The University of Michigan Law School- Clinical Teaching Fellow- Veterans Legal Clinic (VLC)

30 Mar 2021 12:22 PM | Kathryn Pierce Banks (Administrator)

THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW Clinical Fellows Program seeks applicants for a fellowship in its Veterans Legal Clinic (VLC). This is a two-year appointment with the possibility of extension for a third year.

The Clinical Fellows Program is designed to allow attorneys to explore the possibility of a career in clinical teaching and fully support them in that endeavor. Michigan Clinical Fellows gain valuable experience and mentoring in clinical pedagogy and in their substantive area of practice. Their duties include clinical teaching and student supervision in conjunction with a clinic director, and participation in the operation and development of the clinic in which they teach. Support is provided for personal and professional development and scholarship.

The VLC is a general civil litigation clinic that represents veterans and their immediate families in a broad array of civil legal matters. These matters include, but are not limited to, landlord-tenant cases, fraud actions, disability rights claims, family law matters, personal injury cases, contract disputes, employment discrimination claims, and military discharge upgrades. As with all Michigan Law clinics, VLC students take first-chair responsibility for VLC cases under the supervision of the VLC fellow and the VLC director.

What You'll Do

The successful candidate will teach and supervise law students, help administer the VLC, and participate in the University of Michigan Law School’s clinical community.

Who We Are

Founded in 1859, Michigan Law School is one of the world’s leading institutions of legal education and enjoys a reputation for academic excellence characterized by a powerful commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Michigan is consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, and enjoys international renown for its intellectual rigor, stunning physical surroundings, preeminent faculty scholarship, and a community noted for collegiality and warmth. Michigan Law has an exceptional and cooperative community of talented and interesting students, with 1000 in the J.D. and 40 in the LL.M. program. Our commitments to collegiality, to constructive and challenging debate, and to enabling our students to pursue a wide range of options explain why the Law School has long been committed to diversity along many dimensions. Our graduates serve with distinction in the private, public, non-profit, and academic sectors, in large numbers in every major market in the nation, as well as internationally. The University of Michigan is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is considered among the best places in the United States to live and work.

At Michigan Law, we view our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as central to our mission as an educational institution and we seek to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment. We believe that diversity is key to individual flourishing, educational excellence, and the advancement of knowledge and we maintain a deep commitment to fostering a diverse community in which all students, staff, and faculty learn and work in an atmosphere of inclusion and respect.

Required Qualifications

The successful applicant will have a minimum of 3 years of experience in civil litigation, a strong interest in clinical teaching, a demonstrated commitment to public interest lawyering, and the potential for scholarship and success as a clinical teacher.  Experience with the veterans community and/or veterans issues is a plus but not a requirement. Candidates must hold a J.D. degree and be eligible for licensure in Michigan. 

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Additional Information

Questions may be directed to Associate Dean Debra Chopp at or 734-763-1948. We will begin reviewing applications in April 2021, but will accept applications until the position is filled.  The fellowship begins during the summer of 2021.

Michigan’s Clinical Fellows salaries and benefits are very competitive.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.



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