Shumaker & Sieffert seeks 1L students with a science or engineering undergraduate degree who are interested in patent prosecution for a 1L Clerkship through the Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Clerkship program.  We are excited to offer one 1L student a 10-week paid summer associate position in our Woodbury, MN office for the summer of 2021, with two weeks working at our corporate partner Ecolab.  Please submit a cover letter, resume, undergraduate transcripts, law school transcripts, (and graduate school transcripts if applicable), and writing sample to  We encourage submissions as soon as possible.  (The position may be partly or entirely remote, depending on health guidance at the time.)  


TCDIP’s 1L Clerkship program was created to promote the Twin Cities legal community to 1L students of color from Minnesota and across the country. Highly qualified law students from racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession are encouraged to apply.

Programming and benefits for TCDIP 1L Clerks include the following:

  • Exposure to Leadership: Throughout the summer, TCDIP Clerks have multiple opportunities to engage with senior leadership from across TCDIP. Our Board of Directors, Emerging Leaders Group, and Members all devote time to getting to know Clerks and sharing more about the Twin Cities legal community.
  • Professional Development: Clerks participate in professional development programs focused on developing authentic relationship-building skills.
  • Meaningful Mentorship: Each Clerk is paired with an attorney outside the 1L Clerk’s employer in order to help them expand their networks and learn more about our legal community.
  • Connections to Alumni: At the beginning of the summer, Clerks connect with program alumni who share their tips and tricks for building a successful summer experience.

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