Lawyers in the Office of Legal Counsel serve as the Governor’s attorneys, providing analysis and advice on all legal and policy issues that involve the Governor.  This includes a wide array of functions, including interpreting federal and state laws, advising the Governor and senior staff on legislation that may impact the powers and authorities of the Governor and the Governor’s office, and serving as the Governor’s lead advocate on litigation involving the Governor’s office and state agencies.

Law clerks may assist attorneys in the Office of Legal Counsel with research, analysis, and writing related to:

  • Gubernatorial appointments;
  • Pending legislation;
  • Extradition, clemency, and other criminal matters;
  • Executive Orders and Executive Directives;
  • Ethics and compliance; and
  • Tribal-state relations.

Candidates will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Exceptional legal research, writing, and communication skills;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment; and
  • Ability to respond to a variety of legal issues that arise daily, requiring quick research, analysis, and response.

Hours and compensation: Externship credit may be available through your law school. Some paid positions are also available.

Location: The position is remote, but clerks must pick up and return their equipment in person in Lansing, Michigan at the start and end of their semester. Some optional in-person training and networking opportunities may also be scheduled in Lansing during the semester.

Instructions for Applicants: Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, transcript, writing sample, and one letter of recommendation by email to the address below.

Deadline: July 7, 2023. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Kristina Gierhart
Office of the Governor, State of Michigan
George W. Romney Building
111 S. Capitol Avenue
Lansing, MI 48909