CLE Metro Bar Minority Clerkship!

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Minority Clerkship Program

The Minority Clerkship Program (MCP) was created to assist in the diversification of Cleveland’s legal market. It provides an opportunity for historically underrepresented racially and ethnically diverse eligible first year law students and committed legal employers (law firms, legal departments and government agencies) to collaborate in arranging summer employment prospects. Historically 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 purpose of the program is to ensure that employers and underrepresented minority law students obtain exposure to one another. In this way, we believe this will foster a culture of diversity and inclusion.

How to apply:

  1. Submit an application. Packets are available after November 1, each year. Applications are due by January 20, 2017. Application packets are available online or in the Career Services office.
    1. The application packets include questions about your background, history, capabilities, skills, and other qualities. It also includes two essay opportunities for students to discuss their own unique circumstances (a personal statement) and where they plan to take their legal career (a career goals statement).
    2. Also enclosed must be two letters of reference and the student’s resume.
    3. Grades are not considered because of the timing of the program.
    4. Applications are then vetted for eligibility (all 1L law students with an interest in working in Cleveland are eligible to apply). Once eligibility is established then interviews will be scheduled. Interviews are normally in February at the CMBA offices in Cleveland.
    5. The categories of evaluation include appearance, poise, presentation, content, and hireability.
    6. On the day of the interview, there is a closed universe writing exam administered by the MCP. The exam is similar to a standard law school exam and is created and evaluated by law school professors.
  2. Once all three components have been completed, the Minority Clerkship Committee compiles the applicant’s scores for the interview, application, and writing assignment components and ranks the applicants accordingly.
  3. Applicants are informed of their acceptance and their match by mid-March and have one week to accept or decline their offers. Typically clerkships begin in May and continue into August. Students selected must be academically eligible to begin the summer employment.
  4. Prior to starting their positions, students selected for clerkships will participate in an Orientation program at the Bar Association in May, where they meet their direct supervisors or firm/law department contact.

Lunch and Learn Program

All applicants whether selected for the program or not are invited to participate in Lunch and Learn. These periodic lunches allow the students to meet and learn from the experienced, successful minority members of the legal community, including law firm partners, judges and general counsel.

Important Links:

Application HERE

MCP Webpage   HERE

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Bricker & Eckler Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship (1Ls)

Bricker & Eckler LLP

Charles H. Walker Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship

Established to provide a first-year law student with a valuable employment experience early in his or her legal career, this scholarship will be awarded to a candidate who: demonstrates leadership skills, academic skills, academic strength, service to the community, an overall commitment to excellence and who has exhibited a meaningful commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Qualifications:  Students who will be 1L’s in an ABA-approved law school by January 2017 are eligible to apply for the scholarship. One scholarship in the form of a $10,000 cash award (less any applicable taxes and withholdings) towards law school tuition and other law school related expenses will be awarded. In addition, the scholarship recipient will receive a paid summer associate position for the summer of 2017.

How to Apply:  Eligible candidates should forward their resume with GPA to the attention of Patricia M. Lach, Recruiting/Professional Development Coordinator, Bricker & Eckler LLP, 100 South Third Street, Columbus, OH 43215.  All resumes must be submitted / received by February 1, 2017. Scholarship finalists will be interviewed by members of the Firm’s Recruiting Committee and we hope to make the final selection by April 1, 2017.

All inquiries related to the Bricker & Eckler LLP – 2017 Charles H. Walker Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship should be directed to Patricia M. Lach, Recruiting/Professional Development Coordinator, plach@bricker.com

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Networking reception at Bricker & Eckler in Columbus – all students invited!

Please join the attorneys of Bricker & Eckler LLP

for a cocktail reception at:

Hawk Galleries

153 East Main Street

Columbus, OH 43215

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

RSVP to Patti Lach at plach@bricker.com or 614-227-4841

by Friday, December 16, 2016

1Ls are encouraged to attend.

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Interested in a military legal career?

Please feel free to stop by Career Services in Room 110. We have information regarding the various programs for law students with the United States Marine Corps. If you are interested, please stop by to pick up a packet or email us for details!

Assistant Dean O’Brien: ab139@uakron.edu

Thank you!

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1Ls: Join us for “What I Did My 1L Summer” on Monday, 11/14 at 12:20PM in Room 140

Come and hear from a panel of 2Ls as they discuss their various 1L summer internships, law clerk positions, externships, and study abroad! Lunch will be served – hope to see you there!

Note: this program is in Room 140 and we will wrap up for those of you who have a 1:00 PM Class.

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