Press about the Brooklyn Legal Diversity Pipeline:
The Brooklyn Legal Pipeline Initiative (BLPI) is designed to give diverse students who live or attend college in Brooklyn direct instruction on how to successfully apply to and fund a law school education. Each participant will be matched with an attorney mentor. Participants who attend all sessions will be offered an opportunity to obtain a non-paying summer internship. Stipends may be available to defray certain transportation and ancillary costs associated with the internships. This program is co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (BWBA), The Defense Association of New York (DANY) and the Brooklyn Bar Association (BBA).
Selected students will attend five (5) two-hour classroom sessions, once a month, starting in February 2017 that will be moderated by Paula Edgar, a speaker, attorney, diversity and inclusion coach and former law school administrator. Classes will be held at the Brooklyn Bar Association’s landmark building located at 123 Remsen Street in downtown Brooklyn. These classes will be held from 5:30- 7:30 PM on the following dates and will address the following topics:
February 27, 2017 – The Legal Profession – What is a lawyer? What do they do? –Panel discussion with judges and attorneys describing the areas in which they practice.
March 13, 2017 – Applying to Law School – Course selection- Time management – Writing skills – IRAC – The LSAT’s – Paying for law school – Guided questions and answer session with a college career counselor and a law school admissions officer.
March 27, 2017 – Networking and Mentoring – Each participant will be paired with an Attorney Mentor – Developing a resume and cover letter.
April 24, 2017 – Internships –Interview Skills – Professionalism.
May 22, 2017– Mock Interviews – Each participant will participate in simulated interviews and will receive immediate constructive feedback.
June -August 2017 – Summer Internship Program