Detroit Mercy Law Student Completes Competitive ABA Diversity Clerkship Program

September 14, 2021

Over the summer, Victoria Robinson ’22 was one of six law students from across the nation selected to participate in the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section (BLS) Diversity Clerkship Program. Robinson completed a clerkship in the chambers of Judge Christopher Yates of the 17th Circuit in Grand Rapids.  

“I want to become a lawyer because I want to live in a civilized society. The rule of law is what separates civilized society from chaos,” Robinson said. “Being a lawyer, to me, means that I can help restore order when laws are broken and help people resolve disputes, and both are necessary for a civilized society.” 

The BLS Diversity Clerkship Program provides business law clerkship placements for diverse second-year law students with the mission of promoting and fostering a welcoming environment for all lawyers. It is primarily focused on providing judicial clerkship placements, where diversity among judicial clerks is disproportionately low. Selection to the program is competitive and the BLS receives hundreds of applications every year.  

“I decided to apply for the judicial clerkship because I wanted to see the practice of law through the eyes of a judge,” explained Robinson. “My judicial clerkship taught me not only how the law is practiced in the courtroom, but I was also able to gain insight into how a judge applies the law.” 

“I choose Detroit Mercy Law because the motto of ‘educating the complete lawyer.’ As a future attorney, I wanted to attend a law school that could prepare me for life after law school. Detroit Mercy Law aligned with what I was looking for because it offers numerous clinics and law firm programs, allowing students to get hands-on lawyering experience,” Robinson said. “Also, the professors are lawyers who have personal knowledge of what it is like to be a practicing attorney; thus, they can teach from personal experience and not just academic knowledge.”