Frequently Asked Questions - Shadow Program

Questions and answers about the Coastal Law Shadow Program.
No. The Shadow program is not a recruitment program for any type of employment at any of the participating firms or judicial chambers. Your participation in the Shadow Program will not make you a candidate for a position with the participating firms. The sole purpose of the Shadow Program is educational.
Yes. As you will be observing live cases, there is always the possibility that a proprietary or other confidential matter may arise and a client could prefer for only the parties and the attorneys to be present. If that should occur, you need to follow the instructions of the lawyer you are shadowing.
Any student who has registered for a scheduled event but fails to appear and fails to comply with the 72 hour cancellation notification requirement will be ineligible to participate in the Shadow Program for the remainder of the semester.
If you cancel for a reason other than an emergency, you must notify the Shadow Program contact person 72 hours before the scheduled event. After 72 hours, you may only cancel for genuine emergencies (e.g. illness, you have to travel out of state unexpectedly). The reason for this 72 hour program rule is because there are very limited slots available for scheduled events and the important need for participating firms and judicial chambers to accurately know who will be attending.
Yes. This is a possibility simply because hearings and depositions are cancelled or cases can be settled up to the moment before the proceeding is set to begin. Therefore, it is important to monitor the event status on an ongoing basis.
Yes. This is an important responsibility of each student participant. Because events can be cancelled at any time, you must check the status of your event on an ongoing basis up until the hour before the event.

This can depend on the type of event and on the instructions given by the attorney you will be shadowing. You will need to check the event description on the Shadow Program website to determine where you need to meet.

Proper business dress and punctuality are core requirements of professionalism. You must be mindful of both. The continued vitality of the Shadow Program will depend on your commitment to these core principles of professionalism.
You need to make arrangements to arrive at the designated event site at least 30 minutes before any scheduled event. You need to dress in proper business attire and you should not bring with you or carry into any proceeding any type of electronic communication device (e.g., cell phones).
You need to monitor the Shadow Program website’s calendar to see if that event has a cancellation notice posted. If so, that means the event has been taken off the calendar and will not be held. You then should register for another event that you would like to attend.
You will be given access to the Shadow Program website, and you will need to monitor the Shadow Program website’s calendar of events. When you see an event you would like to attend, you need to register online for that specific event.
You will need to complete a sign-up sheet at the time you attend the orientation.
You must attend the mandatory orientation session and register for the program at that orientation session.

This program permits students to not only see the practical application of concepts they are learning about in the classroom but it gives them the unique opportunity to learn how trials are conducted, how arguments are made, how evidence is presented and objected to, how lawyers talk to judges, how lawyers talk to clients, how lawyers talk to one another, and how to conduct themselves in a courtroom. Students will be learning from lawyers and judges who are recognized as among the best and most skilled trial attorneys in the nation.

First, second, and third year students.

The Shadow Program offers second and third year law students a unique opportunity to bridge classroom doctrinal instruction and courtroom practice skills. The program affords any interested 1L, 2L, and 3L the opportunity to acquire vitally important exposure to the litigation process by shadowing lawyers from one of private law firms, federal and state judges, governmental law departments and public interest law firms.