Internships

Sidley Fellowship

Applications for the Summer 2021 Sidley Fellowship are now being accepted.  The application deadline is March 5, 2021.

The Indian Law Resource Center is a non-profit legal advocacy organization that provides legal advice, assistance, and representation to Indian tribes and indigenous communities throughout the Americas.  We are also committed to developing new attorneys in the fields of Indian law and international human rights law. 

This year, we offer the Sidley Fellowship in our Helena, Montana office.  This fellowship opportunity requires a minimum eight week commitment and entails legal research and writing on major Indian rights issues related to current projects of the Indian Law Resource Center.

The Terrance A. Sidley Fellowship is a competitive fellowship awarded each year to a law student who shows particular promise for a career in federal Indian law and international indigenous human rights issues.  The Sidley Fellowship offers a stipend of $3,000 for the term of the Fellowship.  Applicants are welcome to supplement this stipend with additional financial support through their law school's public interest programs or through other public interest scholarships. 

To apply for the Sidley Fellowship, please email the following application materials to Melanie Dayton at mt@indianlaw.org:

  • Cover letter specifying the office in which you would prefer to work and whether you wish to be considered for the Sidley Fellowship or an unpaid clerkship position;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript;
  • Legal writing sample; and
  • Two letters of recommendation (preferably one from a current or former employer and one from a law school professor).

Please combine the application materials into one PDF attachment or note why you are unable to do so.  To be considered for the Sidley Fellowship your application must be received by March 5, 2021; decisions regarding the Fellowship will be made by March 26, 2021.


Legal Internships

The Center considers applicants for unpaid legal internships/clerkships. Applicants for these competetive clerkships are encouraged to seek their own financial support through their law school's public interest programs or through other public interest scholarships. Currently, the Center's Montana office is accepting applications for summer 2021 legal internships. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center's Washington, D.C. office is not considering applicants at this time. 

To apply for a legal internship in the Montana office, please email the following application materials to Melanie Dayton at mt@indianlaw.org:

  • Cover letter specifying the office in which you would prefer to work and whether you wish to be considered for the Sidley Fellowship or an unpaid clerkship position;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript;
  • Legal writing sample; and
  • Two letters of recommendation (preferably one from a current or former employer and one from a law school professor).

Please combine the application materials into one PDF attachment or explain why it is not possible to do so. Applications are being considered on a rolling basis.