Minority Clerkship Program

Information for Students

Overview

Since 1987, minority law students and employers in Central Ohio have benefited from the existence of the CBA Minority Clerkship Program. Employers have generously contributed more than $4.8 million in salaries to students in the program, employing more than 600 summer clerks. The MCP experience continues to serve as an important tool in the growth of 1st and 2nd year minority law students and has helped to nearly double the number the of minority attorneys in Central Ohio firms that are part of the Columbus Bar's Managing Partners Diversity Initiative. Several current and former board members of the CBA have benefited from their clerkship experience and Anthony Sharett had this to say, "The MCP continues to be a nationally recognized opportunity program for outstanding Moritz College of Law and Capital Law students. And, the MCP continues to thrive with the vital support of the participating employers who have endeavored to ensure that the program is a continued success."

Application Process
  • Mandatory attendance at annual information meeting
  • Applicants indicate their preference of employers for interviews
  • Application includes biographical information, personal statement, writing assignment, and resume
  • Interviews by prospective employers
  • Public and private sector positions are available
  • Applicants for the Minority Clerkship program attend a mandatory orientation program in preparation for the interviews. Students receive training on law firm etiquette, legal research and writing, and expected professional dress and mentoring by the sponsoring Columbus Bar Minorities in the Law Committee.
  • Open to 1L and 2L students of color from Capital University Law School and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law