Fox Attorneys and Staff Mentor Students About Law Careers Through NALP Diversity PipelineMay 8, 2018 – Press Releases
Fox Rothschild LLP hosted students from KIPP Dubois Collegiate Academy in the firm’s Philadelphia office on May 4 for a daylong program designed to give high school students a first-hand perspective on the various careers within the legal profession.
The Diversity Pipeline program was formed as a partnership effort between the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) and Street Law, Inc., a nonprofit focused on raising public awareness of legal issues and encouraging students to consider legal careers. Fox is the only firm in Philadelphia to take part in this program for the past several years.
Fox’s all-day event was the highlight of a program that stretched over several months. Attorneys and staff volunteered to nurture student interest in law-related careers and show them how law is practiced.
“At Fox, our core values include diversity, giving back to the community and mentorship. The Diversity Pipeline program is a perfect opportunity to combine those values and showcase career possibilities for students in our home neighborhoods,” said Jean Durling, Fox’s Chief Talent Officer and a past president of NALP.
“This will be Fox’s sixth year participating in the program, which has been very successful for students and the firm alike,” Durling said.
During their visit to the firm, KIPP students are offered a rare glimpse into the day-to-day realities of legal work as well as the administrative efforts that support it. They engage in workshops and simulations of legal activities such as mock trials and negotiations.
They also take guided tours through the office, enjoy lunch with Fox attorneys and staff and attend a career fair that explores the many non-legal professional options throughout the firm’s administrative departments, including marketing, technology, human resources, accounting and staff services.
Fox attorneys and staff look forward to this event, and past KIPP students have maintained contact with the attorneys and professionals they met. Some have later participated in summer internships with the firm.
“The students come to us with their own distinct perspectives on what a law career is,” Durling said. “Their curiosity is inspiring, and we’re always happy to talk about the many career trajectories that can begin with an interest in the law.”