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    For more information about Project SELF, please contact:
    (714) 480-1925

    Nancy Garcia, Associate Director
    ext. 108

Project SELF is a program of the Orange County Bar Foundation in partnership with the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators


  • Must currently attend high school in Santa Ana and have finished junior year by June of 2015
  • Must have a 2.0 grade point average or higher
  • Applications will be distributed in January through your High School Higher Education Counselor
  • Late applications will NOT be accepted


    "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

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Project SELF  Promoting Educated Youth

Celebrating 20 Years of Opening Doors of Opportunity

Project SELF Interns, Summer of 2014

Project SELF (Summer Employment in Law Firms) is a paid, eight-week summer internship that was initiated in 1995 to give youth the opportunity to explore professional careers within the legal community. The program places qualified high school juniors in law firms and law-related businesses in Orange County, CA. These deserving students are consequently introduced to a professional working experience while enhancing their knowledge, experience, and self-esteem.

Project SELF targets low-income students who are entering their senior year of high school in the city of Santa Ana. We have found that the program 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 it exposes youth to professional career fields that they would not otherwise be exposed to. Because of their socioeconomic conditions and cultural limitations, most of these students cannot achieve this exposure without some assistance. They desperately need adult role models and mentors, and they need to know that it is possible for them to go on to college and establish successful careers. Project SELF addresses these needs by providing youth with positive alternatives for spending their summers, access to a professional career environment, and positive mentors to help them with goal setting and preparation for the future.

Upon completing the program, many Project SELF interns have been hired to work at the law firms they once interned for. Most go off to college, and at least three participants have continued on to law school. Through Project SELF, the legal community continues to make a significant impact on the lives of Santa Ana youth every year.

A special thank you to our 2015 Project SELF donors:
And a special thank you to this year's participating law firms:
Advanced Depositions Allen Matkins Leck Gamble
Mallory & Natsis LLP
Archer Norris, PLC Brown Rudnick LLP
Callahan & Blaine 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 Greenberg Gross LLP
Haynes and Boone, LLP Irell & Manella LLP
Jones Day Kading Briggs LLP
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP Latham & Watkins LLP
Law Office of F. Elliot Goldman Legal Aid Society of Orange County
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP Malcolm Cisneros, A Law Corporation
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP Michael Maguire & Associates
Minyard Morris, LLP Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Newmeyer & Dillion LLP O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Orange County Bar Association Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
Palmieri, Tyler, Wiener,
Wilhelm & Waldron LLP
Paul Hastings LLP
Payne & Fears LLP Plager Schack LLP
Rizio & Nelson Robinson Calcagnie Robinson
Shapiro Davis, Inc.
Rutan & Tucker, LLP Samuels, Green & Steel, LLP
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP Snell & Wilmer LLP
Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, PC Traut Firm
Troutman Sanders LLP Wesierski & Zurek LLP
Woodruff, Spradlin & Smart, APC Wright, Finlay & Zak, LLP