Opportunities for Unemployed and Transitioning Lawyers

To accommodate the needs of unemployed and transitioning lawyers, we have established programs 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.

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

Resume Review Service
Managed by the Young Lawyers Section, this intiative has volunteers from many practice areas to help you tune your resume to land that job you want.  Click here  for more information on NYCLA's Resume Review Service

Mock Interview Program
A unique Members-Only service that gives you face time with attorneys in your chosen field of practice in a mock interview setting.  Sharpen your skills and find out the best way to present your professional assets in an interview.  Great for newly admitted attorneys as well as experienced attorneys looking to make a change.  Log in to view this benefit here  

NYCLA Career Center
NYCLA is the first New York area association to provide online local and national job listings, through 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.

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Watch this space for the kick-off of these and future programs.