The Department of Law fellowship program is an opportunity for exceptionally talented new attorneys to join a strong team of appellate practitioners and gain broad experience and insight into the diverse public sector work of the Attorney General’s office.
The Civil Division of the Department of the Law provides counsel to the executive branch of state government in all civil actions, handles legal matters for and provides advice to the Office of the Governor and executive branch agencies, and prosecutes and defends civil litigation on behalf of the state. Each spring, the program will select one fellow to serve for a two-year term in the Anchorage office of the Department of Law. Over the course of the two-year program, the fellow will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of department work.
The fellow will be assigned to the Opinions, Appeals, & Ethics section, which oversees all civil division appeals and attorney general opinions, provides appellate advice to other sections on appellate matters, and coordinates the department’s work on Alaska Native matters. The fellow will report to the Solicitor General and will also be assigned a mentor who specializes in appellate practice. In the first year of the fellowship, the fellow will participate in a full range of work handled by the appellate section, including drafting appellate briefs, evaluating potential appeals, participating in moot courts, and presenting at least one oral argument. In the second year, the fellow will have the opportunity to partner with attorneys in other section areas and expand their range of practice experience.
Applicants must be law graduates with strong qualifications who are currently serving or who have very recently served as full-time judicial clerks; law graduates participating in government, academic, or public-interest fellowships that will be completed prior to the start date of the Department of Law’s fellowship; and exceptionally qualified law students in their final year at an accredited law school (including LL.Ms).