The National Agricultural Law Center (NALC), a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, is seeking to fill a Research Fellowship position for spring and summer of 2022. This position will focus on conducting legal research and writing projects that meaningfully assist the NALC and its partners in furtherance of its mission as the nation’s leading source of objective agricultural and food law research and information, specifically providing resources of value to underserved populations, including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) farming and ranching communities. Specific areas of research include but are not limited to:

  • Legal issues of importance to underserved populations, including BIPOC. These issues may include heirs property, access to credit, environmental law/justice and food system equity

Successful applicants for this fellowship will have completed at least their first year of law school and have demonstrated skills and experience in legal research and writing. Applications must include at least one letter of reference that speaks to the applicant’s research and writing skills. Previous experience or background in agriculture is preferred, but not required. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred, but not required. Applicants must be motivated and capable of reliably implementing work projects in a distance working arrangement. This position will require a commitment of at least ten hours a week, with flexibility given for exams and other academic or holiday events.

Interested individuals should submit a current resume, three references (including one focused on research and writing), an unofficial law school transcript and a writing sample (10 pages or less) to Senior Staff Attorney Elizabeth Rumley at Applications are due no later than December 10, 2021.

To learn more about the National Agricultural Law Center, visit its website at You may also contact Senior Staff Attorney Elizabeth Rumley at

All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. Persons requiring special assistance to participate in the application process should notify the contact person. The University of Arkansas System Division is an AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/DISABLED/VETERANS/E-VERIFY EMPLOYER.

More information about this and any other potential fellowship opportunities at the NALC may also be found here.

A PDF of the Research Fellow Position Posting can be found here.