Louis Stokes Scholars Program
“Changing Lives, One Student at a Time”
In June 2012, the CMBA launched the Louis Stokes Scholars Program -- a pipeline diversity initiative through which college students interested in careers in the law engage in paid summer legal internships of eight-weeks duration at Cleveland law firms, courts and legal nonprofits. Scholars are provided with volunteer mentors who are lawyers and judges who agree to mentor throughout the college years. In addition, Scholars participate in group enrichment and networking activities through the summer including field trips to the courts and local law schools, public speaking and writing seminars and lunch and learn programs with legal community leaders. We are planning a great program for Summer 2020. Apply now or before April 10, 2020.
Download the 2020 Stokes Scholars Brochure
Paid Internships! Mentors! Skill-Building! Networking!
Interested in exploring careers in the law? Looking for a great summer internship experience? Apply for the Louis Stokes Scholars Program by April 10, 2020. Louis Stokes Scholars will enjoy a unique summer program crafted just for them with paid internships in law firms, the courts and legal nonprofits; group field trips, social and networking opportunities, visits to Law School campuses, Lunch & Learn seminars, writing and public speaking seminars, shadowing Court of Common Pleas judges, legal research, Law School Admissions Boot Camp including all about the LSAT and preparing for law school. Plus, all Scholars are provided lawyer-mentors to help achieve college success.
- The Stokes Scholars Program received the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Program Award in September, 2014.
- The National Association of Bar Executives awarded the Stokes Scholars program with the Lexis Nexis Community Partnership Award in 2013.
- In March 2013, the Louis Stokes Scholars Program was named Best New Internship at The Expys Awards. The Expys Awards are presented by the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) and Cleveland Business Connects Magazine to recognize the best interns, mentors and internship programs in Northeast Ohio.
There is a need for pipeline diversity programs because the legal profession ranks last in the percentage of minority members compared to all other professions, a troubling fact for a profession dedicated to justice and equality. The Stokes Scholars Program provides the missing piece in the CMBA's pipeline diversity initiatives – a college program. The CMBA now has critical pipeline programs for high school (The 3Rs – Rights, Responsibilities, Realities; Cleveland Mock Trial Program and Stephanie Tubbs Jones Summer Legal Academy), college (Louis Stokes Scholars Program) and law school students (Minority Clerkship Program).
2019-20 Chair of the Stokes Scholars Committee, Brandon Brown