"Snell & Wilmer is always eager for its Project SELF students to start. It gains a sense of community and enjoys the impact it has on each student's view of the legal community." -Snell & Wilmer LLP
"I am extremely
grateful to have received this opportunity. My law firm has hired me to stay on part-time, which I look forward to. Project SELF has opened many doors for me."- Mariel,
Santa Ana HS
Project SELF Promoting Educated Youth
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Santa Ana Teens Putting Summer to Work for Them
For many high school students, summer is about going to the beach and hanging out at the mall with friends. But what many of them don't know is that summer is the best time for students to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. This summer was very different for several Santa Ana high school students. These students were busy getting noticed.
In February, over 100 applications were submitted for a paid summer internship to work in law firms across Orange County. Of the applications received, 59 were selected.
Since 1995, over 600 Santa Ana high school students have been placed as interns at Orange County law firms and law-related businesses. Project SELF (Summer Employment in Law Firm) provides low-income, minority high school juniors a hands-on summer internship. The program is run by the Orange County Bar Foundation in partnership with the Orange County Chapter, Association of Legal Administrators.
We have found that Project SELF helps our target population by reducing their risk of juvenile delinquency and providing positive life and career options. The Project SELF opportunity is so important because youth need exposure to professional career fields, such as the legal community. Because of their socio-economic conditions and cultural limitations, most of these students cannot achieve this exposure without our assistance. They desperately need adult role models and mentors, and they need to know it is possible to go on to college and establish a successful career. Project SELF addresses these needs by providing youth with positive alternatives for spending their summers, access to professional and career environments they have never been exposed to, and positive mentors to help them with goal setting and college preparation.
After completing the program many Project SELF interns are hired to work at the law firms they once interned for. Most go off to college and at least four have continued on to law school. Through Project SELF, law firms and lawyers are making a big impact in the lives of Santa Ana youth.
A special thanks to this year's participating law firms:
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
Bohm Matsen LLP
Brown Rudnick LLP
Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP
Cresa Orange County
Crowell & Moring LLP
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
First Legal Support Services
Fisher & Phillips LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Green & Hall
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Hodel Briggs Winter LLP
Irell & Manella LLP
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Legal Aid Society of Orange County
Malcolm Cisneros, A Law Corporation
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
McDermott Will & Emery
Michael Maguire & Associates
Minyard Morris, LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Newmeyer & Dillion, LLP
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Orange County Bar Association
Orange County Superior Court
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
Palmieri, Tyler, Wiener, Wilhelm & Waldron LLP
Paul Hastings, LLP
Payne & Fears LLP
Robinson Calcagnie Robinson
Shapiro Davis, Inc.
Rus, Miliband & Smith, APC
Rutan & Tucker, LLP
Samuels, Green & Steel, LLP
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Snell & Wilmer LLP
Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, PC
Travers Realty Corporation
Wesierski & Zurek LLP
Woodruff, Spradlin & Smart, APC
Wright, Finlay & Zak, LLP
Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975,
OCBF does not discriminate in the provision of services on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability or age.