SANTA ANA — On most days, the hallways of Orange County Superior Court are filled with men and women dressed in pressed slacks and shined shoes. The click of heels and whir of rolling briefcases are the 11-story legal tower's soundtrack.
Thursday was no exception. A group from law firms in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and other pats of Orange County bounced from courtroom to courtroom in their finest.
The only difference to the norm? This group of 28 would-be lawyers were still in high school.
As part of Project SELF, which reaches out to low-income minority students and provides them with summer internships at law firms, the students visited the courthouse and watched the proceedings.
The Orange County Bar Foundation's Associate Director Nancy Garcia said the students have a skill set for the working world when they leave the program.
"They seem to become more focused on pursuing a college path and researching career and profession options," she said. "They enter Project SELF as high school students and leave as college-bound students with a vision for a bright and successful future."