The student ambassador position at the New York City Bar Association provides an opportunity for law students to take a leadership role within the Association. This is an excellent position for any law student ready to jump-start his/her career and gain visibility while developing a strong professional network in an association that includes 24,000 of the best legal minds in New York. The role of the student ambassador is to represent the New York City Bar Association by communicating the benefits of membership, promoting relevant events, increasing student engagement, and recruiting new members.
The suggested structure for each school to participate in the program:
2L Student Ambassador: A 2L student at the school who would assist in planning for campus events for the school year and would then transition to the 3L Student Ambassador
3L Student Ambassador: A 3L student at the school who would assist in planning for campus events for the school year
LL.M Student Ambassador: An LL.M student at the school who would assist in planning for campus events for the school year (can remain in this position until graduation and their desire to continue with the program)
The 2L, 3L or the LL.M (where applicable) student ambassador from each school will be invited to join the Law Student Perspectives Committee, depending on which student is available to make the commitment to the committee; the committee meetings take place September through June. Through its many programs and networking receptions the committee provides law students with valuable opportunities to network and develop relationships with practicing attorneys. Committee work is a very integral part of membership at the City Bar, providing unique networking opportunities and the chance to work on reports or programs with already-established practitioners.
Student ambassadors will also have opportunities to volunteer for key City Bar events (i.e. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture) so they can be in the room for “hot ticket” events.
Responsibilities of the Student Ambassador include:
- Attend an annual orientation meeting on July 17th, 2019/LL.M orientation meeting on September 4th, 2019
- Host a City Bar Table at four events per year (2 events in the Fall and 2 events in the Spring), to be determined in conjunction with the nominating Career Services or Student Services Administration nominator, potentially including:
- Law School Orientation
- Bar Association Fairs or Career Fairs
- Other relevant student events identified by the ambassador & administrator nominator
- Disseminate materials at opportune times throughout the year
- Assist the City Bar in the planning of its annual law school visit (possibility of speaking opportunity), and other special events if applicable
- Provide a brief activity summary after each semester
Benefits of being a Student Ambassador include:
- Receive Complimentary City Bar Membership
- Gain leadership experience in a leading bar association
- Hold a leadership position at your school / liaison to SBA
- Have a voice in how the City Bar can best serve law students
- Membership in the Law Student Perspectives Committee (1 ambassador per school-position will be decided among the 2L, 3L or the LL.M Student Ambassador)
- Complimentary Pass to the Lawyers Connect First Thursdays Kick-Off Reception on October 3rd, 2019
- Considerable assistance with the committee process and placement
- Potential one-on-one networking with leading practitioners
- Unique opportunity to begin to build your network with New York City’s greatest legal minds
What some of our Student Ambassadors have to say:
“I have enjoyed the Student Ambassador program. I think it is a wonderful way to connect students to a greater New York City network and the perks that come with that.”
“It [Being a Student Ambassador] presents the opportunity to meet other law students in New York and to participate in putting together (and attending) fun and interesting events at the City Bar.”
“The [Student] Ambassadors program has been a great experience! It feels great to be a part of the NYC community!”
If interested in becoming a Student Ambassador, please send completed application form to Moon Kim (email@example.com).