TCDIP 1L Rotation Clerkship: Information for Students

Important dates for students

November 18, 2019: Applications open for law students to apply for 1L Rotation Clerkship positions. Many applications are accepted on a rolling basis: please read the instructions for each application carefully. Students are encouraged to apply early!

Spring 2020: Clerks are notified of placements.

See our FAQ for students below or download our student flyer!

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Who is eligible for the 1L Rotation Clerkship?
This program was created to promote the Twin Cities legal community to 1L students of color from and outside of Minnesota. Students from racial and ethnic groups historically under-represented in the legal profession are encouraged to apply.

What is the summer schedule for TCDIP 1L Clerks?Employers work together to customize a schedule that works best for their organizations and clerks. The goal is for TCDIP 1L Clerks to gain insights about working within a law firm and corporate legal department setting. Most TCDIP 1L Clerks work some portion of the summer in each setting, while other employers may have their clerks based primarily out of the law firm, with regular opportunities to visit and engage with the corporate employers. The TCDIP 1L Clerkship usually lasts for 10-12 weeks.

What will you do as a TCDIP 1L Clerk?
TCDIP asks employers to provide meaningful work assignments designed to build legal skills and educate clerks on the roles and responsibilities of attorneys working within a law firm and in-house legal department setting. Law firm and corporate employers will make sure you have a designated supervisor within each work setting. Supervisors and others will provide timely feedback and evaluation of clerks.

What programming does TCDIP provide for TCDIP 1L Clerks?
Clerks are invited to attend several TCDIP events over the course of the summer, including a kick-off welcome reception, professional development workshop and a networking brunch with our Emerging Leaders Group. In addition, TCDIP 1L Clerks will be paired with an attorney mentor from a Member organization different from their employer so that you may learn more about the Twin Cities legal community. TCDIP’s Executive Director, Summra M. Shariff, also serves as a resource for clerks and employers over the course of the summer.

Available Clerkship Positions


Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.
Corporate Pairings: OneBeacon Insurance, Target 


Recruiting Contact: Samantha Tschida, Human Resources

These positions are no longer accepting applications, thank you.

Special Instructions: please also include your undergraduate transcript, and a writing sample or a letter of recommendation.


  Ballard Spahr LLP
Corporate Pairing: Wells Fargo 


Recruiting Contact: Jenny Naegele, Operations & Recruiting Coordinator

This position has been filled, thank you.

  Barnes and Thornburg
Corporate Pairing: 3M 


Recruiting Contact: Sarah Evenson, Director of Law School Programs

Please apply at this link

Bassford Remele
Corporate Pairing: Travelers Insurance 
Recruiting Contacts: Janine Loetscher, Shareholder and Jeff Mulder, Shareholder


This position has been filled, thank you.

  Taft (formerly Briggs and Morgan)
Corporate Pairing: Xcel Energy 
Recruiting Contacts: Angie Roell and Lisa Watson

This position has been filled, thank you.

Special Instructions:Effective January 1, 2020, Briggs and Morgan will merge with Taft Stettinius & Hollister.  Qualified 1L candidates will also be considered for the Taft Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Program.  More detailed information about this program and the application process can be found at their website.

  Carlson Caspers
Corporate Pairing: Abbott 
Recruiting Contact: Renee Iwen, Office Manager

This position has been filled, thank you.


Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Corporate Pairings: Thrivent, US Bank, UnitedHealth Group 


Recruiting Contact: Kirsten Otto, Recruiting Coordinator

These positions have been filled, thank you.

  Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Corporate Pairings: 3M, Boston Scientific, Cargill, Target, Wells Fargo
Recruiting Contact: Lisanne Weisz 


Apply at: this link. An overview of Faegre’s summer associate program is available here.

  Fox Rothschild LLP
Corporate Pairing: Ecolab 


Recruiting Contacts: Natalie Quinn, Director of Associate Recruitment, and Katie Ivory, Professional Recruitment Coordinator

Special instructions: See Fox Rothschild’s flyer and apply at this link


Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Corporate Pairing: General Mills


Recruiting Contact: Nancy Howard, Director of Recruiting, Inclusion & Diversity

This position has been filled, thank you.

  Gray Plant Mooty
Corporate Pairing: CHS


Recruiting Contact: Allison Bristow

Please send materials to

Gray Plant Mooty’s Minneapolis office will hire one 1L law student through the Twin Cities Diversity in Practice’s 1L Summer Rotation Clerkship. To be qualified, a candidate needs to be a member of a racial minority group historically underrepresented in the legal profession, have a strong academic record, superior work ethic, and the ability to work well in a team setting. This 10-week program provides a 1L student with an opportunity to work at a law firm and spend one “rotation” (typically 2-4 weeks) working in the law department of CHS. The summer associate in this program will participate fully in our Summer Associate Program while at our firm. Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and undergraduate transcript.

Please note that on January 1, 2020, Gray Plant Mooty and Lathrop Gage will combine to become Lathrop GPM.

  Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Corporate Pairing: Wells Fargo


Recruiting Contact: Jessica Gerhardson, Business Director

This position has been filled, thank you.

Greene Espel
Corporate Pairing: Cargill 


Recruiting Contact: Laura Broomell, Chief Operating Officer
Apply to:

Special Instructions: Please include a cover letter, resume, (unofficial) undergraduate transcript, and writing sample. In addition, please submit your (unofficial) law school transcript as soon as it becomes available. To learn more about Greene Espel, please visit our website.

  Jones Day
Corporate Pairing: Wells Fargo


Recruiting Contact: Zeb Ashton, Recruiting Coordinator

Special Instructions: Students may submit their application through the “Minneapolis Office – 1L Summer Associates” listing on the Jones Day careers website. Please include a cover letter, resume, undergraduate transcript, and writing sample of reasonable length. Applicants will be expected to submit a copy of their law school transcript once it becomes available. Jones Day intends to abide by your law school’s set guidelines regarding the recruitment of 1L students. This application is only for the Minneapolis Office of Jones Day.

  Larson King, LLP
Corporate Pairing: 3M


Recruiting Contact: Caryn Boisen, Partner

This position has been filled, thank you.

Special Instructions: Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample.

Lockridge Grindal Nauen
Corporate Pairing: Metropolitan Council 


Recruiting contact: Samantha Girard, Summer Program Associate Coordinator

This position has been filled, thank you.

  Maslon LLP
Corporate Pairing: Medtronic 


Recruiting Contact: Astrid Eglitis, Director of Recruiting and Professional Development

This position has been filled, thank you.

  Meagher & Geer
Corporate Pairing: Allianz Life 


Recruiting contact: Debra Weiss, Partner

This position is no longer accepting applications, thank you.

Nichols Kaster, PLLP
As a plaintiff’s firm, Nichols Kaster does not have a corporate pairing.
Recruiting Contact: Tom Morin

This position has been filled, thank you.

  Robins Kaplan
Corporate Pairings: Best Buy, Medtronic, UnitedHealth Group
Recruiting Contact: Martha Capper, Recruiting Administrator


This position has been filled, thank you.

  Stinson LLP
Corporate Pairing: US Bank 


Recruiting Contact: Leigha Jensen, Attorney Recruiting Specialist

This position has been filled, thank you.

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
Corporate Pairing: Wells Fargo
Recruiting contact: Patty Sachs

This position has been filled, thank you.

  Zelle LLP
Corporate Pairing: OneBeacon Insurance Group
Recruiting contact: Liz Kniffen
Apply to:


Special Instructions: Application materials should include a cover letter, resume, undergraduate transcript, and writing sample. A law school transcript should be submitted as soon as it becomes available.