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The Bar Association of San Francisco has been and continues to be committed to diversity in the legal profession and to creating programs and working with other organizations to help fill the Pipeline to the legal profession. We recognize that critical segments of this Pipeline are college students and law students. Therefore, it is our goal to provide information and resources to students that will help guide them through their: application processes; standardized testing; financial aid research and efforts; summer internship placement; college and law school experiences; networking with attorneys and passing the bar examination. 

We at BASF are dedicated to helping students succeed at becoming lawyers!

Resources


Thinking About Going to Law School?

Destination Law School

The Bar Association of San Francisco's (BASF) Destination Law School (DLS) program provides information and resources about law school and the legal profession to diverse undergraduate students in colleges located in the Bay Area. The purpose of this program is to increase the number of diverse graduates that are going into law school.

Download the Destination Law School (DLS) Pre-Law Tool Kit. (4.4MBPDF)

Check out our video interviews of local law students who talk about adversity they face:

Check out the Destination Law School video about the Law School Admissions process, featuring:

  • Gerald Heppler -Associate Director of Admissions at Golden Gate University School of Law
  • Kory Hawkins - Associate Director of Admissions at UC Hastings College of the Law
  • Bryan Hinkle -Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management at Santa Clara Law
  • Kristen Mercado- Assistant Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at UC Davis School of Law
  • Gloria Switzer - Assistant Dean for Admissions at Western State College of Law

For more information about DLS, email Nicole Britton-Snyder at dls@sfbar.org.

Boston College Law School Locator

The Locator can help you identify schools where your scores and grades are most competitve for admission and help you gauge your chance of admission at a particular school. The chart is useful in evaluating law school choices but cannot determine where you should or should not apply.

The law schools are placed in cells on the chart according to their 25th percentile scores.

Find out more.


 

Law School Admissions Workshops

For People of Color

For People of Color, Inc. presented the following Law School Admissions Workshop in at The Bar Association of San Francisco. View the workshop.

To check and see when the next workshop is, visit www.forpeopleofcolor.org and click on "Events."

Download a copy of "A Guide to the Bar Examination for People of Color," a free, digital publication that provides law students with a collection of tips and advice on how to study for the bar exam.


 

Career Fairs

BASF Bay Area Diversity Career Fair

The 2014 Bay Area Diversity Career Fair will be held on July 26, 2014 with a welcome reception the night before.

Check back here in May 2014 for student registration and more information.

View photos from the 2013 Career Fair and welcome reception.

 


Scholarships and Stipends

 

The Bar Association of San Francisco's Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship Program

Download the 2014 Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship application today! Deadline to apply is April 11, 2014.

For more information about the scholarship program, please visit www.sfbar.org/scholarships.

Read about the 2013 scholarship recipients.


Keker & Van Nest Diversity Scholarship

Keker & Van Nest LLP is committed to increasing the diversity of the legal profession, particularly in its areas of practice - complex civil, intellectual property and white-collar criminal litigation. As part of  that commitment, we are proud to offer the Keker & Van Nest Diversity Scholarships to support outstanding Bay Area law students who are from traditionally underrepresented groups and have demonstrated interest in one or more of these practice areas.

This year, Keker & Van Nest will award up to $50,000 in scholarship grants to be divided equally among approximately three or four law student recipients. The exact amount and number of scholarships will depend on the number and quality of applicants.

Deadline to apply is April 18.

Learn more.


PG&E Employee Resource Group Scholarship Opportunities

For more information: http://www.pge.com/en/about/community/education/ergscholarships/index.page

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

The scholarship fund awards $5,000 annually. To find out how to apply, visit the ABA website.

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Earl Warren Legal Training Program Scholarship include the Earl Warren Civil Rights Training Program Scholarships and the Earl Warren Shearman & Sterling Scholarships.

More information is available on the NAACP Web site.


 

Internship, Clerkships, Fellow and Summer Opportunities

National Association of Law Placement Webinars for Summer Job Searches

Visit the NALP website to access:

  • The Summer Public Interest Job Search Part I — Best Practices in Drafting Cover Letters and Resumes
  • The Summer Public Interest Job Search Part II — Best Practices in Interviewing and In-person Networking

CodeX – The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics Fellowship

CodeX – The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics (http://codex.stanford.edu) is accepting applications for a Resident Fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year.  CodeX is a cross-disciplinary research center jointly operated by Stanford Law School and the Stanford School of Engineering. The center's mission is to explore the application of technology toward improving the quality, efficiency, and accessibility of the legal system.  Codex research fellows will have the opportunity to spend one to two years at Stanford Law School collaborating with scholars in computer science and other relevant disciplines. Fellows will work on the center's existing projects, and will have the opportunity to explore related research on their own and commence new projects. Fellows will work with cutting-edge technologies emerging from Stanford's engineering departments, and will be expected to bring a legally oriented perspective toward integrating these technologies into the law. Fellows will also be involved in bringing in leading thinkers in the field to speak at the law school on these topic areas and will work with law and computer science students to engage them in the center's activities.

Qualifications:

Because the primary focus of the center is employing technology within the law, applicants should also have experience in the legal, computer science or engineering related fields. We welcome applicants with practical/professional technical experience in these fields as well as those with formal legal, computer science or engineering undergraduate or graduate training. Applicants should be capable of learning and be comfortable with the technological aspects of the center's projects.

How to Apply:

All qualified and interested applicants must apply via the Stanford jobs website: https://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu/job-search?jobId=61613

Applicants should submit:

  • a resume
  • a brief letter (no more than 2 pages) describing the applicant's interest in issues applying technology to the law, the applicant's background, and the research that they propose to conduct
  • a list of references

Review of applications will begin immediately, and all applications must be received by March 31, 2014.  For more information about the Stanford CodeX Center and its projects please visit the website at http://codex.stanford.edu, or contact CodeX Executive Director Roland Vogl at rvogl@codex.stanford.edu.


New Edition of A Guide to the Judicial Clerkship Application Process by For People of Color, Inc.

For People of Color, Inc. proudly announces the release of the second edition of its newest publication, entitled: "A Guide to the Judicial Clerkship Application Process For People of Color."  The guide is authored by Ms. Norma Nava,, Vice President & Board Member of For People of Color, Inc.  

Clerkships offer a unique and invaluable opportunity to learn about the judicial system.  They also provide an unparalleled training opportunity.  It is an unfortunate fact, however, that relatively few students of color pursue judicial clerkships because they erroneously assume that grades alone will prevent them from securing a valuable position.  The purpose of this guide is to provide students of color with a useful and practical tool that will assist them in obtaining a judicial clerkship.

Download the guide on the For People of Color web site.


 

Social Media Resources: Twitter

The below list of Twitter accounts serve as good resources for undergrad and law students:

 


Students with Disabilities

Golden Gate University Guide to Disability Services for Law School Applicants

Law school is a challenging and rigorous environment for every student regardless of background and experience. Due to law school's driven and fast paced nature, it is often critical that every student has the opportunity to perform at his or her potential.

For this reason, the decision of where students with disabilities attend law school may be weighed by the quality of reasonable accommodations provided. A guide for law school applicants with disabilities to familiarize themselves with the resources available to them in order to facilitate their search for an accommodating and successful law school experience is available.

The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), Diversity Program in Disability Rights

In addition to the interesting curriculum and activities offered at law schools, bar associations can be a great way to get involved with local attorneys and programs. The Bar Association of San Francisco sponsors a Diversity Program in Disability Rights. The program includes a Disability Rights Committee which hosts conferences dealing with the employment of lawyers with disabilities and other pertinent topics each year. For more information, visit the Disability Rights Committee page.


Publications

A Guide to the Judicial Clerkship Application Process For People of Color

To download the guide, visit http://forpeopleofcolor.org/.

Clerkships offer a unique and invaluable opportunity to learn about the judicial system.  They also provide an unparalleled training opportunity.  It is an unfortunate fact, however, that relatively few students of color pursue judicial clerkships because they erroneously assume that grades alone will prevent them from securing a valuable position.  The purpose of this guide is to provide students of color with a useful and practical tool that will assist them in obtaining a judicial clerkship.

National Association for Law Placement (NALP) EGuides for Professionalism

The NALP website offers links to eGuides on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Email Strategies; and Social Networking in general.

The eGuides can be found on the NALP website: http://www.nalp.org/eguides

 


Networking Events

BASF and other local associations host a number of networking and fundraising events that are relevant for law students.

Events can be found on the events calendar: www.sfbar.org/calendar

Barristers Club Annual Open House: April 23

BASF's Barristers Club is an organization of new lawyers committed to professional growth, community service and advocacy. The Open House is a unique opportunity for networking with other Barrister members, including law students. 

• Learn about Barristers Club member benefits. 
• Meet the Chairs and Vice Chairs of the 27 Barristers committees and sections. 
• Find out how to get involved at upcoming Barrister and BASF events. 
• Drinks and Hors d'oeuvres will be served.

RSVP today.

Summer Diversity Receptions

Check www.sfbar.org/calendar in Summer 2014 to find out dates of 2014 diversity receptions.


Continuing Legal Education and The Barristers Club

Continuing Legal Education at BASF

If you are a member of The Bar Association of San Francisco and also a law student you are automatically enrolled in the Barristers Club. The Club offers a variety of practice-specific sections which offer a core curriculum of CLE classes and networking opportunities.

Law students members can attend a select group of CLE seminars.

Check out the calendar at www.sfbar.org/calendar to see which seminars are free for BASF law student members.

For more information about Club activities, please call (415) 982-1600 and ask for the Barristers Club.


Volunteer Opportunities

The Justice & Diversity Center (formerly the Volunteer Legal Services Program)

BASF's Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) offers law students numerous opportunities to volunteer. Some of those projects include the Legal Advice and Referral Clinic (LARC), the Family Law Assisted Self Help Project (FLASH) and the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP).

Learn about volunteer opportunities for non-attorneys.

Find out how to volunteer with JDC's Legal Services Program.

Diversity Education Programs

Additionally, BASF's Justice & Diversity Center has some diversity education programs that also need volunteers. Those programs include the Law Academy and School-To-College programs.

For more information about volunteering with these programs, contact Jareem Gunter at jgunter@sfbar.org.

Barristers Club 2014 Bay Area Pro Bono Guide

Download this guide which includes pro bono opportunities from more than 25 organizations throughout the Bay Area.

Pro Bono Resource Guide (1MBPPDFDF)



Joining The Bar Association of San Francisco

Law students can join BASF for just $30 a year. Join now.


Organizations

For People of Color, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded by Anthony Solana, Jr. The organization's mission is to empower people of color who want to enter the legal profession. For People of Color, Inc. has vast knowledge and expertise in assisting diverse law school applications gain admission to the law school of their choice. Also, the organization is keenly focused on providing mentorship and professional development opportunities to current diverse law students, and law school graduates.

Web site: http://www.forpeopleofcolor.org/


The Pre-Law Student of Color Network

 The JD Project manages the Pre-Law Student of Color Network, which  provides discussion forums, chat sessions and resources on preparing for law school in high school; preparing for law school in college; preparing and taking the law school admission test (LSAT); applying to and choosing the right law school; and preparing the summer before admission.

Web site: http://thejdproject.org


The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is committed to increasing the number of lawyers from underrepresented minority groups. To affirm that commitment, the Council conducts ongoing programs and initiatives designed to increase the quality and quantity of the minority applicant pool.

Web site: http://www.lsac.org/SpecialInterests/minorities-in-legal-education.asp

In 1968 the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) was founded as a non-profit project of the ABA Fund for Justice and Education to expand opportunities for minority and low-income students to attend law school. In 1998, Congress passed the Higher Education Amendments Act, creating the Thurgood Marshall Legal Educational Opportunity Program, which is administered by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity. CLEO is committed to diversifying the legal profession by expanding legal education opportunities to minority, low-income and disadvantaged groups.

Web site: http://www.cleoscholars.com/


Building a Better Legal Profession

Building a Better Legal Profession (BBLP) is a national grassroots movement that seeks market-based workplace reforms in large private law firms. by publicizing firms' self-reported data on billable hours, pro bono participation, and demographic diversity, we draw attention to the differences between these employers. we encourage those choosing between firms - students deciding who to work for after graduation, corporate clients deciding who to hire, and universities deciding who to allow on campus for interviews - to exercise their market power and engage only with the firms that demonstrate a genuine commitment to these issues.

www.buildingabetterlegalprofession.org

Building a Better Legal Profession's Guide to Law Firms: The Law Student's Guide to Finding the Perfect Law Firm Job


AccreditedColleges.com

AccreditedColleges.com recently published an online writing center.

You can check it out here: http://www.accreditedcolleges.com/writing-center/.


American Bar Association Legal Technology Resource Center

The ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center is staffed by professional librarians and legal professionals with a wide range of expertise and experience. Librarians and legal professionals regularly publish articles here. Visit the Legal Technology Resource Center at http://www.abanet.org/tech/ltrc/publications/home.html.

Some of articles of interest on the ABA Web site include: