Turtle Talk regularly posts Indian law job announcements. They can be found by searching for “jobs” in the search bar. A list of postings that include “jobs” as a category or tag is available here and here.
Job announcements for law students are also commonly posted with the category or tag “jobs,” and are included in the lists in the above links. Occasionally, we post summer clerkships using the category or tag of “clerkship” or “internship” instead of “jobs.” These postings can be found here and here. In addition, the National Native American Law Students Association (NNALSA) posts job announcements for students here.
Most tribes post job openings on their own tribal websites. A sampling of tribal attorney postings on tribal government websites using the “nsn.gov” domain can be found here. To perform a narrower search for tribal attorney positions, applicants should review the human resources websites of tribal governments in their targeted region.
The National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) also posts employment opportunities. These job postings are available here. Applicants should also search the local listings posted by regional Native American Bar Associations. A list of several of these regional bar associations is below.
- Arizona Native American Bar Association
- California Indian Law Association
- Colorado Indian Bar Association
- Canada Indigenous Bar Association
- Native American Bar Association of D.C
- Minnesota American Indian Bar Association
- Native American Bar Association of the District of Columbia
- Native Hawaiian Bar Association
- Navajo National Bar Association
- Northwest Indian Bar Association
- Oklahoma Indian Bar Association
- South Dakota Indian Country Bar Association
In addition, many state bars have Indian law sections, so applicants should also search for job announcements on the websites and newsletters of these sections:
- Indian Law Section of the Arizona State Bar
- Indian Law Section of the Idaho State Bar
- American Indian Law Section of the Michigan State Bar
- Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Montana
- Indian Law Section of the New Mexico State Bar
- Indian Law Section of the Oregon State Bar
- American Indian Law Section of the Texas Bar
- Indian Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association
- Indian Law Section of Wisconsin State Bar
NCAI posts a diverse array of job announcements, including some positions for attorneys. Open positions displayed on the NCAI website can be viewed here.
NARF posts a valuable list of online resources for finding attorneys, law firms, legal aid providers, and law school clinics here. Applicants conducting a job search can access these resources to identify potential employers and network contacts.
Attorney positions in Indian law can also be found on other online job boards, such as SimplyHired.com and Indeed.com. Sample results from a search for “tribal attorney” job announcements posted on these boards are available here and here.
Finally, a guide to tribal court clerkships prepared by Massey Mayo Case and Jill E. Tompkins is available here. Contact tribal courts directly to inquire about clerkship opportunities. For an example of tribal court job announcements, see the Navajo Nation Tribal Court human resources site here and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Court law clerk announcement here. In addition, Turtle Talk periodically posts tribal court clerkship opportunities.