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Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies

Jump-Start Your Legal Career


Established in August 2008, the Skadden, Arps Honors Program is a unique partnership between Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP—one of the preeminent law firms in the world—and The City College of New York that prepares students from low-income and underrepresented groups for successful legal careers and to enrich and diversify the legal profession.

The Program accepts rising juniors (students who have completed approximately 50 to 70 credits), and offers merit scholarships, mentoring opportunities, summer internship at a law firm or legal services non-profit, a legal studies curriculum, designed to complement a wide range of majors, and LSAT preparation and tutoring.

Students are selected through a competitive application process.

The application deadline is March 15.


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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..more >


In the spring of 2008, Skadden, Arps and The City College of New York ("CCNY") announced the creation of a program to increase diversity in law schools and the legal profession..more >


How to Apply?
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Transfer Student

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Intellectually Curious: Our students meet and learn from legal scholars; engage in extensive legal research and writing projects and publish their academic work in scholarly journals.

Civically Engaged: Our students volunteer with advocacy groups on and off campus.

Active: Our students intern in a variety of legal organizations, private law firms and government offices.


City College or transfer students interested in pursuing a law degree who have a strong academic record as assessed by GPA, personal statement and letters of recommendation. Students should have roughly 40 to 65 credits at the time they apply.



Students apply to the Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies in March of their sophomore year, and if accepted, participate in the program during their junior and senior years. The program requires a commitment of two years, including the summer institute and the summer internship.

If students are in their junior year and are interested in the one-year program, student should apply by November 1, 2020.


Merit scholarships - scholarships and additional financial support for law school applications.

Receive free and extensive LSAT Preparation

Strengthen Critical Thinking Skills essential to law school through our Summer Institute and intellectually engaging seminars

Honors capstone seminar

Improve your Writing Skills through weekly meetings with an instructor

Broaden your Understanding of the legal profession by meeting with lawyers from a wide variety of practice areas.

Receive Pre-Law Advising & Assistance with compiling your law school application.

Membership in a rapidly expanding network of successful law students and lawyers who started out where you are.

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The Student’s Commitment

■  Skadden Scholars are required to make a two-year commitment to the program.

■  Attend a summer institute designed to strengthen basic and critical thinking skills
    and to introduce students to the legal profession.

■  Complete the legal studies curriculum, designed to complement a wide range of
    majors, and to provide students with an advanced understanding of the
    legal system and its role in US society.

■  Take the LSAT exam on a date specified by the program.

Application Submission

The regular deadline to submit your application is March 15. The early decision deadline is January 06.
We encourage you to download the application and review the instructions for submission. Once you submit the online application, please notify our office ( ) so that we know to look for your application.


The Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies is looking for students who:

  • Have at least 3 semesters left at CCNY when applying to the program,
  • Have a minimum GPA of  3.3 and strong writing and critical thinking skills,
  • Demonstrate a strong desire to go to law school
  • Exhibit maturity and self-discipline.

Are you a high achieving junior contemplating law school? In January, 2018, we launched our one-year program. This program will consist of free LSAT prep, advising, law school application support and more.
Applicants to the one year program should have minimum of two semesters remaining at CCNY and have at least a 3.3. cumulative GPA.

Application deadline is November 1, 2020.

To view a word version of the application, download here.