Minority Clerkship Program
Interested in Summer Clerkships?
The Minority Clerkship Program was created to assist in improving diversity in Cleveland’s legal market. This diversity pipeline program program provides the opportunity for qualified minority law students to work as law clerks or summer associates in a firm, legal department or government agency at the end of their first year of law school. This experience better prepares the students to compete for permanent legal positions in the future, while providing employers with the opportunity to work with well-qualified minority students. Since its inception, this program has involved over 40 of Cleveland’s law firms, legal departments and government agencies and has assisted over 300 law students in obtaining valuable clerkship positions.
What to Expect
Successful applicants who are selected for clerkships can expect to participate in a paid summer position at a law firm, law office or legal nonprofit in northeast Ohio. Typically, the summer clerkships begin in late May and end in early August. Most require a full time commitment. In addition to the clerkship, the CMBA provides group Lunch and Learn programs during the summer to introduce students to additional Cleveland lawyers and judges.
Eligibility and Student Application
Minority first year law students are eligible to apply. The competitive application period opens annually in November and closes in mid-January when applications are due. Interviews take place in February and placement offers are made in March. Summer 2022 Applications will be available in November 2021.
In addition to providing law students with hands-on legal experiences and mentoring opportunities, the program helps create pathways for participating employers to build more inclusive and diverse teams within their workplaces.
The Minority Clerkship Program is administered under the umbrella of the CMBA's Inclusion & Diversity Committee. It has an Oversight Committee led by Co-Chairs Greg Guice of Reminger Co. LPA and Nancy Walker of the Ohio Attorney General's Office. The Oversight Committee also includes representatives of the participating employers and members of the CMBA.
Need More Information?
Contact Minority Clerkship Program Staff Liaison Mary Groth