On Becoming an American Indian Law Professor

12 Pages Posted: 14 May 2012

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Matthew L. M. Fletcher

Michigan State University - College of Law

Date Written: May 14, 2012


There are only a few dozen American Indians who are enrolled tribal members who are tenure system law professors in American law schools. In fact, in our quick review of the American Association of Law Schools roster of teachers who list themselves as Native American Law instructors, we found fewer than 30 tribal members who are currently tenure system law professors. We study this group, as well as a few known tribal members who have either retired or left the academy for loftier pursuits, for purposes of identifying the profiles of tribally enrolled American Indians on the tenure track in American law schools. The object of this short paper is to advise American Indian law students and others on how to become an American Indian law professor.

Keywords: American Indians, law professors, tribal members

Suggested Citation

Fletcher, Matthew L. M., On Becoming an American Indian Law Professor (May 14, 2012). MSU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10-12, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2058557

Matthew L. M. Fletcher (Contact Author)

Michigan State University - College of Law ( email )

648 N. Shaw
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
United States

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