The American Indian Law Program (“AILP”) at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder seeks applicants for the position of AILP Fellow for a 1 or 2-year term, beginning approximately August 15, 2022 . This full-time position offers the opportunity to work in academic and practice contexts, with AILP faculty, students, and community members, in support of American Indian and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. The position is well-suited for a recent law school graduate with experience in the fields of tribal law, federal Indian law, and international human rights, who is ultimately planning a career in legal practice, policy, or academia. Successful applicants will have top-notch academic credentials in Indigenous Peoples’ law, demonstrated experience in Indigenous communities, as well as leadership and administrative skills.

The Fellow supports the AILP Director and members of the AILP faculty in both legal/academic and institution-building work. Legal/academic work may include research and writing of memoranda, articles, reports, and briefs, along with preparation for and participation in meetings with our constituents. Institution building work will include support for the Native American Law Students Association, conference and event planning, student recruiting, community outreach, grant writing, publicity, and alumni and community relations. The Fellow will receive training in University budget, expense, and reimbursement processes, and have significant responsibilities in this regard, as well as technology and communications. A significant portion of the Fellow’s time will be devoted to The Implementation Project, a joint initiative with the Native American Rights Fund to advance education and advocacy regarding the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The AILP at Colorado Law envisions “Indian Law” as a web of Indigenous Peoples’ laws, customs, and traditions, federal Indian law, and international human rights. We have a rich tradition of engagement with American Indian tribes, national governments of the United States and other countries, as well as the Organization of American States and the United Nations. Led by Professors James Anaya, Kristen Carpenter, Richard Collins (emeritus), Sarah Krakoff (on leave), Chase Velasquez (visiting), Charles Wilkinson (emeritus), we offer a full curriculum, clinic, and certificate in Indian law, and an active program of research, pro bono work, and conferences, providing unparalleled learning opportunities. Our AILP alumni are practicing in tribal and federal governments, private and public interest law firms, and various international organizations. We also collaborate on interdisciplinary research with the University of Colorado’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies.

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1. Recent law school graduate with a J.D. or equivalent degree
2. Coursework or other experience in tribal, federal Indian Law and international human rights
3. Experience and interest in program administration, academic events, and community engagement with Indigenous Peoples
4. Ability to work full time in Boulder and willingness to travel occasionally
5. Minimum one year commitment

$50,000, plus full-time staff benefits

Please submit a cover letter outlining your interest, qualifications, and career goals, as well as a current resume, writing sample (sole authored, original work only), and law school transcript. Provide a list of three references including name, title, and contact information. These materials should be addressed to Professor Kristen A. Carpenter, Director, American Indian Law Program, University of Colorado Law School. Please submit by May 1, 2022, to

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