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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University College Of Law
Department: Juris Doctorate Programs 40001138
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: 70000.00
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Union, Remote-Friendly

Working/Functional Title

Fellow, Indian Law Clinic

Position Summary

The Indian Law Clinic (ILC) Fellow will take the lead in the Tribal Appellate Clerkship Project at the Indian Law Clinic under the supervision of the ILC Director. The ILC Fellow will be responsible for teaching in the clinic seminar with the ILC Director and supervising student practice for tribal appellate courts. The ILC Fellow will be responsible for coordinating with the National American Indian Tribal Court Judges Association as well as tribal courts to ensure work for the clinic students. The ILC Fellow will work with the Clinic Administrator to coordinate travel for tribal site visits for the Fellow and the students. The ILC Fellow will also supervise the work produced by the students to ensure it meets tribal legal standards. The position is funded by grant funding for 18 months, with the opportunity to apply for a renewal of the funding.   


  1. 50% Case Coverage

    1. Under the supervision of the Indian Law Clinic Director, will supervise College of Law students practicing law in tribal appellate court, ensuring the work meets tribal legal standards.
  2. 25%  Teach

    1. Teaches and supervises second- and third-year law students, with the goals of training students to become ethical, effective, and compassionate advocates and of delivering outstanding client representation to tribal appellate court justices.
  3. 20% Travel and Client Coordination

    1. Coordinates with tribal courts and tribal court consortiums to ensure work for clinic students.
    2. Coordinates with the National American Indian Tribal Court Judges Association.
    3. Coordinates travel for tribal site visits for students.
    4. Includes evening, weekend, and overnight travel.
  4. 5%  Collaborates with clinic faculty on classroom teaching and curriculum development.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Law

Minimum Requirements


  • Juris Doctor from an ABA accredited law school  
  • One to three years experience working in tribal courts, tribal communities, federal Indian law or related area
  • Michigan Bar and/or tribal bar admission
  • Strong interest in clinical teaching, with a commitment to inclusive teaching methods designed to effectively engage a diverse student population
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Required Application Materials

The search committee is committed to respecting and maintaining confidentiality. Application materials must include:

  • Cover Letter
  • Current Resume
  • At least three professional references (not to be contacted without the permission of the applicant)

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Applicants may be asked to submit a professional writing sample when invited for an interview.

If you require reasonable accommodation in completing the application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to Teresa Eldred, College of Law Human Resources Manager at 517.432.6819 or


Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


Department Statement

Michigan State University College of Law is a diverse and inclusive learning community with roots dating to 1891 when it opened as Detroit College of Law in Detroit, Michigan. It moved to its current East Lansing location in 1995 and remained a private institution until 2020 when it became a fully integrated college of Michigan State University. 

Today, MSU Law has more than 700 students, 55 faculty members, 50 staff members, five librarians, and a world-wide network of some 11,500 alumni. MSU Law operates seven legal clinics overseen by nationally recognized faculty that provide students an opportunity to work on actual legal cases. Additionally, it offers some of nation’s leading law programs in new and emerging legal education, including Intellectual Property and Trial Advocacy, Indigenous Law and Policy Center, the Lori E. Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children, Conservation Law Center, and Animal Legal and Historical Web Center.

MSU College of Law, operating under the principles of its DEI Strategic Plan, is poised to become the state’s preeminent law school, preparing a diverse community of lawyer-leaders to serve diverse communities in Michigan and beyond. It is committed to providing a legal education that is taught by leading scholars in their fields, includes best-in-class experiential opportunities, and helps students graduate without excessive debt.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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