Diversity

A special thank you to U.S. Legal Support, PsiNapse and Behmke Reporting and Video Services for their generous sponsorship of the Chapter's Diversity program and Diversity Scholarships.

The primary objective of the Golden Gate Chapter's Diversity Committee is to increase the diversity amongst non-lawyer professionals within law firms and legal departments. Our goal is to raise the awareness of students and young professionals on the various career paths available today. Through a combination of outreach, education and partnership, we strive to meet our diversity goals.

OUTREACH

In collaboration with City College of San Francisco, we introduce our Diversity Initiative to enrolled students.

EDUCATION

Part of ALA's Diversity Initiative is to increase awareness of and sensitivity to the differences in our workforce, and to advance the concepts of inclusiveness and acceptance.

Periodically, the Golden Gate Chapter presents Diversity themed sessions covering gender, generational, race and sexual orientation issues. Check the calendar for upcoming topics.

Additional information and resources can be found at the Association of Legal Administrators website (www.alanet.org/diversity including a diversity toolkit to be used as a guide to assist in implementing and maintaining diversity initiatives in legal organizations.)

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The ALA's Diversity Internship Program is designed to expose diverse college students to the business side of law firms and the many career opportunities in the legal industry. The program places interns in law firms and legal departments of various sizes and practices. Students are exposed to a variety of functional and operational departments, with the intention of providing each student with real world work experiences that will assist them in building their resumes in this field.

This program serves two purposes:

(1) Diverse college students gain exposure to and experience in the legal field; and

(2) Participating firms have the opportunity to meet promising students who might choose to work in the field.

Internships are usually offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters (12-16 weeks, part-time). The Diversity Internship Program includes a variety of career tracks:

Human Resources
Finance & Billing
Information Systems and Office Technology
Office Services & Facilities
Marketing
Reception
Secretarial

 How to host an intern:

If your firm would be interested in hosting an intern, or would like additional information on the ALA Diversity Internship Program please contact:

 David Chi

If you are a college student interested in applying for an internship click here.  For the application, click here.

 Additional information:

 ALA Diversity Internship Program FAQ Sheet