The last stop on our Building a Better Legal Profession campus tour was NYU School of Law. I had heard that NYU law students tend to be more public interest focused so I was unsure what to expect, since BBLP focuses on creating transparency within law firms. Would students be interested because BBLP helps them merge their desire to "do good" with an at times competing desire to "do well" or would they not be interested at all in anything related to the law firm side of the legal profession? The former turned out to be the case, in my experience. At NYU, thanks to the suggestion of my point of contact there, Yan Cao, I presented BBLP in a different fashion than the PowerPoint lunch time presentation. Instead, Yan and I demonstrated the website at a table so students could learn more in an informal, less time-consuming manner. This approach was a great success! We had countless people stop by to see what we were up to and to look up the region they are interested in working in or look up the firm they have already agreed to work at. This allowed us to have more one on one time with each student and really show them the website, which is the most powerful part of the BBLP mission.
This experience allowed me to teach law students across the country about how they can use BBLP for their personal needs and how they can join this student movement for change in the legal profession. It also taught me several things that I will use to improve BBLP and our campus outreach efforts. Most importantly, the "wintry mix" in March taught me to appreciate sunny Stanford, even when the temperature drops to a chilly (for this Texan) 50 degrees! Thanks for reading about BBLP's latest campus tour and be sure to check out our website at http://www.betterlegalprofession.org/. Also, please contact us through the website if you are a student at one of the schools on the tour or another law school and are interested in helping create a chapter of Building a Better Legal Profession at your school!
Building a Better Legal Profession (BBLP) is an organization based at Stanford Law School. BBLP is a national grassroots movement that seeks market-based workplace reforms in large private law firms. For more information, visit BBLP's Web site at www.betterlegalprofession.org.