This program seeks to increase diversity in the legal profession in the Rochester area by attracting qualified second-year law students from historically under-represented groups, including racial and ethnic minorities or those who grew up in low income households, to work in a paid position with our organization. By providing a Rochester-based work experience to law students of diverse backgrounds, we believe we are moving toward the long-term goal of increasing diversity in the legal community.

Empire Justice Center strongly believes that a diverse work force results in better service to clients and a better work environment for attorneys and staff. We are committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting attorneys who contribute to the overall diversity of the legal community in Rochester.

The summer clerkship is expected to run for no longer than ten weeks in total and will include a $6,650 stipend.
Eligible second year law students are required to submit a formal application, current resume, undergraduate and law school transcripts, a personal statement and the designated writing sample on or before the submission deadline, Friday January 17, 2014, to diversityclerkship@empirejustice.org.

  1. Interview: Based on the application materials submitted, qualified candidates will be invited to Rochester for an interview conducted by members of the Diversity Clerkship Hiring Committee and various staff attorneys of the organization, on Saturday February 1, 2014.

Students must secure their own transportation to Rochester for the interviews; however, students facing challenges traveling to Rochester should contact Rebecah Corcoran for potential assistance or to discuss alternatives.

  1. Selection Process: After the interviews, the Diversity Clerkship Hiring Committee will rank students based on the following criteria (academic achievement, work experience, community involvement, contribution to diversity, writing and interpersonal skills and interest in the Rochester community), and then will select the student who will be offered the Clerkship, along with alternates.
  1. Offers: The selected student will be given three days to accept the initial offer. If the offer is declined, the position will be extended to an alternate until the position is filled.    To APPLY Visit www.empirejustice.org, or our CSM.