1L Diversity Clerkship Program

1L Diversity Clerkship Program



BLG member organizations offer 5 or 10 week clerkships for rising 1Ls.  Selected students who have just completed their 1L year typically spend the summer working with a member law firm & government agency; split by clerking five weeks in the private sector and five weeks in the public sector.  The program now offers the option of a full 10-week law firm or corporate law office clerkship along with an attorney mentor for the duration of the clerkship.  Additionally, the clerks participate in BLG professional and social events designed to immerse the students in life as an attorney in the great city of Boston.





The Boston Lawyers Group announces its 2020 1L Diversity Clerkship Program for first-year law students of color.  BLG member organizations are offering a ten-week split clerkship between a private and public sector organization or a full ten-week private sector clerkship to first year law school students of color from historically underrepresented backgrounds.  The number of clerkships are determined by the number of placements made available at BLG member organizations.  Employers will determine the start dates of their placements, which typically fall in late May or early June.


The interested applicant must:


•  Be a first-year law student at a nationally accredited law school
•  Demonstrate a connection to Boston
•  Must be legally authorized to work in the United States of America



All applications MUST be submitted through the Symplicity application portal in order to qualify as a candidate for the program.

Please click here as of Tuesday, DECEMBER 3, 2020 to register for an account.



For your application submission to be considered complete, you must upload the following THREE documents in ONE PDF file:


  1. Applicant’s resume
  2. A brief statement explaining how the applicant will benefit from participating in the Clerkship, and what role the applicant will play in the BLG’s mission to advance diversity and inclusion within Boston’s legal community
  3. Completed 2020 Employment Option Form


Click here for Symplicity instructions.


PLEASE NOTE:  Our members’ criterion focuses on deserving diverse students and gives preference to students with racial and ethnic backgrounds that have been historically underserved and underrepresented in the legal profession.  Competitive applicants should have strong ties to Boston and an interest in pursuing a career in law.  This criterion is in accordance with our mission to create a pipeline of talent enabling our members to identify, recruit, advance and retain diverse attorneys in Boston’s legal community.


For additional information, please check out the 2020 – 1L Diversity Student Clerkship Timeline.