Minority Writing Program
The Minority Writing Program is a collaborative program among: The Arizona Minority Bar Association and the State Bar of Arizona; Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law.
Purpose of the Program - The program provides an opportunity for talented minority law students to participate in clerkships at private law firms. The Minority Writing Program provides second-year law students with practical clerking experience in private law firms in Pima County, Arizona. This experience both enhances the student’s writing skills and exposes them to the private firm environment.
The Arizona Minority Bar Association chairs this collaborative effort to provide a liaison between the students involved in the clerking program and the firms providing real life assignments.
Program OverviewEligibility - Second-year minority law students at The University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law are eligible to apply for the Minority Writing Program.
Interviews - During the Fall semester each year, private firms that will participate in the program, interview interested students. The firms make offers tot he students and the students are matched with a firm.
Length of Clerkship - After the student clerk is selected, the firm notifies the student of a start date in January. The student will clerk at the firm for 10 hours per week and not more than 20 hours per week for the entire spring semester (12 weeks).
Scholarship - Once the law firm has selected a student and the student accepts the offer, the law firm will designate a $5,000 scholarship in the student’s name at The University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law. The scholarship requires that the student participate in the Minority Writing Program for the entire semester.
Requirements of Program- The student will clerk for the assigned firm for 12 weeks and work on projects assigned by mentor attorneys. These projects will be reviewed and feedback given to the student to improve legal writing skills.
Offers of Employment - Students are aware that there is no job offer attached to this program at the end of the semester. The program is designed to develop better writing skills and to expose the students to private firm clerkships. If a firm is impressed with the student and wants to offer a summer clerking position or other opportunities to the student, that is entirely up to the firm.
Further Interest - If you are interested in learning more about the Minority Writing Program, or have questions, please contact:
Willie Jordan-Curtis, Ph.D., J.D.
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, and Associate Clinical Professor of Law
Dev Sethi, Esq.
Kinerk, Schmidt, & Sethi
1790 E. River Road, #300
Tucson, AZ 85718