Pipeline Into the Profession

Skadden is dedicated not only to promoting diversity within our own firm but also within the greater legal profession, beginning with the pipeline of students entering law school.

Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies at the City College of New York

In 2008, the firm established the Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies at the City College of New York (CCNY), which provides talented students from diverse backgrounds with preparatory coursework, including courses taught by a professor dedicated to the program; tuition assistance; summer internships; mentoring by Skadden attorneys and other practicing lawyers; writing tutors; and comprehensive LSAT preparation.

Skadden received Chambers USA’s “Outstanding Contribution to Diversity in the Law Award” in 2008 for our establishment of the Honors Program.

Additional Initiatives

Skadden participates in several additional programs that help to expand the diversity of the pipeline into law schools and the legal profession, including:

  • Sponsors for Educational Opportunity’s (SEO) Corporate Law Program in New York and Washington, D.C., which prepares high-achieving college graduates of color for legal careers
  • Legal Outreach program in New York, which teaches urban youth from underserved communities to compete at high academic levels by using legal and educational programs as tools for fostering vision, developing skills, enhancing confidence and facilitating the pursuit of higher education
  • Schuler Scholar Program in Chicago, a provider of academic counseling, leadership programs, and personal development and college preparation opportunities to diverse high school students
  • The American Bar Association’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program for second-year law students in Houston, an internship program with state and federal judges for diverse and economically disadvantaged law students
  • The Boston Lawyers Group, a program that prepares diverse law school students for recruitment, advancement and retention into the greater Boston legal community
  • The Annual JURIST Academy at Widener Law School in Wilmington, which offers aspiring minority students from central regional colleges and universities a two-week, tuition-free preview of law school admissions, academics and legal career options
  • The Hamilton High School Career Symposium in Los Angeles, an annual event that seeks to engage the school’s 3,400 students, 80 percent of whom are of color, in career exploration through exposure to various occupational opportunities