Judicial Clerkship Program for PLSI Alumni/ae

Pre-Law Summer Institute for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Join us October 18, 2022, 12-1:30pm MT to hear from a panel of Native American federal judges!

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Law students are increasingly interested in clerking for tribal, state, and federal courts. Given this interest, the American Indian Law Center, Inc. Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI) Judicial Clerkship Committee is excited to invite you to this panel where you’ll learn about the benefits and responsibilities of judicial clerkships.

Speaker details below.

The NEW Tribal Court Guide to Judicial Clerkships is here! The topics in this Guide reflect the results of a survey of tribal court judges and staff across the county by the PLSI Judicial Clerkship Committee and National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA). 

Learn about the benefits and responsibilities of judicial clerkships

from Native federal court judges

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Handbook for Students

All you need to know about how to apply and get a clerkship, including in tribal court

The American Indian Law Center, Inc., is proud to participate in the American Bar Association’s Judicial Clerkship Program (JCP) sponsored by the ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline and the ABA Judicial Division. Data shows that there is a correlation between clerking for a judge and later becoming a member of the judiciary. Currently, there is only one Native American serving as a federal judge and fewer than two dozen Native state judges. We hope to increase those numbers.

After an ABA study found that there were relatively few minority clerks, it established the JCP to encourage a more diverse group of attorneys to apply for judicial clerkships. The program is a joint effort of the ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline and the ABA Judicial Division.

All PLSI alumni/ae who are first or second year law students are eligible to apply, and notifications of the requirements and deadlines are sent directly to those students by e-mail. If you are a PLSI alum and interested in participating, please be sure the PLSI staff has your current e-mail address!