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The National Employment Law Council ("N-E-L-C") invites applications for selection as Fellows to the 2024 NELC Academy scheduled for May 1 - 3, 2024 in Chicago, IL at the Marriott Marquis. NELC is a non-profit organization charged with enriching minority bar members who represent management in the field of labor and employment law.


The NELC Academy is open to attorneys with less than 4 years of experience practicing primarily management-side labor and employment law. Preference will be given to lawyers with 2-3 years in practice. The NELC Academy provides advanced skills training, exposes Fellows to NELC’s national network of experienced minority labor and employment attorneys, fosters mentoring relationships, and creates a pipeline for future NELC leaders.


All NELC Academy Fellows will have direct interaction with in-house attorneys and leading minority labor and employment defense lawyers from across the country, and will be partnered with an experienced attorney mentor. Space in the 2024 NELC Academy will be limited to a maximum of 30 participants and is expected to be highly competitive. Great weight is given to personal statements and letters of recommendation.


To apply for the 2024 NELC Academy, submit the following items no later than February 2, 2024:


I don’t think I ever absorbed so much information in a more effective way in my life. I made long lasting connections with everyone. I am grateful for this experience.


This was a transformative experience!


I don’t know how else to emphasize how grateful I am for this opportunity. Thank you all for creating an impactful and career-changing program.


The most important takeaway is that there is a strong community that I can be part of as a junior and as I grow in my career. I hadn’t realized I was missing a sense of community.  Everyone was so warm and welcoming and connected and supportive of each other.     


The Academy shed light on aspects of diversity that are not often discussed and always overlooked. My experience has made me more mindful that there are others who share the same struggles I have and that is empowering because it demystifies the unrelenting nature of the legal profession and it makes success within it seem that much more attainable.


I LOVED the Academy. It’s the first time since graduating in 2019 that I felt excited about the practice of law and felt like I could belong in this community.


I truly feel that everyone I’ve met is part of my extended family now and I have lifelong friendships that will continue to grow from both a personal and professional level.


I loved seeing so many attorneys, and knowing that we share similar experiences, and that we care for each other.  That makes being in this profession 100 times better.


I really appreciate the authentic connections I made and the safe space that was created to allow people to share their authentic selves.  On top of that, I learned how to be a better lawyer, and I am forever grateful for that.


I felt affirmed by the various people I spoke to about the challenges I have been facing in my current work environment and the next steps I should consider as I look to the next chapter of my career.


So honored to be a Fellow. I needed the instruction, insight, and perspective provided. Everything was right on time.


We were exposed to a lot of different topics, trainings and mentorship opportunities and although it made for a busy week, it was productive and really maximized the limited time we had together.


I really think the 2023 Academy has the potential to redefine my career and take it in a different trajectory.

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