GJEL partner Ralph Jacobson engages students in a discussion about civil litigation

GJEL partner Ralph Jacobson engages students in a discussion about civil litigation

Note: This post was updated on March 26, 2018 to reflect the latest information about our 2018 Program.

Open to any high school students interested in learning more about a potential future career in law, the 2018 GJEL Intro to Careers in Law Program will be taking place during the week of June 25th.

This year will mark the fifth year GJELL has hosted a week-long summer program designed to give high school students an overview of what it’s like to be a lawyer. The program covers a wide variety of different specializations, with previous guest speakers ranging from defense attorneys, prosecutors, mediators, and plaintiff’s attorneys.

With the application deadline of Friday, May 4th approaching quickly, we wanted to preemptively answer some of the most frequently asked questions about our program.

Where will the summer program be taking place?
The Intro to Careers in Law Program will be hosted at our firm’s main office in Orinda. The office is located at Two Theatre Square, Suite 230, within walking distance of the Orinda BART station. There is also parking available in the Theatre Square parking garage.

Who is eligible to apply?
The program is open to any students who will be enrolled in high school during the 2017-2018 school year. From freshman to seniors, anyone with an interest in learning more about the legal industry is welcome to apply.

What are the hours for this year’s summer program?
Although a more detailed itinerary will be sent out prior to the start of the program, the Intro to Careers in Law Program will run Monday through Friday from approximately 9:30 am to 3:30 pm during the week of June 26th. (Note: the time may be modified slightly on whatever day students head to court to observe a trial.)

How many students will be accepted?
We will be accepting between 10 and 12 students for this year’s Intro to Careers in Law Program.

If you have any additional questions about the program, please send your inquiries to [email protected] The application deadline is Friday, May 4th, and applications are available for download on our Introduction to Careers in Law webpage.


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Andy Gillin

Andy Gillin received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the University of Chicago. He is the managing partner of GJEL Accident Attorneys and has written and lectured in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury law for numerous organizations. Andy is a highly recognized wrongful death lawyer in California.