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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.


LSAT Information

Kaplan

Kaplan will be offering an on-site LSAT course at The Bar Association of San Francisco this July 2014! Kaplan's renowned LSAT faculty member will provide students with personalized attention as well as over 100 hours of comprehensive and motivational instruction, an additional 10+ hours of live instruction per week through our new LSAT Channel, over 7,500 practice problems, and 3 full-length proctored practice tests, and a higher score guarantee. See below for more details about what's offered as part of the course.

Enroll through the following link and receive a $849 discount off the original price!

Course Schedule Link

Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 8 - August 7, 2014 | 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

The Bar Association of San Francisco, 301 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 

Register : http://bit.ly/BASFLSAT (You must register through this link to take advantage of the $849 discount)

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Andrew Fitch at andrewfitch@kaplan.com.

LSAT Prep Course Reviews

This resource – which is completely free and instantly accessible to anyone – includes a general guide to LSAT prep courses, detailed company reviews, expert ratings, data-driven comparisons, and completely unbiased commentary on the best courses in the country.

http://www.reviews.com/lsat-prep-courses/


 

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

The deadline to apply for this scholarship was April 11, 2014. Recipients will be announced in June 2014.

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

Read about the 2013 scholarship recipients.


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

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.


Student Debt Information

Educational Debt Relief
Many students choose to serve the public interest but soon find that high educational debt pushes them toward more fiscally lucrative careers. Learn how to start planning now to reduce the burden of your educational debt through this article.

Law School Debt Management [Video]
Law school students can benefit from new legislation and government programs that can lower the cost of loans incurred from law school. In the video are case examples of career paths, debt levels and salaries as primary factors for achieving optimal loan repayment. View it here.

Debt Management: The Basics
Managing you debt means that you are managing your finances. Debt Management is not a one-time event, rather an ongoing endeavor. Once you get your game plan set up, it becomes easier to track your progress. Learn the basic steps that you need to take in this post.


 

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

Summer Diversity Receptions

Check www.sfbar.org/summer-receptions 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: