The Rochester Legal Diversity Clerkship Program is co-sponsored by the MCBA (through its Diversity Committee), the Rochester Black Bar Association (RBBA), and the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys (GRAWA). This program seeks to increase diversity in the legal profession in the Rochester area by attracting qualified first-year law students from historically under-represented groups within the legal profession, including racial and ethnic minorities, to work in paid positions with Rochester area law firms and other legal employers.

The sponsoring bars and participating employers believe that a diverse work force provides better service to clients and a better work environment for attorneys and staff. These organizations are

committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting attorneys who contribute to the overall diversity of the legal community in Rochester. The purpose of the Rochester Legal Diversity Clerkship Program is to provide Rochester-based work experience to law students of diverse backgrounds, with the long-term goal of increasing the diversity of the legal community.

The clerkship typically lasts eight to ten weeks and the participating organizations pay their standard 1L rate which has ranged from $500 – $1000 or more/per week.

Program Specifics:

Only first-year students are eligible to apply.  Submit: Application form, cover letter, resume, undergraduate and law school transcripts, a personal essay, and a legal writing sample to the CSM.

Past Participating Law Firms/Organizations* have been (organizations for Summer 2011 have not yet been confirmed):
• Boylan, Brown, Code, Vigdor & Wilson LLP
• Brown & Hutchinson
• Chamberlain D’Amanda
• Eastman Kodak Company
• Harris Beach PLLC
• Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
• Hiscock & Barclay LLP
• Legal Service Provider**: Empire Justice Center, MCLAC, VLSP or Legal Aid Society
• Monroe County Public Defenders Office
• Nixon Peabody LLP
• Phillips Lytle LLP
• Thomson Reuters
• Trevett Cristo Salzer & Andolina PC
• Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy
• The Wolford Law Firm
• Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP

Additional details and application information can be found on the Albany Law School’s Career Services Manager (CSM) under the “Job Postings/Qualify For” tab.  Deadline: February 12th.  There will be a representative on-campus this Spring to provide information about the Program – date: TBD.