In addition to our internal efforts to champion diversity in our workplace, the Firm makes generous annual contributions to pipeline diversity organizations that work to ensure equal rights for underserved minority populations and to promote diversity generally in the legal profession and in society, including the Minority Law and Research Institute, the New York Law School B.A. to J.D. Pipeline program, and dozens of law school affinity groups.
We have taken the lead in setting future goals to diversify the legal profession through creation and support of law firm pipeline programs. For example, the Fried Frank Pre-Law Scholars Program partners with New York's Hunter College to prepare the college's diverse student body to become competitive law school candidates through intensive LSAT and academic preparation and mentoring programs. During the summer, Pre-Law Scholars visit Fried Frank for a panel discussion on “The Do's and Don'ts of Thriving in Law School.” They also have dinner with Firm summer associates and first-year attorneys who provide advice and practical assistance on the application process and the law school experience.
We also partner with Legal Outreach, a law-related pipeline-diversity nonprofit organization that inspires youth from underserved communities in New York City to pursue higher education and prepares them to compete at a high academic level. The Firm welcomes rising sophomores as interns for a week of simulated legal work, members of the Firm's Women's Forum host rising ninth-grade female students via Legal Outreach's Legal Justice Institute, and attorneys at the Firm mentor high school students in the organization's College Bound program, exposing them to various aspects of the law and coaching them in constitutional law debates.