University of Michigan - Clinical Fellow - Workers' Rights Clinic

11 Jun 2021 3:01 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW Clinical Fellows Program seeks applicants for a teaching fellowship in its Workers’ Rights Clinic. The WRC is an innovative live-client clinic that provides first-, second-, and third-year law students with live-client learning experiences. It is one of the only legal clinics in the country providing advocacy opportunities to first-year students. WRC students take first-chair responsibility for representing Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants at every stage of the administrative appeal process, including administrative trials and commission appeals. 2L and 3L students may also handle appeals to the state circuit courts and Michigan Court of Appeals. The WRC teaching fellow will teach and supervise in the clinic and represent clients. This is a 2-year appointment.

The Clinical Fellows Program is designed to allow attorneys to explore and prepare for 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.

Michigan's Clinical Fellows salaries and benefits are very competitive. This fellowship begins in summer 2021.

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. Click here for a link to this posting on the University of Michigan Careers site. 

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 JD and 40 in the LLM 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.

Required Qualifications*

The successful applicant will have a minimum of 3 years of relevant advocacy experience, including experience in Unemployment Insurance law, a strong interest in clinical teaching, a demonstrated commitment to public interest lawyering, and potential for scholarship and success as a clinical teacher. Candidates must hold a J.D. degree and be eligible for licensure in Michigan.  

Contact Information

Questions can be directed to Associate Dean Debra Chopp at or 734-763-1948

Application Deadline

The review and selection process may begin as early as the June 10, 2021, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


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