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The Justice & Diversity Center

1L Open Doors Job Shadow Program

Aimed at opening doors of opportunity for diverse law students, Open Doors strives to help 1Ls jumpstart their professional development through early, day-to-day immersion in dynamic legal organizations.

The program seeks to include students who may have had limited prior exposure to legal workplace settings.

USF School of Law was selected as the pilot law school for Open Doors’ inaugural year in 2015.

After a year of planning, 20 USF Law 1Ls were chosen to participate in the program during their spring break week of March 9.

After a program orientation, the students participated in a range of shadowing and interactive activities at their host organizations to give them a better sense of whether they might wish to pursue a career in that type of legal environment and to make contacts and build valuable relationships. Owing to the tremendous success of the pilot, the 2016 Open Doors 1L Job Shadow Program has tripled in size and expanded to include UC Hastings College of the Law and Golden Gate University School of Law. 


Seeking legal employers to host a 1L student from USF School of Law, UC Hastings College of Law or Golden Gate University School of Law March 7 -9, 2016!

The Bar Association of San Francisco, the University of San Francisco School of Law, UC Hastings, and Golden Gate University School of Law believe that early exposure to practitioners and professional environments is essential to launching students’ career advancement. The 1L Job Shadow Program seeks to facilitate that key step. 2016 will be the program’s second year, and up to 45 1Ls from the three law schools will participate.  The program will take place March 7-9, 2016.  If you would like to serve as an employer host or if you would like more information please contact Yolanda Jackson at