Independent Field Placement

Academic Year/Summer

Faculty Supervisor: Various Faculty Supervisors

Supervising Attorney: Various Field Placement Supervising Attorneys


Prerequisite: Professional Responsibility

Pre- or co-requisites: Varies depending upon practice area

Areas of Emphases: Various

Sample Projects

  • Veterans' Advocacy Clinic - Missoula, Montana
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project - Seattle, Washington
  • Department of Interior - Various Locations
  • Montana Legislature - Helena, Montana
  • ASMSU Student Legal Services, Montana State University - Bozeman, Montana
  • Civil Liberties Defense Center - Eugene, Oregon
  • Flathead County Attorney's Office, Civil Division - Kalispel, Montana
  • Alaska Public Defender Agency - Kenai, Alaska
  • Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation - Billings, Montana
  • Montana Department of Agriculture - Helena, Montana
  • Flathead Land Trust - Kalispel, Montana
  • Crime Victims Advocates Office - Missoula, Montana
  • Montana Department of Revenue - Helena, Montana
  • The Office of the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance - Helena, Montana
  • Los Angeles Superior Court - Los Angeles, California


General Information

An Independent Field Placement (IFP) is one not offered by the Law School, proposed by a student, and approved by the faculty.  The placement must meet all Clinic Program criteria and guidelines.  Students seeking an IFP are responsible for securing a faculty member willing to supervise the placement. Students interested in an IFP should see Clinic Manager Geri Sturgill, then review and complete the Independent Field Placement Application Packet. Completed Independent Field Placement applications (including student application, supervising attorney application, and three letters of recommendation) should be submitted to Geri Sturgill no later than February 15 to ensure ample time for review and approval. The deadline for approval is March 1 for the summer and next academic year.   Late submissions will not be accepted.