format an exam will require. From the days I stepped out of Law Preview, I knew that law school required focus and dedication to my studies. Thus, Law Preview is the reason for my success and 3.78 grade point average.
Over the course of six days, Law Preview introduced me to the first year law school curriculum, the Socratic method, and study tips to prepare for finals. Specifically, the founder of the program, Don Macaulay, provided the students with important resources, such as calendars and supplements, for finals preparation and advice about time-management. Additionally, because of the relationship between Law Preview and BARBRI, all program alumni have free access to BARBRI's online resources, including lectures, for the first-year curriculum. Those resources were especially useful during reading period. Without the program, I would have had daunting and misguided expectations of the first year of law school. Law Preview instilled confidence in me by revealing that law school is manageable. That confidence translated to my academic performance in my first semester.