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.
The Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom Honors Program in Legal Studies at The City College of New York (“Skadden, Arps Honors Program”) provides talented students of diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds with the education, groundwork and experience necessary to gain admission to, and succeed in, competitive law schools. The announcement was made as Skadden, Arps celebrated its 60th anniversary.
Skadden, Arps initially has committed $9.6 million over the next ten years to the Honors Program. In the Fall 2008-09 school year, the program began with a pre-honors sequence for CCNY freshmen and sophomores to help cultivate their interest in legal studies and careers in law, and to help recruit and assess interested and qualified students as junior and senior level program scholars. Up to 100 juniors and seniors, selected through a highly competitive process, will benefit from a two-year scholar program that provides participants with:
• an honors curriculum of special courses and seminars to complement a wide range of majors and further prepare the students to enter and thrive in the nation’s top law schools;
• need- and merit-based financial assistance;
• LSAT preparation;
• paid summer internships at law firms, corporations and public interest organizations nationwide;
• assistance in transitioning to law school; and
• mentoring by attorneys at Skadden and other leading legal employers. In addition, the program will:
• include an endowed professorship;
• be housed in the Skadden, Arps Legal Honors Center on The City College campus, where students can gather as well as meet with tutors and advisors; and
• offer dormitory space for students from outside New York, in order to attract the most promising individuals from across the country.
“Since our founding in 1948, Skadden has recognized that excellence and diversity are intertwined and we have sought to address the persistent lack of diversity in the legal profession,” said Joseph H. Flom, Skadden Senior Partner.
Mr. Flom continued, “Based on its long history of diversity and academic excellence, combined with the deep commitment of its administration, CCNY is our ideal partner as we work to identify the most motivated students across the country at an important crossroad in their academic lives. As we move ahead, we are delighted to have the counsel of the most experienced legal educators and administrators on this Program’s Board of Advisors.