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1L Summer Rotation Clerkship

Applications will be accepted by participating firms starting December 1, 2014 (see below or brochure for contact information).  Application deadline is January 16, 2015 (students are encouraged to submit applications before winter break).


First-year law students now have a unique summer clerkship opportunity that combines a traditional law firm clerkship with experience working at an in-house corporate law department. Twin Cities Diversity in Practice is a collaboration of law firms and corporate law departments seeking to enhance the diversity of the legal profession. Our mission is to attract, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color in the Minneapolis and St. Paul community.

This program connects top legal employers with talented 1L students of color.  Students will have the opportunity to work at one of the nation’s best law firms.  As part of the law firm clerkship, the students will spend one "rotation” (typically 3 to 4 weeks) working in the law department of a major corporation. Not only will the clerk get valuable legal training essential for success at most law firms, the clerk will gain "real world” insights into the fast-paced environment of  corporate law department.

The corporate participants in this program are Fortune 500 global companies headquartered in the Twin Cities: 3M, Boston Scientific, Cargill, Ecolab, General Mills, Land O'Lakes, Target, Thrivent Financial, UnitedHealth Group, US Bank, and Xcel Energy.

It is easy to Apply:

1. Read the Frequently-Asked Questions for further details about the program.

2. E-mail your resume, undergraduate transcript and a cover letter to any or all of the participating law firms list below and on flyer.  In your cover letter, reference the ‘Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Summer Rotation Clerkship’ and explain the following:
    a. Why are you interested in the Twin Cities legal market?   
    b. What do you hope to gain from a summer split between a law firm and corporate legal department?

3. Apply starting December 1, 2014! Firms will begin considering applications as they are received.  Deadline for applying is January 16, 2015Students are encouraged to apply before winter break.

4. Questions? Call (866) 900-8254(866) 900-8254 or any of the contacts below.

Application contacts:

Barnes & Thornburg
Shannon Williams
Director Recruiting & Diversity

Briggs and Morgan, P.A
Christine Kim
Apply online at:

Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Sarah Schueffner
Sr. Recruiting Coordinator
(612) 492-5197
Apply online at:

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Trisha Selden
Legal Talent Manager
(612) 766-8952
Apply online at:

Fredrikson & Byron P.A.
Greta Larson
Manager of Legal Recruiting
(612) 492-7141

Gray Plant Mooty
Angie Roell
Recruiting Coordinator  

Larkin Hoffman Daly& Lindgren, Ltd.
Mariel Piilola
Human Resources Director
(952) 835-3800

Larson • King LLP
Rachel Cobb
Human Resources Administrator
(651) 312-6548

Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP

Gina Sauer
Director of Recruiting & Development
(612) 607-7405

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.
Martha Capper
Recruiting Administrator
(612) 349-0620

Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Kari Jensen Thomas
Director of Recruiting and Diversity
(612) 335-1420

Stoel Rives LLP
Melissa McCammon
Office Administrator   
(612) 373-8815

Check out pictures from the 2014 Welcome Program!
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"This program is a great opportunity for 1Ls to get a chance to see the big picture-both firm life and in-house life. Few other programs offer students such a breadth of opportunity"
- 2010 1L Clerkship        Participant