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BASF’s Undergrad to Law School Program Recognized by the American Bar Association
Destination Law School Wins Partnership Award

May 7, 2010 – San Francisco - The newest addition to BASF’s diversity pipeline program offering, Destination Law School (DLS), was recently recognized by the American Bar Association with its 2010 Partnership Award.

The goal of Destination Law School is to increase the number of diverse college graduates going into law school. DLS provides students with concrete information about the LSAT testing process, law school application process, the experience of law school, the various areas of legal practice and the judicial process.

DLS has built partnerships with local colleges, law schools and the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO). Through these partnerships, and with the help of more than 60 judges, private practice attorneys, in-house counsel, representa­tives from Bay Area minority bar associations and law students, DLS provides information and resources that help simplify the law school preparation and application process, and help diverse, undergraduate students in both two- and four-year colleges located in the San Francisco Bay Area, better understand the legal profession.

Launched in 2008, by the end of the first year of the program in 2009, 400 students received information about what workshops and classes DLS had to offer. Since that time that number has increased to over 700 students. In 2009, partnering with Keker & Van Nest and Hanson Bridgett, DLS produced a 43-page Pre-Law Tool Kit. This step-by-step guide starts with freshman year in college and concludes with applying to law schools. It offers detailed instructions on best practices for considering law school -- including suggestions of courses to take in college, accumulating letters of recommendations, writing personal statements and making the decision to apply to law school. The DLS Pre-Law Tool Kit also was recognized by the National Association of Bar Executives Communications Section with a Luminary award in 2009.

The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, National Association of Bar Executives and the National Conference of Bar Foundations, Friday, August 6, at the Joint Awards Luncheon, 12:15 p.m., Hilton San Francisco.

 

The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) is a nonprofit voluntary membership organization of over 8,000 attorneys, law students and legal professionals in the Bay Area. Founded in 1872, BASF is one of the largest and most dynamic metropolitan bar associations in the U.S., with a long and distinguished record of community action, public service and service to the legal profession.

Questions about media relations, BASF issues currently in the news, San Francisco Attorney magazine, marketing and communications:

Contact:
Ann Murphy, Director of Communications & Public Relations
Email:
amurphy@sfbar.org
Phone:
(415) 782-9000 x8792

For general communications inquiries:

Contact:
Sayre Happich, Assistant Director of Communications & Public Relations
Email:
shappich@sfbar.org
Phone:
(415) 782-9000 x8104