1L Open Doors Job Shadow Program

Our Open Doors Job Shadow program is designed for students in their first year of law school (1L). We match students with legal organizations who open their doors to the student for three days. The program gives students an inside view in the daily lives of lawyers and how legal organizations function. The program is open to law students enrolled in San Francisco law schools and takes place during spring break. Open Doors is a collaboration with the University of San Francisco School of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law, and Golden Gate University School of Law.

In 2024, the program will be in person from 3/5 – 3/7. Open Doors 2021 was a one-day event, opening with a fireside chat with First Appellate District Justice Teri Jackson, followed by a dynamic, interactive practical skills workshop on projecting credibility and confidence presented by SpeechSkills.

Watch segments of Open Doors 2021 below:

For more details about the program, contact:

Golden Gate University School of Law
Faiza Shirazi


UC Hastings College of Law
Amy Kimmel

University of San Francisco School of Law
Sanya Hill Maxion

Deborah Change

Thank You to our 2024 Hosts

San Francisco County Superior Court | Arent Fox Schiff | Contra Costa District Attorney's Office | Crowell & Moring | Davis Wright Tremaine | Google | Hanson Bridgett | Keker, Van Nest & Peters | Seyfarth Shaw | The Norton Law Firm

Get involved:

Are you a 1L interested in the job-shadowing program?

Email diversity@sfbar.org for more details.

Are you interested in serving as a host organization?

Host organizations include private law firms, non-profit organizations, in-house legal departments, government agencies and courts. We provide all you need to give your student a great job-shadowing experience.

If you are interested in hosting a student, please email diversity@sfbar.org.

Job Shadow – Hon. Daniel A. Flores

The 1L Open Door Shadowing program is a valuable opportunity for students to get a taste of what it really feels like to work in a legal environment of their interest. Opening the door to first-year students can provide them with the type of clarity needed to make that important decision about where law students should focus their efforts during the critical summer between 2nd and 3rd year. I congratulate JDC in helping law students balance the adages of ‘fools rush in’ and ‘don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.’

Hon. Daniel A. Flores, Superior Court Judge, County of San Francisco