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Law Clerkship Program

Overview

The Indiana Attorney General's Office has an extensive summer law clerkship program. Opportunities for those who want to be exposed to meaningful work include paid and pro bono positions, as well as part-time and full-time clerkships during the academic year. You will have tangible responsibilities, which will give you “real world” legal exposure.

The responsibilities will often mirror those of the deputy attorneys general, with some exceptions. Working closely with a specific deputy will allow you to truly experience the professional rigors of the position. You will be performing very meaningful work for the State of Indiana and its citizens, so we encourage you to ask questions. This will afford you the opportunity to learn and grow with us while providing the best service as a representative of the Attorney General's Office.

Much of the interviewing for these positions occur during the several job fairs we attend, as well as the on-campus interviewing conducted each fall. Our objective is to fill the majority of our positions by Thanksgiving for the following summer, although there may be positions available as late as spring for the following summer.

Professional Development

We feel confident that you will grow personally and professionally while being exposed to our law clerkship program. While your supervising attorney will be an arm’s length away, you will be empowered to perform legal work, which will aid the State of Indiana and its citizenry. In many areas of our office, you will “own” a caseload, enabling you to apply what you have learned by performing important work on relevant cases.

This experience may direct you further into the areas of law in which you will want to begin your career, or just as importantly, may steer you into another legal arena. Due to the nature of our office, we are involved in a wide array of legal matters and topics, which will provide you the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of areas of law. The clerkship program is not a rotational one, however. You will work in one section or division for an extended period prior to being eligible to transfer to another area that may have a vacancy. Regardless of the area of law, you will receive support, guidance, and experience that cannot be matched.

Please submit any questions or letters of interests and resume to lawclerkprogram@atg.in.gov

Testimonials

“I believe finding the right clerkship is all about finding a position at the intersection of what you’re passionate about and at an office or firm where the people are invested in you, your work, and your success as a future lawyer. The best thing at the Attorney Generals office has been having the ability to do meaningful and practical work identical to that of the Deputy Attorney Generals. I’ve found some clerkships to be primarily observing attorneys. However, clerking at the AG, has allowed me to fine tune my legal writing skills by researching the law and drafting legal documents under the supervision of DAGs. This will prove to be extremely helpful when I become a practicing attorney.” – Kennedy Bunch, IU McKinney


“As a law student interested in working in Data Privacy and Security, I was told by several lawyers that working for a government agency that enforces data protection laws would be an invaluable summer experience. That has proven to be true. I have worked on a diverse set of issues and each assignment has been a crash course in a new area of law. The work is challenging and intellectually stimulating. But what I love most about my work as a law clerk are the people in my unit. I get to work with a team of exceptionally qualified lawyers who are great human beings, always willing to help and guide me. They go the extra mile to make me feel valued and that makes me want to work even harder.” – Mughees Jan, IU Maurer


““I really enjoyed working with the DAGs in my department. They were always very encouraging and supportive. Many of them previously clerked for the Attorney General when they were in law school so they were able to give great advice. They also helped me improve my brief writing and oral argument skills.” – Whitley Pannell, IU Maurer


“Students looking for a clerkship should be guided by areas of law that they are interested in but should not necessarily limit themselves to those areas. My clerkship in the Real Estate Litigation section has been great in that it has reinforced my interest in real estate/land use law while exposing me to the litigation process which I had no experience or interest in prior to my clerkship.”- Jake Zurschmiede, IU McKinney


“Be intentional about pursuing your passions. Since I started law school, I have been generally interested in launching a career in constitutional litigation, but my time clerking for Thomas M. Fisher and the Solicitor General Division over the past six months has not only confirmed that ambition, but also refined my overall professional focus: Because of my clerkship experience in this Division, I am convinced that I want to pursue a career in appellate litigation.” – Michael Froedge, IU Maurer



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