Wolverine Bar’s 1L Summer Clerkship Program

The Wolverine Bar’s 1L Summer Clerkship Program strives to increase the number of minority attorneys employed in well-respected positions, such as partners, associates, in-house counsel, and judicial clerks in Southeastern Michigan. The Summer Clerkship Program places first-year, minority law students in clerkship positions within law firms and corporations that will provide opportunities to establish a network of contacts, develop practice skills, and acquire other benefits. The Wolverine Bar 1L Summer Clerkship Program Guide can be accessed at the link at the bottom of this page.


The summer associate will spend ten weeks, beginning in late May, at Taft and will be working in a challenging, professional environment which will allow the summer associate to gain the skills to launch a successful legal career. To be eligible to participate in the SCP program, applicants must:

  1. Be a minority law student.
  2. Be in good standing at his or her law school.
  3. Demonstrate strong research, writing and analytical abilities.
  4. Have ties to Southeastern Michigan and a desire to practice in metropolitan Detroit after completing law school.
  5. Have completed a legal writing course before the clerkship begins.
  6. By the time the clerkship starts, have completed no more than 30 credit hours toward graduation.
  7. Expect to graduate no later than May 2025.

Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship

In conjunction with the Wolverine Bar’s 1L Summer Clerkship 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

If you wish to be considered for the 2023 Summer Clerkship and/or Judicial Externship Programs you must submit the following materials no later than noon (Eastern Standard Time) on Friday, February 17, 2023:

  • Submit completed electronic application form(s) here.
  • Following completion of the online application submit the following as a single PDF by clicking the link on this page.
    • A short cover letter explaining your (i) career goals and how you believe participating in the Program will further those goals; (ii) commitment to practicing law in Michigan and connection to the Southeastern Michigan, and (iii) commitment to service through the WBA. Please note that an applicant may be required to further substantiate his or her ties to Southeastern Michigan during the application and interview processes.
    • A current resume.
    • An official or unofficial copy of your law school transcript. If an unofficial transcript is not available by the application deadline, you must provide a letter from each professor, on the school’s letterhead, reflecting your performance in each course. Applicants who are selected to interview with the Program’s Committee must bring a copy of his or her transcript to the interview.
    • A writing sample not exceeding five (5) pages in length, double-spaced, in the form of a legal memorandum or brief showing the applicant’s ability to identify and analyze legal issues. The writing sample may be an excerpt from a larger project, if clearly identified as such. The writing sample should demonstrate your legal analytical skills. The writing sample should not contain any comments or markings from your professor/instructor.
    • Two letters of recommendation from current or former employers, professors, or someone familiar with your work ethic, character, and judgment.
    • One-page statement explaining how you would contribute to the goal of creating a more diverse legal community in Southeastern Michigan.


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


Cara Newby
Manager of Legal Recruiting & Diversity