Information for Students

The primary goal of the Summer Clerkship Program is to provide a challenging and enriching employment experience at participating law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies and nonprofits for first-year diverse law students from area law schools. By providing students with an opportunity to gain this experience in the summer following their first year, the ACBA hopes to contribute to their marketability and competitive advantage for critical second-year summer positions. Through the program, the ACBA also hopes to encourage these students to consider staying in Pittsburgh following graduation, thereby contributing to the overall diversity of Pittsburgh.

Summer Clerkship Program applications are accepted from students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Duquesne University School of Law, West Virginia University College of Law and Penn State Law. Applications are also accepted from students at other schools who have legitimate connections to Pittsburgh.

Any student from a participating school who has completed the first year of law school and who self-identifies as one or more of the following is encouraged to apply to the program:

  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • Middle Eastern or North African
  • LGBT+
  • An individual with a disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Testimonials from Law Students

The SCP was extremely beneficial to my career and personal development. I am most impressed with the mentorship built into the community and how the ACBA serves as a platform for students new to Pittsburgh so they can meet and integrate with the community.

Through the Summer Clerkship Program, I was able to see which areas of law appeal to me (and perhaps more importantly those that do not) as well as grow personally and professionally. Further, because of the program, I was able to find phenomenal mentors who had an immeasurable impact on my summer and future career.