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The Justice & Diversity Center

Law Academy Internship Program

The Justice & Diversity Center’s Law Academy Internship Program, in conjunction with the Mayor’s Youth Jobs, San Francisco Unified School District, and the United Way Bay Area, invite law firms and in-house legal departments to host a Law Academy student in your office this summer as a paid intern.

Established in 1997 by then Bar Association of San Francisco President Judge Jeffrey Ross, Law Academy is a program that encourages, inspires, and increases career opportunities for high schools students at Balboa High School. A summer internship gives rising juniors direct work experience and school credit as paid interns in law firms and legal departments.

The 2017 summer intern program runs June 22 to July 21 with students working Monday through Thursday for a total of 20 hours per week.  They are paid minimum wage, which includes FICA and workers’ compensation.  Visit our FAQs for more information.

Thank you to the following law, government and legal nonprofit offices and individuals who have employed or sponsored a 2017 Law Academy student intern.

Farella Braun + Martel (2 interns)
Fenwick and West  (2 interns)
Hanson Bridgett
Keker, Van Nest & Peters
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Munger, Tolles, & Olsen
Office of Supervisor Ahsha Safai
Office of Supervisor Jane Kim
Office of Supervisor Jeff Sheehy
Office of Supervisor Mark Farrell

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Shartsis Friese
The Bar Association of San Francisco
United Way of the Bay Area
Winston & Strawn

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long does the internships run?
    The internship runs from June 12 to July 21 (six weeks)
  • How much are the students paid?
    San Francisco’s minimum wage increases July 1, 2017, to $14 per hour.  Students will be paid $14 per hour for the entire six week internship.  This amount includes FICA and workers’ compensation, which will vary depending on category of work the student is doing at each employer.
  • What can students do during their internship?
    There are many functions that an intern can do during their internship.  Here are a few suggestions:
    • Research projects (data or history for example)
    • Interview staff members about their job or career; write a brief article
    • Create a flyer about an event your organization is holding
    • Order supplies
    • Organize a file, storage room, closet
    • Create an inventory
    • Sit in on a meeting to take notes and type the notes after
    • Research social media outlets where you want your firm to follow or be followed
    • Give tours of your facility
  • If staff members were fingerprinted in prior years for an internship, do they need to complete the process again?

If you are interested in hiring a Law Academy student for a summer internship, contact Ann Murphy at