2017 Indigenous Law & Policy Center Fellowship Announcement

The Indigenous Law & Policy Center welcomes applications for the 2017–2018 Fellow position.

Position Summary

The ILPC Fellowship is a flexible position that offers one new law grad each year the chance to work in a setting that is both academic and clinical in nature. Depending on the particular interests of the Fellow, there may be more time spent developing academic articles, researching and writing briefs, interacting with students and legal professionals, or attending conferences centered on Indian law.

Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties and responsibilities are an approximate list of the duties and responsibilities of past Fellows. The Fellow chosen will have the opportunity to spend more time in areas that interest them, but may have to complete additional duties as required by the ILPC.

  1. Maintain a weekly study skills and community-building meeting with 1L students interested in the Indigenous Law & Policy Certificate.
  2. Co-teach the Indian Law Clinic class and the NNALSA Moot Court class.
  3. Act in a staff attorney capacity, researching and writing on problems of federal Indian law as they arise, especially in the ICWA Appellate Project of the Indian Law Clinic.
  4. Assist with the preparation of party and amicus briefs handled by the ILPC.
  5. Publish or work towards publishing a scholarly article, white paper, or working paper based on independent research.
  6. Help with the organization and facilitation of the annual ILPC conference.


  1. Recent graduate of an ABA accredited law school.
  2. Taken a course or have experience in Federal Indian Law.
  3. Commitment and availability to hold the Fellow position from July 2017–June 2018, as well as a willingness to travel occasionally to conferences.
  4. Bar passage is not required, but Fellows are encouraged to take the bar exam.


$42,099, plus Michigan State University College of Law full time staff benefits.

Application Requirements

Please submit a cover letter outlining your interest and personal goals, a current resume and writing sample, and two references to Sarah Donnelly at donnel93@law.msu.edu via PDF attachment by April 15, 2017.

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