Internships

Sidley Fellowship

Applications for the Summer 2022 Terrance A. Sidley and John D.B. Lewis Fellowships are now being accepted.  The application deadline is March 5, 2022.

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 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.

Both the Terrance A. Sidley and John D.B. Lewis Fellowships are competitive fellowships awarded each year to a law student who shows particular promise for a career in federal Indian law and international indigenous human rights issues.  Both offer 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, 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 only for the Fellowships or if you would also consider 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, your application must be received by March 11, 2022; decisions will be made by April 1, 2022.


Legal Internships

The Center considers applicants for unpaid legal internships/clerkships. Applicants for these competitive 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 is accepting applications for summer 2022 legal internships. 

To apply for a legal internship, 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.