1L Minority Clerkship


The HCBA 1L Minority Clerkship Program first began in the fall of 2005. The program places first-year minority law students with Minnesota legal employers for a summer associate experience. Ultimately, the program hopes to find its participants becoming future partners and leaders in Minnesota’s legal community.

The 2020 summer session is the program’s 14th year, and more than 45 students applied and 15 students were placed with well-respected legal employers. The program has served hundreds of law students from underrepresented backgrounds since its inception.

Calling all employers: The Hennepin County Bar Association seeks employers to participate in the HCBA’s 1L Minority Clerkship Program for the summer of 2021. Past and current employers have included large and mid-sized firms, government agencies, and the County Attorney, Public Defender’s office, and the Fourth District Judicial Court.

Five Reason Your Office Should Participate in the 1L Minority Clerkship Program
1. Clerks go through a three-part interview process that is designed to offer you a highly qualified law student
2. Expand your talent pipeline by introducing diverse perspectives into your practice
3. Obtain quality assistance on legal projects for a lower cost to your clients
4. Provide professional development opportunities not only for your summer clerk, but also for your attorneys and staff who supervise the clerk
5. Invest in the legal community at large by providing opportunities for diverse students

For more information on the program, contact Athena Hollins
at or 612-271-6321.

Thank you to our 1L Employers
4th Judicial District
Bowman & Brooke LLP
Brown & Carlson
Chestnut Cambronne PA
Felhaber Larson
Hennepin County Attorney’s
Hennepin County Public
Defender’s Office
Littler Mendelson/General Mills
Messerli Kramer
MN Attorney General’s Office
MN Department of Commerce
MN Department of
Schaefer Halleen LLC
* Thank you to the 4th Judicial District
Court for hosting three clerks.
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