Fox Offers Philadelphia Students a Glimpse Into Legal Profession Through NALP Diversity Pipeline Program

June 21, 2017 – Press Releases

Fox Rothschild LLP was pleased to welcome students from KIPP Dubois Collegiate Academy to the firm’s Philadelphia office on May 23 for an all-day educational event that offered a window into the legal profession and encouraged young diverse students to consider careers in the industry.

The Diversity Pipeline program is a joint effort between NALP (National Association for Law Placement) and Street Law, Inc., a nonprofit that creates programming to educate the public about legal issues and introduces students to the law, encouraging them to pursue legal careers.

Fox’s day-long event represents the culmination of this program, in which attorneys and staff volunteered over several months to educate students and lead activities designed to increase knowledge of, and interest in, the law and legal careers. Fox has been the only firm in Philadelphia to take part in this program for the past several years.

“At Fox, we place a priority on our diversity initiatives and mentoring programs, and the Pipeline program allows us to put those platforms into action and potentially ignite a future career spark for the students,” Fox’s Chief Talent Officer and  past president of NALP Jean Durling said.

“This will be Fox’s fifth year participating in the program, which has been hugely successful for both the students and the firm,” she continued.

While visiting the firm, KIPP students engage in interactive workshops and simulations of various legal activities such as mock trials and negotiations. They also tour the office, enjoy lunch with Fox attorneys and staff and attend a career fair where they explore various non-legal professional options throughout the firm’s administrative departments, including marketing, technology, human resources, accounting and staff services, among others.

Many past KIPP students have maintained contact with Fox attorneys and staff and have participated in summer internships with the firm.

“It is such a unique opportunity to interface and connect with these students on this level. We have learned so much from them. They come to us with their own unique perspectives on what a career in the law is,” Durling said.

“This inspirational initiative grants us the ability to show them the many career possibilities available through a law firm beyond simply being a lawyer,” Durling concluded.