Minority Clerkship Program

Program Overview

The MCP was created to assist in the diversification of Cleveland’s legal market. This 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, the MCP 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.

The Importance of the Program

The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association recognizes the importance of addressing the issue of the lack of minorities in the legal profession. The mission of the Minority Clerkship Program is to bring together law firms, legal departments and historically underrepresented minority law students. The purpose is to ensure that employers and minority law students obtain exposure to the other. We believe that this will help to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion. 

Application

MCP Application - Applications and related required materials are due Jan. 19, 2019
The program is accessed through a competitive application process.
  
The Procedure of the Minority Clerkship Program.pdf


Leadership

Gregory G. Guice
Co-Chair
Reminger Co., L.P.A.
 

Nancy Q. Walker
Co-Chair
Ohio Attorney General's Office

This Program is administered under the umbrella of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. The Minority Clerkship Committee consists of volunteers from law firms, legal departments and the legal community at large.

Questions?

If you need further information, please contact Minority Clerkship Program CMBA staff liaisons: 

Mary Groth
mgroth@clemetrobar.org
216-696-3525 x 5004  



What people are saying

Employers:

“The Firm has participated in the program for three years and our experience in each year was extremely positive”. - John Gibbon, Walter & Haverfield, LLP

“The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's minority clerkship program provides significant opportunities for law students with diverse backgrounds, raises awareness of the value of diversity within the Cleveland legal community, and is a step toward the goal of having the legal profession reflect the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of our community. Thompson Hine strongly supports the program and has benefited from its participation each year”. Rob Ware, Partner, Thompson Hine LLP

Students:

“This will probably be the most valuable experience I will have had as a law student. There is no other program out there that could have provided me with the experience I gained through the Minority Clerkship Program”. - Nathan Winfield Torres, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

“I struggled academically during my first year of law school.  Thanks to my placement with the Minority Clerkship Program, I found out that I was actually good at real-world practice.  My confidence improved, and so did my grades.  I have learned to enjoy school, and I already have a job offer.  The Minority Clerkship Program provides an extraordinary opportunity for which I will always be grateful”.   - Maurice Hudson, Case Western Reserve University School of Law