What is a Diversity Pipeline Program?

A pipeline program seeks to increase the flow of racially and ethnically diverse lawyers by raising awareness and stimulating interest in law as a career among diverse students. An effective pipeline program builds interest in law as a career by investing in the academic preparation of students at the elementary, middle school, high school, and college levels."

– Virginia G. Essandoh, Chief Diversity Officer


Ballard Spahr has a strong commitment to fostering a dynamic pipeline of future legal minds. We sponsor a variety of programs and initiatives to spark an interest in students to help them successfully navigate a pathway to the legal profession.

Las Vegas-Canyon Springs High School Pipeline Program

Our Las Vegas office is partnering with Canyon Springs High School and the Leadership and Law Preparatory Academy in their active attorney mentor program.

Minneapolis-Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

We partner with Cristo Rey Jesuit High School as a corporate sponsor of their Corporate Work Study Program. Students participate in a variety of mentoring programs that give them direct exposure to the legal profession.

New Jersey-Lucy Outreach Program

The LUCY Outreach Program offers multi-lingual, culturally sensitive services to low-income youth in Camden County and to their families. The program includes a scholarship to two seniors.

Phoenix-South Mountain High School

Lawyers in our Phoenix Office participate in panel discussions and job shadowing programs with the students of South Mountain High School. Through one-on-one mentorship, we hope to usher in the next generation of legal professionals in Phoenix.

Philadelphia-Constitution High School Pipeline Program

Ballard Spahr's groundbreaking pipeline partnership with the Philadelphia School District, the National Constitution Center, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to sponsor Constitution High School was instituted more than 10 years ago. This magnet school—with a 90 percent minority student body—is the only Philadelphia high school with a targeted curriculum focused on civics, democracy, and history. Our involvement with Constitution High includes job shadowing, a mentoring program, summer internships, a scholarship, service projects, a mock trial team, and an advisory board.

Salt Lake City-West High School Pipeline Program

We partner with West High School, a comprehensive urban high school in Salt Lake City serving a diverse socioeconomic and ethnic community. The school has more than 2,500 students and consistently is ranked one of the top high schools in Utah. Ballard Spahr attorneys participate in panel discussions with students who have an interest in law or history.