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"Reality Check" Employer Visits

This semester, the CDO is planning a number of student site visits to legal employers.  The goal of these visits, which we are calling “Reality Checks” -- is to give students a real sense of what it is like to practice in certain types of settings and/or legal specialties.
We are planning “Reality Checks” with litigation and corporate law firm legal departments as well as public interest organizations. The visits will be taking place over the next several weeks.  As details are finalized, we will pass them on to you via email (and by posting on the Upcoming Events and Announcements section of the CDO homepage).

The first visit in the Reailty Check Series will take place on Friday, January 30th, from 3 to 5PM at the offices of The Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC).

This will be a great opportunity to explore the practice of public interest law.  Attendees will spend an afternoon touring LAS-ELC's office in San Francisco and hearing from a panel of attorneys about their work and what being a public interest practitioner is all about.  There will also be an informal reception with LAS-ELC staff and attorneys.  LAS-ELC, which is located at 600 Harrison Street, is easily accessible to BART.

The Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center promotes the stability of low income and disadvantaged workers and their families by addressing issues that affect their ability to achieve self-sufficiency. Using the law as a tool, the LAS-ELC helps workers attain financial security by preserving employment opportunities. By protecting the legitimate employment status of wage earners, LAS-ELC provides families the means to pull through adverse times, avoid the downward spiral caused by job loss, and be fully contributing members of society. For more information, visit their website at:

This event is limited to 12 students.  For more information and RSVP instructions, contact Linda Maranzana in the CDO -- -- no later than 5pm on January 27, 2009.