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Opportunities for Unemployed and Transitioning Lawyers

To accommodate the needs of unemployed and transitioning lawyers, we have established a Task Force to provide you training and experience to enhance your marketability and add value to your resumes.  Our programs provide courtroom experience, expanded CLE opportunities and career resources all aimed at helping you navigate your future.

Courtroom Experience

Civil Court Program:  Consumer Debt Collection Defense
This pilot program offers opportunities to obtain valuable contested hearing experience representing defendants in consumer debt collection cases in Civil Court.  We will connect you with an experienced attorney who will provide supervision, mentoring and networking opportunities while you counsel consumers who would otherwise be without legal representation. Interested in this program? Email eugenenathanson@eugenenathanson.us or ldavis@nycla.org

NYCLA Pro Bono Programs
In keeping with NYCLA’s mission to provide “free legal services for the indigent, low-income and other persons in need,” we invite attorneys to participate in our pro bono projects.

We offer a variety of opportunities, for the less experienced practitioner and appropriate training is provided by NYCLA for each project. Projects include:

Volunteer lawyers must be NYCLA members in good standing and meet additional requirements specific to each project.  MCLE credits will be awarded to those participants who complete the project requirements.

We encourage you to consider giving your professional expertise and time to one or more of our worthy projects.

Expanded Opportunities for Continuing Legal Education

Tuition Assistance For NYCLA CLE Courses
Tuition assistance is available by application, and will be extended to unemployed attorneys, employees in the public sector and attorneys who can establish financial hardship. Attorneys who meet the criteria may be granted a credit toward the applicable course registration fee. Applications must be received no later than one week prior to the program for consideration. A resume and affirmation of income must accompany the application. Please indicate whether you're seeking New York or New Jersey credit. Please call 212-267-6646, ext. 215 to request a form, or click here to download a form.

NOTE: If applying for Tuition Assistance, please DO NOT register for the program until we have evaluated your application. Please call for assistance if you have any questions.

Career Development Tools

NYCLA Career Roundtable Events
Over the next year we will host a series of events to help you with job hunting, resume writing and interviewing skills. The programs are led by leading recruiters, attorneys and career development experts.

Career Development Articles
Both our weekly Issues and Trends e-news and Monthly New York County Lawyer Newspaper  are delivered straight to you. Articles cover a wide range of topics including, what hiring managers are looking for, salary trends and job search tactics.

NYCLA Career Center

NYCLA is the first New York area association to provide online local and national job listings, through legalstaff.com. Members and non-members can search job listings and post resumes, at no cost. Job postings are also emailed to members each Friday via our weekly e-news.

NYCLA, the community you can count on!
Watch this space for the kick-off of these and future programs.
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