|The Minority Clerkship Program (the “Program”) represents a collaborative effort between the two associations, to increase the number of minority attorneys in the Grand Rapids legal community. By facilitating the placement of first-year minority law students in law firms, corporations, and public interest clerkships, we hope to increase the diversity of the West Michigan legal community as a whole.
The Program’s ultimate goal is to provide qualified minority law students the introduction, development, and legal experience necessary to succeed in the Grand Rapids legal community, consequently the Program’s participants are given “real legal” assignments, opportunities to meet with clients and access to the professional experience of full-time associates and partners practicing law in Grand Rapids. Though not guaranteed, successful students have been offered second-year summer clerkships and, more importantly, full-time employment after completing successful second-year clerkships. The Program is open to first-year minority law students who have a connection to Michigan and an interest in exploring and residing in Grand Rapids.
Applicants must have taken legal writing prior to participation in the Program since much of the student’s work product will involve written assignments. Students who are currently in their second year of law school or have completed more than 30 credits prior to the start of the clerkship are not eligible to participate. Deference will be given to those students who have a more permanent connection to Michigan. As with any summer associate position, successful participants will be expected to fully participate in the professional activities of the law firm, corporation or public interest agency, and social outings, as well as balancing the demands of producing quality attorney work.
Interviews will be held at the Michigan State University College of Law, 301 Law College Building, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1300, on Saturday, March 5, 2011, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and concluding around 1:00 p.m. depending on the number of students interviewing.
Students who submit the application, along with their resume and transcript will be contacted regarding interviews by the Selection Committee. Interviews will be held on a first-come first-interviewed basis. In the event of an increased number of applicants, interviews may be scheduled at the discretion of Program administrators. The interviews will last approximately 20-30 minutes.
The program application is available for download from the Grand Rapids Bar Association website, www.grbar.org, at the following address: http://www.grbar.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=68. Details of the application process, including acceptable methods of transcript submission, are included on the application form.
Alternatively, for students attending school outside of Michigan who are unable to come to Michigan on the above date, arrangements may be made to conduct an interview via video conference (please note that it will be the responsibility of the applicant to set up the video conference capabilities at his or her location).