Make an Impact – Mentor with Legal Outreach

About Legal Outreach:

Legal Outreach prepares youth from underserved communities in New York City to compete at high academic levels by using intensive legal and educational programs as tools for fostering vision, developing skills, enhancing confidence, and facilitating the pursuit of higher education. We use law to attract rising high school students to academic programs that inspire and motivate them to strive for academic success.

About the Mentoring Program:

Legal Outreach’s Mentoring Program allows attorneys and law school graduates to directly impact high school students from traditionally under-represented backgrounds by guiding them through high school and modeling what it means to be an attorney and to engage with the law – and allows attorneys to consider these questions, too!

Attorneys meet with their students once a month to hang out and talk about the issues and obstacles students are facing. Mentors, with materials provided by Legal Outreach, also help students through the Constitutional Law Debate Program. In Debate, students learn and apply Supreme Court precedent to issues directly affecting the country, such as qualified immunity, which weapons are protected under the Second Amendment, education rights for undocumented students, gerrymandering and voting rights, discrimination in housing developments, and more. 

Legal Outreach’s Mentoring Program is an integral tool for helping our students achieve academic success, and is a low cost, high reward volunteer activity. Mentoring a Legal Outreach student only takes around 4-6 hours per month and is a 3 year commitment (mentors work with students from their Sophomore year through Senior year). Mentors help students with their Constitutional Law Debates, guide them academically, and inspire them by providing one-on-one support throughout their high school careers and even after mentees matriculate to college. JD is required. Mentors can also receive 3 CLE Credits per reporting cycle.

“My mentor is very supportive of my accomplishments and hard work. He’s always willing to talk about any problems and to teach me anything new.” Legal Outreach Student

“I have recommended the program to numerous friends, I think Legal Outreach is a fantastic program and I am happy to be involved.” Legal Outreach Mentor

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Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, the Mentoring Program will be implemented virtually during the 2020-21 academic year.

Mentor/Mentee Events Hosted by Legal Outreach

Sept. 29, 2020 6pm-8pm New Mentor Orientation
Oct. 8, 2020 6pm-8pm Meet mentees at Octoberfeast!
Nov. 13, 2020 6pm-9pm Debate 1
March 12, 2021 6pm-9pm Debate 2
End of March/early April 2021 Debate 3 (qualifying students)

Questions? Contact Marla Trinidad, Law-Related Education Coordinator, at

Obtain a PALS Mentor: Second Enrollment Period is NOW Open!


The second enrollment period for the PALS Mentoring Program is now OPEN and will close on Sunday, March 6, 2016.


1. Students must currently attend one of the thirteen New York City metropolitan area law schools, that PALS serves:

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Columbia University School of Law
  • CUNY School of Law
  • Fordham University School of Law
  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • New York Law School
  • New York University School of Law
  • Pace University School of Law
  • Rutgers University School of Law (Newark)
  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • St. John’s University School of Law and 
  • Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

2. Students must be a 1L or 2L Law Student of Color:

  • However, we would like to continue to encourage 3rd year law students to attend PALS panels, workshops and networking receptions to also meet attorneys and develop mentoring relationships.

3. Students must submit a brief essay of 250-500 words addressing the following topic:

  • As a law student of color what do you hope to gain by participating in the PALS Mentoring Program and the PALS Community? Please explain why it is important for you to pay this forward when you become a practicing attorney.

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Only students meeting all of the above requirements will be matched with a mentor. 


Completed mentee applications will be matched with mentors in the order in which they are received after the conclusion of the open enrollment period.

Students matched through the program will be required to review the PALS Mentoring Manual and sign a participation agreement with their mentor.

If you have any questions or concerns about the PALS Mentoring Program, please contact PALS at

PALS Mentoring Reception: Building Effective Mentoring Relationships

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Chadbourne & Parke LLP, 1301 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 

This networking reception will provide students and lawyers, presently participating in the PALS Mentoring Program, an opportunity to meet.

We also encourage all New York City area law students of color and attorneys interested in future participation to come and learn about PALS and our Mentoring Program.

A New Open Enrollment Period Will Commence
on Friday, February 5th!

Mentoring relationships are rewarding to both parties and are essential in the professional world.  We encourage all attorneys to share their own experiences on the giving and receiving end of mentoring relationships.

Please spread the word about this reception to attorneys who may be interested in volunteering as a mentor to a law student of color.  We continue to have a tremendous demand from students interested in obtaining a mentor.

REGISTER HERE and invite your fellow colleagues/classmates. Deadline to register is Monday, February 1st.