Judicial Clerkship Program (JCP)

The Judicial Clerkship Program (JCP) introduces diverse law students from around the country to judges and law clerks.  The program informs and educates the students as to the life-long benefits of a judicial clerkship. The program also encourages judges to consider students of color that they otherwise may not have considered for a judicial clerkship. This three-day program allows the law students to explore legal issues, perform legal research, prepare legal memoranda or briefs and defend their positions to their colleagues and the judges and Pipeline members.  We have found that law students who otherwise might not consider a judicial clerkship and judges, who may not ordinarily recruit clerks from certain schools, modify their views and expectations.  Law students interact with the members of the legal profession in structured and informal settings.  

The JCP is a joint effort of the ABA Council for Diversity in the Educational Pipeline, the ABA Judicial Division  with the generous in-kind support from LexisNexis®

For additional information about the JCP contact Sharon.Tindall@americanbar.org

Participate in the Program

Find out how law schools, judges, and others interested can participate in or support the JCP.

15th Anniversary News Coverage: Judges “serve” as a U.S. Supreme Court justice, students “work” as clerks

Judges and 53 minority law students have come together in Houston for the 15th annual Judicial Clerkship Program. Read about the program and watch the event highlights video below.

History of the Judicial Clerkship Program 

Other ABA Clerkship Collaborations

The ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity Judicial Clerkship program works in collaboration with the other clerkship programs: 

Diversity Clerkship Program, ABA Section of Business Law

Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, ABA Section of Litigation



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