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John Simermeyer

J.D. Candidate ’14 | Dunn, NC
Cornell University | City and Urban Planning
“Many of my professors have taken the effort to be available outside of the classroom, and to further explain the subject matter from class in a one-on-one setting.”
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What is your experience with MSU Law?
Law school has definitely challenged me. At the same time, the faculty have been a great resource and strength of the law school. Many of my professors have taken the effort to be available outside of the classroom, and to further explain the subject matter from class in a one-on-one setting. 

Describe your relationship with fellow classmates and faculty.
This past year I had the opportunity to take the Indigenous Law and Policy Center Class with Professor Matthew Fletcher. Much of the work involved dealing with real life tribal clients. This experience will help me in my future career in tribal advocacy.

Describe your experience in the Indigenous Law program and the Native American Law Student Association and Federal Practice Association (NALSA). How has participation in these organizations contributed to your education or employment?
This past year, I had the opportunity to participate in a clerkship program with a firm in Lansing that has a practice area in Indian Law. The courses that I took in the Indigenous Law program have helped prepare me to deal with the challenges that arise when working in a real world setting.

Additionally, NALSA takes trips each year to visit various firms, agencies, and tribal governments around Michigan that have a focus in the area of Indian Law. After visiting one of these sites I was able to find out more about their clerkship program, and eventually was selected to participate in it.


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