The Animal Law Fellow at the College of Law will research cutting-edge animal law topics and write for publication in law reviews. The Fellow will research/write articles for the College of Law Animal Legal & Historical Web Center. After researching, and with guidance, the Fellow will be a guest lecturer. The Fellow will guide and mentor law students in animal law-related student orgs. In May of 2021, MSU College of Law was named as one of the top colleges to study animal law by CEOWORLD Magazine.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
20% Research cutting-edge issues within the field of animal law.
25% Write and seek publication of at least one article in a flagship law review of an ABA approved law school.
20% Write and edit materials for the Animal Legal & Historical Web Center.
5% Travel to national animal law conferences to represent the Law College.
10% Study techniques of teaching in law school and be a guest lecture in one or more animal law classes.
5% Present animal law topics to relevant student organizations including the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.
15% Develop a capacity to guest teach in additional areas such as environmental law or property law.
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.
We are seeking applicants with a proven capacity for legal scholarship, a passion for teaching, and an exemplary interest in animal issues. Other qualifications include:
Excellent communication skills
Excellent legal research skills
A strong writer who can distill complicated legal issues for a general audience
Ability to work independently as well as part of a small team
Excellent time management and organization skills
Be open to receiving constructive feedback
Hard-working and self-motivated
The ideal applicant will have two years’ activity after obtaining the J.D., either in a clerkship, an animal related activity, or other relevant experience.
Legal publications will be considered, but not required.
Required Application Materials
Qualified applicants should submit:
a cover letter, which includes the reason of interest
a current curriculum vitae or resume
a short biography
a short writing sample
Review of application will begin on June 14, 2021, and will continue until the position has been filled.
MSU Law is a dynamic learning community with around 700 students, 55 faculty members, 50 staff members, and 5 librarians, and 7 legal clinics. We offer nationally ranked programs in Intellectual Property and Trial Advocacy, an acclaimed Indigenous Law and Policy Center, as well as the Animal Legal and Historical Web Center. Faculty members lead the academic dialogue in a wide range of fields, including social justice, innovation, and business and regulatory law.
The Animal Legal and Historical Web Center contains comprehensive information about animal law, including: over 1200 full text cases (US, historical, and UK), over 1400 US statutes, over 60 topics and comprehensive explanations, and legal articles on a variety of animal topics, including an international collection.
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