Law Students, Grads Head In-House

Pilot programs offer new lawyers corporate legal skills and, for the lucky, jobs.

, The National Law Journal


alttextDiamonds International G.C. Elchonon Shagalov, seated, and in-house associate Jessica Blumert
Diamonds International G.C. Elchonon Shagalov, seated, and in-house associate Jessica Blumert

"Even before the task force, I've been thinking about ways to, frankly, help young lawyers," said Grossman, who added that the company hopes to offer temporary slots to upwards of 10 recent graduates a year. "Our goal is to give folks actual experience, and ideally it will help people who don't already have jobs lined up."

Working with a freshly minted lawyer like Blumert is nothing new for Diamonds International general counsel Elchonon Shagalov. He's been hiring students right out of Cardozo — his alma mater — for years. But the school's Resident Associate Mentor Program has made hiring new graduates more attractive by formalizing the process, he said. Cardozo's career services office gets information about job openings to students, collects applications and helps employers screen candidates.

"For us, [Cardozo's program] was a win-win situation," Shagalov said. "Law schools should do more to place students in legal departments. I believe there is an untapped market there."

Blumert agrees. "There are obviously a lot of ways to get into law firm or public service jobs, but I feel like everyone in the middle gets lost," she said, adding that the programs "seem like a good way to get in-house or into a boutique firm."

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  • Senior Attorney

    Wow, pay $51K per year in tuition to make less than a secretary.

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