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2016 Diversity Clerkship Program

The State Bar of Wisconsin commits to assisting legal organizations interested in diversifying their legal staff. To further its goal of promoting diversity within the legal profession, it facilitates a diversity clerkship program that encourages diversity in the legal profession by providing a rich learning experience for participating students and employers. In the past thirteen years, the program has provided first-hand experience in private law firms, corporate legal departments, and governmental agencies.

The State Bar's first-year law student Diversity Clerkship Program is a limited-term, summer employment opportunity that affords first-year law students of diverse backgrounds the opportunity to build legal practice skills and knowledge. It is an employer-student assignment program. Students are assigned to private law firms, corporate legal departments and governmental agencies. Student clerks gain valuable legal experience; employers obtain valuable legal support. The program offers employers and students a unique opportunity to share experiences and to promote diversity in the legal profession.

Diversity Clerkship Program Past Chair Kathleen Chung says, "The Diversity Clerkship Program brings legal employers and law students together to provide superior client representation through a diverse bar. This unique program offers exceptional clerkship opportunities to law students of diverse backgrounds. Eligible law students are assigned to employers who offer mentoring as well as hands-on legal work in settings from large to small firms, in-house to government agencies. As a graduate of the program, I can personally attest to the professional value this Bar program brings to both students and employers."

Program goals:

  • Provide legal employers with access to first-year law students of diverse backgrounds from Wisconsin law schools.
  • Enhance law student academic education with practical, real-business legal work experience.
  • Expose law students to varied Wisconsin legal employment opportunities.
  • Provide full-time, limited-term summer clerkship experiences with premier legal organizations. Employers may enroll through January 11, 2016 for the summer 2016 program. Student applications are due January 11, 2016.

For more information, please contact State Bar Program Assistant org jvang wisbar Jerry Vang at (800) 444-9404 or (608) 250-6181.

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