ABA Business Law Diversity Clerkship: Apply by January 8

The ABA Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program will place nine 1L or 2L students in paid Clerkships in business related courts across the country.

Program Objectives

  • To encourage more diverse law students to apply for clerkship positions.
  • To foster relationships between business court judges and diverse law students.
  • To provide students with a foundation in various aspects of business law.
  • To provide opportunities for students to meet a wide variety of lawyers who are active in the practice of business law and are members of the Business Law Section.
  • To establish a support system for diverse students who are pursuing business court clerkship positions and a possible career in business law.

Clerk Roles and Responsibilities

The purpose of the Diversity Clerkship Program is to provide hands-on experience and exposure in Business Law to law students.  Roles and responsibilities of selected Diversity Clerkship participants include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Researching cases
  2. Drafting memoranda and opinions
  3. Observing trials
  4. Networking with local attorneys and judges 

Possible Locations

Clerkship locations will be determined after clerks are selected based on the needs of Business Court Judges in various locations. Placements from the 2015 program included the following locations:

  • Chicago, IL
  • Columbia, SC
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Jackson, MS
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Santa Ana, CA
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Upper Marlboro, MD


Participants in the Diversity Clerkship will receive a $6,000 stipend to cover living expenses upon the start of their Clerkship.

They will also receive an all-expense paid trip to the Business Law Section Annual Meeting in September, where they will get the opportunity to take advantage of programming, and networking opportunities within the Section.

Applicant Criteria

  • Applicants must be current first or second year law students attending an ABA-approved law school.
  • Applicants must be considered diverse in one of the following ways:
    • Law student of color
    • Women
    • Law students with disabilities
    • LGBT law students
    • Students who have overcome social or economic disadvantages such as a physical disability, financial constraints, or cultural impediments to becoming a law student
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • Applicants must be ABA Law Student Division and Business Law Section Members.

Application Components and Deadline

The application for the 2016 Diversity Clerkship program is now available here.

To apply for the 2016 Diversity Clerkship, please submit the following materials to Stephanie Rodriguez by January 8, 2016:

  • Completed Diversity Clerkship Application
  • Resume
  • Official law school transcript*
  • Official undergraduate transcript
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Application Essay (essay details are listed on the application)
  • Writing Sample from law school

*First year law students may submit their law school transcript after the application deadline with approval from Leslie Archer.

For more information, go to http://www.americanbar.org/groups/business_law/initiatives_awards/diversity.html

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