Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Clerkship Program

For over a decade, the Twin Cities Diversity in Practice (TCDIP) 1L Clerkship Program has helped launch the careers of law students of color in the Twin Cities by strengthening the legal talent pipeline with strategic partnerships between TCDIP members from law firms and corporate legal departments. Taft Minneapolis was a founding member of TCDIP, and has participated in the clerkship program since its beginning.


Taft is seeking 1L applicants for the Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Summer Rotation Clerkship Program. The purpose of the clerkship is to connect Diversity in Practice’s “first-class corporate and law firm members with talented 1L students of color.” Eligible applicants will have completed their first year of law school before the summer program begins, in May of each year.

The summer associate will be employed by Taft for ten weeks beginning in late May.  In addition to receiving projects from Taft lawyers, the participant will also work at the in-house corporate legal department of Xcel Energy, the Firm’s Diversity in Practice corporate partner. 

Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship

In conjunction with the Diversity in Practice Program, Taft is pleased to offer our Taft Fellowship for qualifying law school students. Assuming satisfactory performance during the 1L summer, fellows have the option to return as a second-year summer associate. Students selected for the fellowship, and who accept an offer to return to Taft as a second-year summer associate, will be awarded a one-time signing bonus of $10,000, paid to the student, upon acceptance of the offer. 

Application Process

Please submit a resume, cover letter, undergraduate transcript, writing sample, and law school transcript (if available) via email to Mackenzie Sauceman (

Your cover letter must reference the “Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Summer Rotation Clerkship” and explain the following:

  1. Why are you interested in the Twin Cities legal market?
  2. What do you hope to gain from a summer split between a law firm and corporate legal department?
  3. How will you contribute to inclusion and diversity efforts in the Twin Cities legal community?

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so there is an advantage to applying early and updating us as your grades become available.


If you have any questions or need further information, please contact:


Mackenzie Sauceman
Manager of Legal Recruiting & Professional Development