Philadelphia Charter School Students Gain Glimpse Into Legal Profession Through Diversity Pipeline Program

May 13, 2013 – Press Releases

Students of KIPP Dubois Collegiate Academy visited the Philadelphia office of Fox Rothschild LLP on May 3 for an all-day educational conference that offered a glimpse into life in the legal profession and encouraged diverse young people to pursue legal careers.

The conference culminated this year’s NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, in which Fox attorneys and staff took to the classrooms at this North Philadelphia charter school to educate students in contract law, legal issues surrounding cyber-bullying and maintaining professionalism in the workplace.

This marks the third consecutive year that Fox has participated in the program. KIPP students have so enjoyed their time with firm members during prior years’ programs -- many have stayed in contact with attorneys and participated in summer internships with the firm -- that they specifically requested to be connected with Fox for this year’s events. Fox is the only Philadelphia law firm to participate in the NALP/Street Law Diversity Pipeline Program.

KIPP students were feted on May 3 by Fox. They engaged in interactive workshops and simulations of various legal activities such as contracts and cyber-bullying. Students also toured the office, enjoyed lunch with Fox attorneys and staff and attended a career fair where they explored the various non-legal professional options throughout the firm’s administrative departments.

“The students at KIPP are the next generation of talent that will help move not only Fox but other law firms forward in the future, and our attorneys and staff relish the time we spend with them each year,” said Fox’s Chief Talent Officer Jean Durling.

“This program is such a unique opportunity to interface and connect with these kids. It is mutually beneficial on multiple levels for us,” continued Durling. “Our attorneys and staff are granted the opportunity to put our diversity initiative into action and potentially ignite a future career spark for the students. At the same time, we learn so much from the students themselves, each of whom comes to the program with their own perspective on what the law is and how you can formulate a career path in law beyond simply being a lawyer.”

The Diversity Pipeline program is a joint effort between NALP (the Association for Legal Career Professionals, founded as the National Association for Law Placement) and Street Law, Inc., a nonprofit that creates programming to educate the public about legal issues and aims to introduce students to the law and encourage them to pursue legal careers.