The Bay Area Minority Summer Clerkship Program (the Program) is sponsored by the Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA), Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA), and the Contra Costa Bar Association (CCCBA) to provide first year minority law students experience in law firms that they might not otherwise be able to access. This program is not a recruiting program, and employers and students have no expectation of further offers of employment. The program's most important objective is to increase the number of minority attorneys in the hiring pipeline, giving them a better opportunity in subsequent years to be competitive for second year clerkships and post law school employment. The SCCBA has provided ongoing administrative support for BAMSCP for over 20 years.
BAMSCP selects students for its program through an application process, which is based on writing skills and an interview. The interview is administered by a committee made up of Silicon Valley practicing private and public attorneys, as well as judges who select the best and brightest students. BAMSCP then matches students with employers based on their practice area interest. Participating employers then screen students to ensure a good fit. Placements are based on the mutual preferences of both employers and students.
This annual award recognizes a new attorney who has contributed to the legal profession through both professional and community endeavors. Read more or submit a nomination.
In 1994, the SCCBA established the Barristers’ Leadership Program, which is a yearly, ongoing program. The program is designed to prepare new attorneys to assume leadership roles in the SCCBA; serve as a pipeline for diversity within the SCCBA leadership by encouraging and soliciting minority participants in the program and to provide an opportunity for new and young attorneys to strengthen their leadership skills to enhance their law practices and participation in the community. Since its implementation over 20 years ago, over 200 new lawyers have completed the program, many of whom have served the SCCBA in important leadership positions. As an example, six have served as presidents or other elected officers of the SCCBA. Watch for the announcement each spring of the application period if you are interested in participating. For more information, contact the Barristers Staff Liaison.
Law Related Education: Annual High School Mock Trial Tournament
This annual program which takes place in January and February of each year needs attorneys to score the performance of the high school teams for each round of the tournament. Contact us for more information.