ABA Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program

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The American Bar Association Business Law Section is committed to encouraging diversity in the Section by fostering a
welcoming environment for all lawyers and promoting full and equal participation by all lawyers, including lawyers of color, women lawyers, gay and lesbian lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities ("Diverse Lawyers").

The Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program focus is on judicial clerkships, where diversity among judicial clerks remains disproportionately low. For law students, serving as a judicial law clerk is a mark of distinction and honor that will advance their future career opportunities in law practice, and academia, in government as high-level appointees, and in securing appointments to the bench. Clerkships in business law courts provide another unique and highly important benefit to law students: the ability to see a microcosm of business practice, and allow the student to become familiar with business issues. Such a background will prove invaluable to a career in business law, whether it be litigation or transactional work.

In order to apply for the ABA Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program, sponsored by the Business and Corporate Litigation, Diversity and Judges Initiative Committees, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be current second year law students attending an ABA-approved law school.
  • Must be considered diverse in one of the following ways: students of color, women, students with disabilities, LGBT or have overcome a social or economic disadvantage such as a physical disability, financial constraints, or cultural impediments to becoming a law student;
  • Demonstrate financial need; and
  • Be a member of the ABA Law Student Division and the Business Law Section.
A $3,000 stipend to cover living expenses upon the start of their Clerkship.
Application Period
November 1, 2021 - January 7, 2022
January 7, 2022

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