Legal Fellow (Legal Counsel)



Department Information

The Office of the Vice President and General Counsel (OVPGC) serves as legal counsel for the University. We advise the Trustees and University Administration on all legal issues and serve as the point of contact on all legal matters involving the University.

Job Summary

The Indiana University Office of the Vice President & General Counsel (OVPGC) is seeking a Legal Fellow for a three-year, full-time position in Bloomington beginning in Fall 2021.
  • Drafts, reviews, and revises routine contracts, affiliation agreements, and other legal documents; conducts legal research on pertinent topics as they arise.
  • Drafts legal memoranda educating university clients about legal issues and compliance.
  • Coordinates the university's responses to subpoenas and open records requests.
  • Drafts position statements submitted to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Assists in other duties, as assigned, to ensure the legal compliance of the university.
Specific department responsibilities:
  • During the course of the fellowship, Fellows work closely with the other attorneys in the OVPGC and with University clients directly to provide legal support across Indiana University's eight-campus system and to gain exposure to the varied needs of a major state university. Fellows are mentored and gain substantive experience in a broad range of legal areas, including athletics and sports law, copyright and trademark, Title IX, student affairs, labor and employment law, institutional compliance, academic freedom and First Amendment issues, privacy, environmental law, bankruptcy, information technology, health care law, and contracts. Fellows routinely assist with litigation matters, including participating in court hearings, depositions, mediations, and/or arbitrations. Fellows also have the opportunity to identify and work on specific higher education issues of interest to them.
  • Additionally, Fellows draft position statements to submit to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office for Civil Rights, and other state and federal agencies; coordinate the University's responses to subpoenas and open records requests; draft memoranda of law educating University clients about legal issues and institutional compliance; and draft, review, and revise University contracts and a variety of other legal documents.



  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree; OR
  • Admission to the Indiana Bar or registered to sit for the July 2021 Indiana bar exam.


  • Possess a valid driver's license with the ability to be insured by Indiana University.

  • Strong communication skills.
  • Articulate and responsive to colleagues.
  • Effective conflict management skills.
  • Ability to represent the company with external constituents.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure.
  • Demonstrates excellent judgment and decision making skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Highly thorough and dependable.
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism.
  • Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty.
  • Ability to work within tight time frames and meet strict deadlines.
  • Performs work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent communication skills to effectively interact with University administration, faculty, and staff.
  • Strong interpersonal skills that reflect courtesy, diplomacy, and a collaborative approach to developing and maintaining effective work relationships.

Working Conditions / Demands

This role requires the ability to effectively communicate and to operate a computer and other standard office productivity equipment. The position involves sedentary work as well as periods of time moving around an office environment and the campus. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Work Location

Bloomington, Indiana

Job Classification

Career Level: Core

FLSA: Exempt

Job Function: Legal, Safety, & Protection

Job Family: Legal Counsel

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Posting Disclaimer

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.

This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.

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Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University's Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.

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Telephone: 812-856-1234
Full time
Bloomington, IN 47401, US