“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.”Stephen R. Covey
Even though minorities and other diverse populations increasingly make up a growing percentage of law school graduates nationwide, and thousands of students attend schools outside of the elite T14, individuals in these categories are historically underrepresented in federal clerkships. Our mission is to change that.
Law clerks work closely with federal judges to conduct research, think about difficult legal questions, and draft opinions. Federal courts and the decisions they make directly impact all communities, and law clerks bring their own experiences and perspectives to the job. Law clerks also go on to later serve the profession as practitioners, public defenders, prosecutors, academics, and even judges.
And yet there remains an overwhelming underrepresentation of certain groups in federal clerkships. Despite there being many smart and talented law students and lawyers from diverse backgrounds who would make phenomenal federal law clerks, these individuals face a unique set of barriers.
Law Clerks for Diversity provides advice, mentorship, and other resources designed to help diverse applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups navigate the elusive clerkship hiring process. The goal is to create a pipeline to ultimately increase the diversity of law clerks in the federal judiciary, which will have the downstream effect of increasing diversity in other aspects of the legal profession.
Pairing students and recent graduates with mentors and providing a better understanding of the benefits of a federal clerkship and how to navigate the application process.
(2) Law Schools
Conducting outreach to connect with law schools and minority student groups about this program and to encourage schools to devote energy to helping diverse students and alumni navigate the clerkship application process.
(3) Federal Judges
Working with judges to share the benefits of hiring applicants from diverse backgrounds and, hopefully as a result, increasing the demand for diverse applicants. Encouraging judges to be intentional with their hiring choices to account for diversity.