Immigration Law Clinic Attorney Position
Michigan State University College of Law invites applications for two one-year attorney positions in its Immigration Law Clinic. These positions will be funded under a federal contract and renewal may be possible contingent on future funding. Applications are accepted immediately and positions will remain open until filled.
The Immigration Law Clinic provides opportunities for students to learn the practice of law in a well-supervised and academically rigorous program. The direct representation of clients is the core of the students’ experience in the clinic, and the clinic seeks to maintain a diverse and challenging docket. Though a core of immigration law content is always present, the clinic selects cases with attention to pedagogical concerns, community need, and impact to provide students with opportunities to engage as attorneys in a variety of matters. In its first three years, the Immigration Law Clinic has represented clients from 56 different countries. The docket of the Immigration Law Clinic includes removal defense for unaccompanied minors, applications for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U-visas, VAWA, asylum, naturalization and appellate matters before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Through this varied casework, students build not only knowledge and skills, but also the exercise of judgment, the formation of professional identity and the development of a critical and reflective perspective on legal systems.
In coordination with Immigration Law Clinic faculty, the attorneys will focus on the unaccompanied minor aspect of our docket at all stages, from legal screening to Know Your Rights presentations to representation before the Immigration Court and USCIS. The attorney will receive an annual salary of $40,000.00, together with generous benefits.
Applicants must have a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school and membership in a state bar. Preference will be given to applicants with practice experience representing noncitizens, strong academic records and writing ability, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest law. Strong preference also will be given to candidates who are fluent in Spanish. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
To apply, please submit a law school transcript, curriculum vitae and cover letter explaining your interest in the position to:
Associate Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Immigration Law Clinic
Michigan State University College of Law
610 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
For more information about the Immigration Law Clinic, prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the Clinic’s website at
Michigan State University College of Law is committed to the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students, and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and those whose background, experience, and perspective would contribute to diversity.