The College of Law Indigenous Law & Policy Center Legal Counselor offers one law graduate each year the chance to teach and work in a setting that is both academic and clinical in nature. Depending on the particular interests of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center Legal Counselor, 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 holders of this position. The candidate 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 Indigenous Law & Policy Center.
Co-teach the Indian Law Clinic class and the National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court class.
Maintain a weekly study skills and community-building meeting with first year law students interested in the Indigenous Law & Policy Certificate.
Act in a legal counselor capacity, researching and writing on problems of federal Indian law as they arise, especially in the Indian Child Welfare Act Appellate Project of the Indian Law Clinic.
Assist with the preparation of party and amicus briefs handled by the Indigenous Law & Policy Center.
Publish or work towards publishing a scholarly article, white paper, or working paper based on independent research.
Help with the organization and facilitation of the annual Indigenous Law & Policy Center conference.
Assist with recruitment efforts for prospective Indigenous Law & Policy Center law students.
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.
Recent graduate of an ABA accredited law school.
Successfully completed a course or has experience in Federal Indian Law.
Commitment and availability to hold the position for a period of at least one year, as well as a willingness to travel occasionally to conferences.
Prior bar passage is not required, but candidates are encouraged to take the bar exam.
Knowledge of the legal profession
Ability to work with a diverse group of people
Excellent communication skills
Experience working with computer applications including legal databases
Required Application Materials
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume. Please include with your resume a list of at least three professional references.
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