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In addition to submitting your cover letter and resume to this job posting, please send your law school transcript and a writing sample on a health law-related topic (not to exceed ten pages; may be an excerpt from a longer document) to

Job Summary

The Office of the Vice President and General Counsel (OGC) represents and advises the entire University of Michigan community, including the Board of Regents, the President, the Executive Officers, Michigan Medicine (the University of Michigan’s academic medical center), and the schools and colleges on all three campuses. 

OGC is in the service business. We help our clients fulfill their educational, research, and entrepreneurial missions in accord with the myriad legal and policy requirements applicable to public research universities. We are subject matter experts and problem solvers committed to helping our clients achieve their goals in a creative, practical, and timely manner. 

This full-time, one-year, (commencing fall 2018) term-limited Health Law Fellowship will provide an exceptional foundation for a health law career and is intended for a recent law school graduate who is committed to and demonstrates a prior interest in health law.  The Fellow will work on the Michigan Medicine campus and report to the Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel.  The Fellow will be supervised by and work closely with the Deputy General Counsel and the eight other health care attorneys who support Michigan Medicine.  The scope of work may include litigation, regulatory, governance, and transactional matters.  This position is not a pathway to permanent employment in OGC. 


The Fellow will be exposed to the wide variety of legal work necessary to support the three missions of an academic medical center (education, research, and patient care) and will have the opportunity to work with diverse operational units.  The Fellow’s duties may include performing research and analysis on federal and state law; drafting memoranda, agreements, briefs, presentations, and policies; supporting litigation-related matters; participating in due diligence and providing transactional support; assisting with emergent patient care-related issues that arise daily; and providing excellent service on all other duties as assigned.  The 2018-2019 Fellow may appear in court on routine motions, prepare clinicians for meeting with attorneys or providing deposition testimony, and represent UM in administrative proceedings.  There may also be opportunities for public speaking and publishing.  In performing their duties, the Fellow will interact with a variety of clients including Michigan Medicine leadership, administrators, health care professionals, and the entire 40-person office of the Vice President and General Counsel.     

Required Qualifications*

A qualified Fellow candidate must be a recent graduate of an ABA accredited law school with a J.D. degree, admission to (or eligibility for admission to) the Michigan bar, and excellent academic credentials. The Fellow must have impeccable oral and written communication skills and an aptitude for legal research, analysis, and reasoning.  The Fellow must have excellent judgment and discretion and must be a team player who treats clients and colleagues with respect and decency.

Desired Qualifications*

Prior work experience in health law, healthcare, or regulatory work is highly preferred.  

Background Screening

The University of Michigan Health System conducts background screening on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third-party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Michigan is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and believes that diversity, broadly defined, is integral to institutional excellence.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

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