Jessica Blumert always knew she wanted to work in-house at a corporate legal department. She just didn’t expect to get there right out of law school.

The 2013 graduate of Yeshiva Univer­sity Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law is a month into her new gig as an associate in the legal department of Diamonds International — the largest jewelry store in the Caribbean. She landed at the company through Cardozo’s new Resident Associate Mentor Program, where law firms and corporate legal departments hire Cardozo alums for one year at a ­salary of $38,000.

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