The Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies enrolled its first cohort in 2009.
At a time when minority enrollment in law school is declining, the Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom Honors Program at The City College of New York (CCNY) is working to reverse that trend. In the fall of 2009, the first cohort of 26 Skadden, Arps Scholars enrolled in the intensive two-year program.
All juniors, they were selected through a highly competitive process. Students in the program raved about it and the advantages it will offer them when they apply to law school.
"This program is unique nationally because no other undergraduate school offers anything as comprehensive," said Jeremy Wilson, a Political Science major and Bronx resident. "We not only take classes pertaining to law but LSAT (Law School Admission Test) classes as well, in addition to meeting and talking to lawyers."
Historically, African-Americans and other minority groups have been underrepresented in the legal profession. The percentage of minority lawyers at the nation’s top 100 firms was 13.6 percent in 2011, according The American Lawyer’s diversity scorecard.
The Skadden, Arps Honors Program is supported by a commitment of $9.6 million over 10 years from the New York-based global law firm. It aims to increase diversity in law schools and the legal profession by providing talented students from diverse backgrounds with the education, groundwork and experience necessary to gain admission to, and succeed in, competitive law schools.
A hallmark of the program is its exceptional combination of an integrated honors curriculum featuring specialized seminars, and extraordinary support and mentoring by legal professionals. Scholars also benefit from internships at Skadden, Arps and other employers in the legal profession.