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.
The University of Michigan Law Clinical Fellows Program seeks applicants for a fellowship in its Zell Entrepreneurship Clinic (ZEC). This is a two-year appointment with the possibility of extension for a third year.
The Clinical Fellows Program is designed to fully support attorneys wishing to explore the possibility of a career in clinical teaching. 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 Clinical Fellows have enjoyed success on the national job market and are teaching in clinics at law schools across the country.
Under the supervision of clinical faculty, students in the ZEC represent startups led by University of Michigan (UM) students and recent UM alumni. Typical matters include business entity formation, intellectual property, contract drafting, employment law, and other common early-stage legal issues.
The successful candidate will teach in the biweekly seminar along with two other ZEC professors, supervise law students, advise clients, and collaborate with other schools and colleges at UM and other organizations assisting startups.
Michigan’s Clinical Fellows salaries and benefits are very competitive. The fellowship begins in the summer of 2023.
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.
The successful applicant will have a minimum of three years of experience representing startup companies in at least one of ZEC’s core areas of practice, a strong interest in clinical teaching, a demonstrated commitment to entrepreneurship and to engage in public interest lawyering through transactional work, and a potential for scholarship and success as a clinical teacher. Candidates must hold a J.D. degree and be eligible for licensure in Michigan.
At the University of Michigan, our dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. U-M is committed to recruiting, selecting, and retaining a diverse and highly engaged staff community.
Questions may be directed to Associate Dean Debra Chopp at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-763-1948.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. Application review will begin on March 31, 2023, and will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.