DIVERSITY CLERKSHIP PROGRAM


Program Overview: The Honorable Roy W. King 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). Since 2005, this program has sought to increase diversity in the legal profession in the Rochester area by attracting first-year law students to work in paid positions with Rochester-area law firms and other legal employers.

Housing is provided for non-Monroe County resident summer clerkship participants.

Evaluation Criteria

– Interview/interpersonal skills
– Diversity statement
– Writing skills
– Connection to Western New York and/or interest in practicing in the Rochester community
– Involvement in relevant professional and community activities
– Academic achievement
– Work experience

*  Employers may require additional information before an offer is made.

Selection Process

1. Application: Eligible first-year law students are required to submit an application, current resume, undergraduate and law school transcripts, a personal statement and the designated writing sample. Click here for fillable Clerkship Application.


2. Interview: Qualified candidates will e invited to Rochester for interviews. Interviews may be conducted virtually. Students must secure their own transportation to Rochester for the interviews, please contact Westerly Magnera, diversity@rbbalaw.org or 585-502-8736, for potential assistance or to request a virtual interview. 


3. Post-Interview: After the interviews, candidates and employers will rank each other. The Diversity Clerkship Committee will review candidates based on evaluation criteria and rankings to determine offers.


4. Offers: After offers are made, candidates will have three days to accept or decline the initial offer (there is no discussion of monetary terms at this point).  If an offer is declined, the position will be extended to an alternate.  Students who decline offers will not be given the option of an alternate placement.

Contact Us

Return this application and direct any questions to:
Westerly Magnera
Diversity Clerkship Program
PO Box 14569
Rochester, New York 14614
diversity@rbbalaw.org
Tel: 585-502-8736