Skadden and City College Team Up to Promote Diversity

Skadden, Arps and The City College of New York have created a program to increase diversity in law schools and the legal profession. The Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom Honors Program in Legal Studies at The City College of New York will provide talented students of diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds with the education, groundwork and experience necessary to gain admission to competitive law schools and to succeed as students.

Skadden initially has committed approximately $10 million over the next ten years to the Honors Program, which is expected to welcome participants in the fall 2008-09 school year. The program will begin with a pre-honors sequence for City College freshmen and sophomores to cultivate their interest in the law and to help recruit interested and talented students as junior- and senior-level program scholars. Once the program is fully implemented, up to 100 juniors and seniors, selected through a highly competitive process, will benefit from a two-year program.

In addition to financial assistance, the students will receive mentoring from Skadden attorneys and other leading legal employers, paid summer internships and an honors curriculum of special courses. The program also will include an endowed professorship.

The honors program was featured in the New York Law Journal, the New York Sun, and Senior Partner Joe Flom was profiled in the New York Law Journal

Read this press release for more information.