Michigan Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel — Summer Clerkship Program [Feb. 22, 2019 deadline]

Summer Clerkship Program


Office of Legal Counsel

Office of the Governor, State of Michigan


Description: 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 the following:

 Reviewing major litigation;
 Monitoring, researching, and drafting legislation;
 Researching and drafting Executive Orders and Executive Directives;
 Reviewing and advising on extradition, clemency, and other criminal matters and ethics issues; and
 Representing and advising the Governor in tribal-state relations


Candidates who have completed their first or second year of law school 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

Instructions for Applicants:

Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, transcript, writing sample, and one letter of recommendation by mail or email to the address below. The deadline for applications is February 22, 2019.


Wenona Singel
Deputy Legal Counsel
Office of the Governor, State of Michigan

George W. Romney Building

111 S. Capitol Avenue

Lansing, MI 48909