The New York State Bar Association's Special Committee on Youth
Outreach, assembled and field-tested a meaningful and reproducible
template for exposing young minority students to the great potential of
a law-related career. Under the strong direction of Chair Kenneth G.
Standard, former NYSBA president, two successful Youth Law Day events
The Youth Outreach Committee’s first ever Youth Law Day, in the
fall of 2006, showed that bringing students together for a day to
explore the legal profession, was indeed a strong model. After refining
that pilot event at Fordham Law School, the second Youth Law Day, held
in April 2008 at Albany Law School, proved that the agenda and format
could be reproduced with the same successful outcomes.
The scale and expense is minimal, making this a realistic endeavor
for Bar Associations, law firms, after-school groups and law schools.
All that is needed is a core group of dedicated individuals. We have put
together timelines, sample documentation, budgets, etc., so that you can
start planning right away. All you need is a cooperating law school and
or law firm, and a date that fits into the local school calendar.
Governor Paterson commends the NYSBA Committee on Minorities Youth
Law Days. Click the links below to see the video of his remarks:
The Youth Service Advocate designation is reserved for exceptional
youth who have devoted a certain number of hours to law-related
volunteer service in a given year. Let students, who are passionate
about serving their community and making it a better place to live and
work, know about this program. Recognize commitment to
volunteer service by applying to be a Youth Service Advocate.