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Editor: Jeffrey R. Baker
Pepperdine University
School of Law

Thursday, April 20, 2017

JOBS: UCLA Assistant Dean for Experiential Education

UCLA School of Law

Job Posting

Assistant Dean for Experiential Education

The position of Assistant Dean for Experiential Education requires a talented and enthusiastic individual to build and oversee the operational excellence of the UCLA Law program of clinical and experiential education.  The Assistant Dean will report to and work under the general direction of the Faculty Director and/or Vice Dean of Experiential Education and will be expected to work independently with multiple faculty and staff within the law school.  The Assistant Dean will participate in the Law School’s academic and curricular planning and support the Faculty Director and/or Vice Dean in expanding and promoting excellence in the law school’s program of clinical and experiential education.  The Assistant Dean will also develop and maintain systems to ensure the provision of excellent legal services to clients and excellent pedagogical opportunities for students.  These duties will require the Assistant Dean to build strong relationships within the law school community, as well as with external governmental and nonprofit entities with which the law school is collaborating.  The person in this position should have some background and familiarity with clinical legal education, the ability to exercise creativity and good judgment about the law school program, and a deep interest in educating students and providing legal services to clients and communities in the region.  The person in this position has the possibility of spending up to approximately 25% of his/her time teaching in a clinical program, to be determined in consultation with the Faculty Director/Vice Dean. 

Minimum requirements include an excellent academic record; a J.D. or equivalent advanced degree; at least five years of substantial legal practice or related experience; and demonstrated management, administrative, and organizational skills, with successful prior experience inclinical legal education preferred.  The salary and level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  This position is a full-time, year round, non-tenure track academic appointment with an expected start date of July 1, 2017.  This appointment is subject to the rules and regulations of the Regents of the University of California, which are mostly embodied in The UCLA CALL and the University of California Academic Personnel Manual.  (See https://www.apo.ucla.edu/policies/the-call; and http://www.ucop.edu/acadpersonnel/apm/welcome.html.)

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made.  To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Tuesday, June 13, 2017 but will be considered thereafter until the position is filled.  Please apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF02951 by submitting pdf copies of a cover letter, CV or resume, and the names and contact information for at least three professional references.  Applicants with teaching experience should also include their teaching evaluations, a summary thereof, or other testimonials concerning their teaching experience.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct).

April 20, 2017 in Job Opportunities & Fellowships, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

JOBS: Loyola - New Orleans Coordinator of Skills and Experiential Learning

Via the LawClinic listserv:

Assistant Clinical Professor - Coordinator of Skills and Experiential Learning - College of Law

Responsibilities include teaching and managing all educational tasks necessary to institute and maintain an innovative skills curriculum for all law students; to oversee, manage the academic externship program to include teaching each semester; and to expand experiential practice-based learning experiences for law students. 

This position requires: a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school; substantial experience, including a minimum of 5 years practice and/or teaching experience at an accredited law school; being licensed to practice law in Louisiana; and demonstrated commitment to social justice and working with low income people; a long-term commitment to teaching law students to maintain strong academic credentials and practice experience.  Strong preference will be given to candidates with experience with planning, organizing and administering lawyering skills curriculum and experiential learning.

Send resume, writing sample and references with letter of application to:

Ramona Fernandez
Associate Director of Clinic
Stuart H. Smith Clinic & Center for Social Justice
Loyola University College of Law
504 Broadway Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
Email: cmluwisc@loyno.edu

Loyola is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for application is May 1st

March 29, 2017 in Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

JOBS: Cal State - Chico: Undergraduate Professor of Legal Studies in its Community Legal Information Center

Via Dr. Mahalley D. Allen, a position in legal studies and Cal State - Chico's innovative, undergraduate legal clinic:

 

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies

Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice

 

California State University, Chico is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. We are committed to achieving excellence through diversity in the classroom and the workplace. We strive to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students, faculty, and staff

The Position: The Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice invites applications for a tenure-track position in legal studies at the Assistant Professor level. The position begins August 2017.

Minimum Qualifications: The minimum requirements for appointment to this position are: a Bachelor’s degree, a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from an accredited law school, current membership in the State of California Bar or membership within one year of the start of employment, ability to teach courses in clinical legal education (i.e., Community Legal Information Center) and courses in the Legal Studies program, as well as the capacity to engage in publishable academic and/or legal/professional research. 

Preferred Qualifications:  Preference will be given to applicants with any of the following: legal clinical experience, paralegal supervision, experience in practicing law, teaching experience, law review participation and/or additional degrees, such as a L.L.M. or Ph.D. In addition to teaching courses in clinical legal education, other primary teaching responsibilities may include courses in any one of the following areas: constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, civil litigation, introduction to legal studies, alternative dispute resolution, administrative law, and moot court.

Responsibilities: This tenure-track position carries responsibilities in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service to the Department and University. Teaching assignments are based upon qualifications of the individual and the needs of the department.                     

Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience.

The Department: The Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice offers undergraduate degrees in political science (including an option in legal studies), criminal justice, international relations, and public administration, as well as Masters degrees in political science and public administration. We have an exciting curriculum, with numerous options to meet a host of academic interests, and an active and productive faculty committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship. Over 1,000 students major in our department’s programs. Additional information about our Department is available at http://www.csuchico.edu/pols/. Additional information about the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is available at http://www.csuchico.edu/bss/index.shtml.

 

The Legal Studies Program: The Legal Studies Program within the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice includes an active moot court program, a paralegal certificate program, and the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC). Founded in 1969, CLIC is an extensive undergraduate law clinic designed to benefit participating students by providing hands-on legal training and active learning experiences. CLIC also provides a unique civic engagement program that helps serve the legal service needs of Northern California. Additional information about the Legal Studies Program is available at:

http://www.csuchico.edu/pols/undergraduate/legalStudies.shtml

 

Closing Date: Review of applications will begin on February 6, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

 

How to Apply:   All applicants must apply online at: http://jobs.csuchico.edu/postings/4054   

 

Complete online applications must include: curriculum vitae or resume, cover letter, complete set of undergraduate and law school transcripts, and teaching evaluations if available. Three letters of recommendation are also required and should be submitted to the Search Committee Chair.

 

Job-related questions and letters of recommendation should be directed to:

Dr. Mahalley Allen, Search Committee Chair

Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice

California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0455

mdallen@csuchico.edu , 530-898-6506

January 12, 2017 in Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

JOBS: Pepperdine Startup Law Clinic in the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law

Supervising Attorney in Pepperdine's new Startup Law Clinic in the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship & the Law

The Supervising Attorney will teach and supervise students practicing in the Pepperdine Startup Law Clinic (the "SLC"). In the SLC, law students learn and train through law practice under the supervision of the Supervising Attorney. The SLC provides legal services to entrepreneurs and startup businesses in corporate organization and financing transactions. The Supervising Attorney will teach the seminar component of the SLC course with an adjunct faculty appointment. The SLC contributes to the University's mission by increasing the School of Law's capacity to teach, train and form professionals as well as serving the local entrepreneurial community. The SLC serves the School of Law's strategic plan by increasing the profile of the School of Law within the vibrant Southern California entrepreneurial community.

Duties

  • The Supervising Attorney will supervise law students in practice with professional responsibility for all client services. The SLC's primary focus is in startup financing. The specific legal questions any given client may present may range from issues of corporate law to IP and licensing, to tax and employment, as well as finance. Matters could include entity formation, drafting shareholder and operating agreements, negotiating investment or loan agreements, advising on how to structure internal compensation structures for founders, drafting vendor or services agreements, and many other basic legal needs for startup companies.
  • Uphold University mission through work performed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: The Supervising Attorney must hold a JD degree from an ABA accredited law school and must be a licensed attorney in good standing in California. The Supervising Attorney must have substantial transactional legal experience in startup and entrepreneurial law practice, especially in financing transactions. The Supervising Attorney must have broad and deep relationships in the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Southern California and the ability to secure strategic partnerships for the SLC.

Preferred: Preferred candidates will have expertise in other relevant fields such as intellectual property, tax, or mergers & acquisitions.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education and employment screening.

This is a restricted, exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

 

Follow this link for more information and instructions for applying.

January 10, 2017 in Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, January 15, 2016

JOBS: Memphis Children's Defense Clinic

Via Prof. Danny Schaffzin:

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Children’s Defense Clinic
University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

 


The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is seeking a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law to create, direct and teach a new Children’s Defense Clinic that will launch in the Fall of 2016 and play a critical role in institutionalizing reform in Shelby County’s juvenile defense system. Funding is in place to allow the Visiting Assistant Professor to begin as soon as possible during the Spring 2016 semester and teach through the 2016-17 academic year.

Under the direction of the Visiting Assistant Professor, the Children’s Defense Clinic will provide legal representation to youth who are charged in delinquency proceedings in Shelby County Juvenile Court and in related matters. In addition to representing children in delinquency cases, students may provide advocacy in non-traditional areas, such as: (1) pre-petition matters, (2) postadjudication, (3) school disciplinary hearings, (4) appeals, and (5) systemic reform through policy advocacy or litigation. Pursuant to applicable student practice rules, it is anticipated that Clinic students will engage in all types and aspects of casework, including interviewing clients and witnesses; fact investigations; drafting of motions, briefs, memoranda, and pleadings; development of pre- and post-trial strategies in trial and appellate courts, and in administrative settings; and representation of clients in trial, hearings, oral argument, and in testimony before legislative bodies. It is expected that the Clinic will emphasize team practice and collaboration, building and seizing on interdisciplinary partnerships to provide broadly focused, multi-systemic advocacy for clinic clients.


Candidates should be prepared to present their comprehensive vision for creating, teaching, administering, growing, and cultivating enduring support for the Children’s Defense Clinic. For duties related to the Children’s Defense Clinic, the Visiting Assistant Professor will report directly to the Director of Experiential Learning, and will work closely with the Dean, the Director of Experiential Learning, and Faculty on the development of the Children’s Defense Clinic.


Candidates must possess a J.D. or equivalent law degree, and, among other qualifications, should have a minimum of three (3) years of legal practice experience; a demonstrated interest in children’s criminal defense, substantial experience or interest in representing clients in juvenile justice settings; a strong desire to supervise and work with students; and a commitment to building community relationships and programs. If not admitted to practice in Tennessee, candidates can obtain permission to practice in Tennessee without having to sit for the Tennessee bar examination pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7, Section 10.02 (allowing special admission to practice for attorneys in employed in law school clinical programs).

Applicants should apply through the University of Memphis Work Forum (https://workforum.memphis.edu/postings/11744)and submit a letter of interest, resume, and list of three references to Professor Amy Campbell, Chair, Children’s Defense Clinic Faculty Recruitment Committee, at tcmpbll3@memphis.edu. Write “Children’s Defense Clinic Application” in the subject line of the email. Preference will be given to applications received by January 15, 2016, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of Memphis School of Law recently celebrated its 50th anniversary in its new building, the newly restored U.S. Customs House in downtown Memphis. A $48 million project, the structure offers a magnificent setting for learning and  teaching and has been recognized as one of the finest law school facilities in the nation and the world. Memphis is a beautiful  and diverse city with affordable real estate and an excellent quality of life. The city is known for its friendly atmosphere, revitalized downtown, and attractions such as Graceland, Beale Street, Opera Memphis, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Zoo, NBA Grizzlies, Memphis Tigers basketball team, National Civil Rights Museum, and nationally recognized theatre companies.

While the School of Law does not treat race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation as dispositive in hiring decisions, the School has a strong institutional commitment to hiring persons who will add to its diversity. The University of Memphis is an EEO/AA employer.

 

January 15, 2016 in Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, November 30, 2015

JOBS: Pepperdine University School of Law Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

Pepperdine University School of Law seeks applications for its new Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, to launch in January, 2016.  

From the position announcement:

The Supervising Attorney and Adjunct Professor ("Supervising Attorney") will teach and supervise students practicing in the Pepperdine Low Income Taxpayer Clinic ("LITC"). In the LITC, law students learn and train through law practice under the supervision of the Supervising Attorney, and the LITC provides pro bono legal services to clients to settle or adjudicate tax disputes with the IRS. The Supervising Attorney will teach the seminar component of the LITC course with an adjunct faculty appointment. This contributes to the University's mission by increasing the School of Law's capacity to teach, train and form professionals with expertise and integrity, and the LITC increases the School of Law's capacity to serve vulnerable neighbors and communities in poverty. This serves the School of Law's strategic plan by increasing capacity for experiential, clinical and formative education in diverse areas of practice.

The position announcement here contains more information and instructions for applicants.

Please write Prof. Jeff Baker at jeff.baker@pepperdine.edu with questions about the new clinic, the position or Pepperdine’s program of clinical education.

November 30, 2015 in Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

JOBS: Akron Law Clinical Faculty

Via Prof. Sarah M. R. Cravens:

Legal Clinic Faculty Position

The University of Akron School of Law anticipates hiring a 12-month clinical faculty member (presumptively renewable, non-tenure track) to begin in Fall 2016.  

The new clinical faculty member will join two other full-time clinical faculty, and will add to a rich array of existing programs which include:  Civil Litigation Clinic (cases referred from Community Legal Aid, primarily landlord-tenant), Jail Inmate Assistance Legal Clinic, our award-winning Re-entry Clinics (Expungement, Clemency, Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE), and Human Trafficking), SEED Legal Clinic (providing services for small businesses and 2015 Legal Services Champion Award winner from the U.S. Small Business Administration) and Trademark Clinic. We anticipate that a new clinician will be able to establish one or more new clinical offerings according to his or her substantive interests to complement the Law School’s strategic goals and the particular needs of the community.  Areas of particular interest include International Human Rights, Immigration, Family Law, and Health Law. 

The committee is interested in candidates with a commitment to excellence in clinical teaching, community engagement, and parallel scholarly research. 

The University of Akron School of Law is a public, mid-size law school of approximately 450 students located in the Akron/Cleveland metropolitan area.  Akron Law offers excellent teaching, relatively low tuition and a commitment to student success, as well as a strong relationship with the local and regional bar.  Akron Law prides itself on outcomes including our high bar passage rate (first in Ohio for the Feb 2015 exam), award-winning clinical programs, national championship trial team program and various areas of excellence.

Required Qualifications: Requires a J.D. degree and a license to practice law, as well as professional practice experience.

Preferred Qualifications:  A demonstrated record of or potential for effective clinical teaching and successful scholarship.

For complete details and to apply for this position, visit: http://www.uakron.edu/jobs.  Job ID# 9221.  While all candidates are required to submit their applications via this centralized system, please feel free to direct any inquiries to Professor Sarah Cravens, Chair of the search committee, at cravens@uakron.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately.  Anticipated start date: July 1, 2016. The University of Akron is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and to the principles of affirmative action in accordance with state and federal laws.

 

October 29, 2015 in Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

JOBS: A Third Position at UDC

Via Prof. Kristina Campbell: 

(See the previous two, current postings here.)

TENURE TRACK PROFESSOR – IMMIGRATION CLINIC

 THE UNIVERSITY OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DAVID A. CLARKE SCHOOL OF LAW (UDC-DCSL) invites applications for a tenure track law professor to work in the Immigration Clinic beginning July 16, 2016 and continuing through the academic year 2016-2017.  We will consider exceptionally talented applicants at the assistant professor level. Candidates must demonstrate a record of strong academic performance and excellent potential for scholarly achievement. Relevant experience and a demonstrated potential for outstanding clinical teaching is expected. 

The UDC David A. Clarke School of Immigration and Human Rights Clinic represents clients in Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals.  The Clinic provides legal representation for noncitizens in removal proceedings and assists them in applying for relief from removal and other benefits. Cases include defensive asylum applications, Cancellation of Removal; waivers; appealing of removal orders for detained noncitizens by the Immigration Court to the Board of Immigration Appeals and/or the Circuit Courts of Appeals; and providing other related services.

UDC-DCSL is one of only six American Bar Association accredited law schools at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and is the nation’s only urban, public land grant university.   UDC-DCSL has a three-part statutory mission:

  • to recruit and enroll students from groups underrepresented at the bar,
  • to provide a well-rounded theoretical and practical legal education that will enable students to be effective and ethical advocates, and
  • to represent the legal needs of low-income residents through the School's legal clinics.

The School of Law has been a leader in experiential and clinical education for more than 40 years beginning with its predecessor Antioch School of Law.  Every student completes two 350 hour clinical courses, as well as forty hours of community service.  UDC-DCSL offers nine legal clinics in the following areas: juvenile and special education; housing and consumer; general practice; community development; legislation; low-income taxpayer; government accountability; immigration and human rights and criminal defense. 

UDC-DCSL is recognized for its commitment to diversity and to clinical education.  The Law School ranked 7th in the nation in Law School Clinical Programs (US News and World Report, 2015); 2nd most diverse law school in the U.S. (US News and World Report, 2015); 1st most chosen by older students (Princeton Review, 2014); 2nd most diverse faculty (Princeton Review, 2014); 8th best environment for minority students (Princeton Review, 2014); 8th most liberal students (Princeton Review, 2014); and Top 20 most innovative law school (PreLaw Magazine, 2012).

Although we will accept applications until the position is filled, we strongly encourage interested applicants to submit applications immediately. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume. UDC-DCSL has a strong commitment to diversity among its faculty and encourages applications from minorities and women.

Contact:  Professor Andrew G. Ferguson, Co-Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008.  (email: to Faculty Secretary, Ms. Camille V’Estres – camille.vestres@udc.edu).

October 21, 2015 in Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

JOBS: UC-Irvine's Director of Externships

Via Laura Fry:

The University of California, Irvine School of Law has posted a position announcement for its Director of Externships. 

Here is the post.

 

October 14, 2015 in Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

JOBS: Indiana Tech: Clinical Tenure Track Position

Via Prof. Adam Lamparello

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF LAW (CLINICAL, TENURE-TRACK)

INDIANA TECH LAW SCHOOL invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track clinical assistant professor to design, manage, and teach a live-client clinic in the Law School’s innovative and growing clinical program, which currently consists of the United States Supreme Court Amicus Project, the Federal Judicial Intern Practicum, the Mediation Clinic, and the Appellate Litigation Clinic. In the fall 2016 semester, the Law School will implement a live-client clinic in an area consistent with the successful candidate’s expertise and the community’s needs.

The Law School’s clinics are part of an innovative, assessment-driven, and outcome-based program of experiential legal education, and clinical instructors are expected to collaborate with doctrinal, legal writing, and professional skills faculty to facilitate student learning experiences on matters of local, regional, and national significance.

Successful applicants will have an excellent academic record, substantial clinical teaching and law practice experience, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in clinical teaching, scholarship, and service. Based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience, this positon may also include or evolve toward responsibility for directing and administering the Law School’s clinical program or teaching some doctrinal or legal writing courses.

The position is full-time (nine months), tenure track, with full voting rights and committee participation. Salary is based on experience, and the successful candidate will receive a generous benefits package that includes health insurance and retirement savings. Additionally, the successful candidate will receive a professional development budget to enable participation at conferences and to promote meaningful scholarship. This is a unique opportunity to be on the ground floor of an innovative law school, develop a rigorous and cutting-edge program of legal education, and produce competent practitioners. Candidates should send a CV/resume, cover letter, and the candidate’s clinical vision to Associate Dean for Faculty Charles E. MacLean (CEMaclean@indianatech.edu). The Law School is particularly focused on candidates who will contribute to the diversity of the Law School’s faculty.

Indiana Tech Law School is not currently approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Associate and makes no representation that it will receive approval from the Council. The Law School has applied for and currently is in the process of seeking provisional approval.

 

October 8, 2015 in Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 5, 2015

JOBS: Two TT Positions at UDC: LITC and Legislation

Via Prof. Kristina Campbell, two announcements for tenure-track positions in UDC's Low Income Taxpayer Clinic and Legislation Clinic:

 

TENURE TRACK DIRECTOR OF LOW INCOME TAXPAYER CLINIC

                 THE UNIVERSITY OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DAVID A. CLARKE SCHOOL OF LAW (UDC-DCSL) invites applications for a tenure track law professor to direct the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) beginning July 16, 2016 and continuing through the academic year 2016-2017.  We will consider exceptionally talented applicants at the assistant professor level. Candidates must demonstrate a record of strong academic performance and excellent potential for scholarly achievement. Relevant experience and a demonstrated potential for outstanding clinical teaching is expected.  The salary for the position is $94,600 plus benefits. 

The UDC David A. Clarke School of Law Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic provides students with hands-on experience representing taxpayers who have active tax controversies pending with the IRS and in U.S. Tax Court. Students represent low-income residents referred to the clinic by the IRS and various local non-profit and advocacy organizations. Tax controversy cases include Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) examinations, tax return audits resulting in tax deficiencies, and the denial of various credits, including the Child Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax Credit. The LITC also conducts a variety of tax outreach events in the community to advise District residents of their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers.

UDC-DCSL is one of only six American Bar Association accredited law schools at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and is the nation’s only urban, public land grant university.   UDC-DCSL has a three-part statutory mission:

  • to recruit and enroll students from groups underrepresented at the bar,
  • to provide a well-rounded theoretical and practical legal education that will enable students to be effective and ethical advocates, and
  • to represent the legal needs of low-income residents through the School's legal clinics.

The School of Law has been a leader in experiential and clinical education for more than 40 years beginning with its predecessor Antioch School of Law.  Every student completes two 350 hour clinical courses, as well as forty hours of community service.  UDC-DCSL offers nine legal clinics in the following areas: juvenile and special education; housing and consumer; general practice; community development; legislation; low-income taxpayer; government accountability; immigration and human rights and criminal defense. 

UDC-DCSL is recognized for its commitment to diversity and to clinical education.  The Law School ranked 7th in the nation in Law School Clinical Programs (US News and World Report, 2015); 2nd most diverse law school in the U.S. (US News and World Report, 2015); 1st most chosen by older students (Princeton Review, 2014); 2nd most diverse faculty (Princeton Review, 2014); 8th best environment for minority students (Princeton Review, 2014); 8th most liberal students (Princeton Review, 2014); and Top 20 most innovative law school (PreLaw Magazine, 2012).

Although we will accept applications until the position is filled, we strongly encourage interested applicants to submit applications immediately. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume. UDC-DCSL has a strong commitment to diversity among its faculty and encourages applications from minorities and women.

Contact:  Professor Andrew G. Ferguson, Co-Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008.  (email: to Faculty Secretary, Ms. Camille V’Estres – camille.vestres@udc.edu).

 

TENURE-TRACK CLINICAL PROFESSOR DIRECTOR LEGISLATION CLINIC

                 THE UNIVERSITY OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DAVID A. CLARKE SCHOOL OF LAW (UDC-DCSL) invites applications for a tenure-track law professor to direct the School of Law’s Legislation Clinic beginning July 16, 2016.  The professor has the opportunity to design an innovative legislative clinic in Washington, D.C. that will teach students the skills necessary for effective legislative advocacy and provide them with opportunities to work on projects that produce law reform through the legislative process.  The rank of the position will depend upon the successful applicant’s level of experience.  Candidates must hold a J.D. degree with a record of strong academic performance and excellent potential for scholarly achievement.  Relevant experience and demonstrated potential for outstanding clinical teaching is expected.     

UDC-DCSL is one of only six American Bar Association accredited law schools at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and is the nation’s only urban, public land grant university.   UDC-DCSL has a three-part statutory mission:

  • to recruit and enroll students from groups underrepresented at the bar,
  • to provide a well-rounded theoretical and practical legal education that will enable students to be effective and ethical advocates, and
  • to represent the legal needs of low-income residents through the School’s legal clinics.

The School of Law has been a leader in experiential and clinical education for more than 40 years beginning with its predecessor Antioch School of Law.  Every student completes two 350 hour clinical courses, as well as forty hours of community service.  UDC-DCSL offers nine legal clinics in the following areas: juvenile and special education; housing and consumer; general practice; community development; legislation; low-income taxpayer; government accountability; immigration and human rights and criminal defense. 

UDC-DCSL is recognized for its commitment to diversity and to clinical education.  The Law School ranked 7th in the nation in Law School Clinical Programs (US News and World Report, 2015); 2nd most diverse law school in the U.S. (US News and World Report, 2015); 1st most chosen by older students (Princeton Review, 2014); 2nd most diverse faculty (Princeton Review, 2014); 8th best environment for minority students (Princeton Review, 2014); 8th most liberal students (Princeton Review, 2014); and Top 20 most innovative law school (PreLaw Magazine, 2012).

Although we will accept applications until the position is filled, we strongly encourage interested applicants to submit applications immediately. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume. UDC-DCSL has a strong commitment to diversity among its faculty and encourages applications from minorities and women.          

Contact:  Professor Andrew G. Ferguson, Co-Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008.  (email: to Faculty Secretary, Ms. Camille V’Estres – camille.vestres@udc.edu).

 

October 5, 2015 in Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

JOBS: Pittsburgh Tax Clinic

Via the Faculty Appointments Committee at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law:

Tenure or Non-tenure Stream Position.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Law invites applications from entry-level or lateral faculty for one position beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year.  The appointment is expected to be either at the rank of assistant, associate or full professor, if tenure stream, or assistant clinical, associate clinical or full clinical professor, if non-tenure stream. This recruitment seeks to fill particular curricular needs in one of two ways: either a tenure-stream or tenured professor teaching in one or more of the following areas:  Tax, Property, Estates and Trusts, or, alternatively, a clinical professor outside of the tenure stream who would direct our Tax Clinic and teach one or more courses in Tax Law. Preference will be given to those with an interest in experiential learning.

The University of Pittsburgh is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, marital status, sex, disability, age, gender identity or sexual orientation in its hiring.  In furtherance of our strong institutional commitment to a diverse faculty, we particularly welcome applications from minorities, women, and others who would add diversity to our faculty.  Recruitment is subject to approval by the University’s Provost. 

Contact:  Vivian Curran, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 3900 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15260.  Email: VivianeCurran@pitt.edu.  Email submissions are preferred.   The deadline for applications is October 15, 2015.

August 18, 2015 in Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

JOBS: University of Iowa Law School Field Placement Program Director

Via the Faculty Appointments Committee at the University of Iowa College of Law:

 

Law School Field Placement Program Director

                 The University of Iowa College of Law is seeking a full-time faculty member to direct the College's Field Placement Program, including teaching and administrative responsibilities. Iowa’s Field Placement Program offers quality educational experiences that immerse students in the performance of legal work in government or non-profit agencies, criminal prosecution or defense offices, state and federal judges’ chambers, and international law offices and agencies, as well as in a newly approved in-house corporate setting. In addition to earning credit for their field work, students in field placements participate in faculty-taught classes designed to maximize students’ learning.

                 The Director’s teaching responsibilities are multifaceted. These responsibilities include teaching students enrolled in a field placement class, as well as teaching on-site supervisors and law faculty supervisors how to use experiential pedagogy to translate students’ field experiences into substantive, reflective, and engaged learning.

                 The Director’s administrative responsibilities include developing and managing relationships with legal service providers who partner with the law school to provide quality field placements. In addition to cultivating existing relationships and to identifying and developing new relationships with legal service providers, the Director will take the lead in advising students on complying with new experiential learning admission requirements for various states’ bars. The Director will also assist in developing appropriate law school responses to the ABA’s experiential learning standards. The Director is expected to substantively engage in national dialogues regarding field placements and other experiential education.

                 Required qualifications include a professional portfolio that demonstrates the effective teaching of law students or other adult learners and a background in experiential learning pedagogy. Candidates must hold a J.D. degree, have a strong academic record, and have at least five years of law-related professional experience after law school. Candidates must possess strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. The successful candidate must have been admitted to a state bar and, if not already a member of the Iowa bar, become so within 12 months of accepting the appointment. (Before applying for the position, out of state candidates should review Iowa Court Rules 31.12 and 31.13.) The Director will be eligible for a clinical faculty position or other non-tenured/non-tenure-track form of faculty status, to be negotiated commensurate with qualifications and experience.

                 Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by 10 September 2015 but applications will be considered thereafter until the position is filled.

                 Please apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, and the names and addresses of at least three professional references to: Faculty Appointments Committee, College of Law, The University of Iowa, Iowa City IA  52242-1113.

                 THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

August 15, 2015 in Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, August 3, 2015

JOBS: Director of Experiential Learning at South Dakota

Via Associate Dean Tiffany C. Graham:

Director Position

The University of South Dakota School of Law may have an opening for a Director of Experiential Learning either at the Lecturer or Assistant Professor level.  It will likely be a 12-month position for the 2016-2017 academic year.  The position is still in development, but will be responsible for externships (in cooperation with the Career Services Office), internships, oversight and development of clinics, and the reorganization of the pro bono program.  It is likely that the experiential director will assist with a limited number of co-curricular events and/or be an advisor or co-advisor to one of the co-curricular activities.  Dependent on experience and expertise, teaching Law Practice Management or another substantive course may be negotiable. The successful applicant must be a licensed attorney in a United States jurisdiction (a state or the District of Columbia) by the time of the appointment.

Diversity and inclusiveness are values that are embraced and practiced at the University of South Dakota.  Candidates who support these values are encouraged to apply.  EEO/AA.

Applications must be submitted through the Board of Regents electronic employment site: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu/. Include on the website: application letter, vita, and names and addresses of three current references.  Inquiries about the use of the website may be directed to: Tiffany C. Graham, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, University of South Dakota School of Law, 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069; by email at Tiffany.Graham@usd.edu; or by telephone at 605-677-5393.”

August 3, 2015 in Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

JOBS: Clinical Positions at Texas A&M

Via Prof. Terri Lynn Helge (emphasis added):

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW seeks to expand its academic program and its strong commitment to scholarship by hiring multiple exceptional faculty candidates for tenure-track or tenured positions, with rank dependent on qualifications and experience.  Candidates must have a J.D. degree or its equivalent.  Preference will be given to those with demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and strong classroom teaching skills.  Successful candidates will be expected to teach and engage in research and service.  While the law school welcomes applications in all subject areas, it particularly invites applications from:

1)      Candidates who are interested in building synergies with Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School, with an emphasis on scholars engaged in international business law who focus on cross-border transactions, trade, and economic law (finance, investments, dispute resolution, etc.);

2)      Candidates who are interested in building synergies with the broad mission of Texas A&M University’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, which include but are not limited to scholars engaged in agricultural law (including regulatory issues surrounding agriculture), rural law, community development law, food law, ecosystem sciences, and forensic evidence; and

3)      Visionary leaders in experiential education interested in guiding our existing Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic (with concentrations in both trademarks and patents), Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, Family Law and Benefits Clinic, Employment Mediation Clinic, Wills & Estates Clinic, Innocence Clinic, Externship Program, Equal Justice/Pro Bono Program, and Advocacy Program, with a particular emphasis on candidates who may have an interest in participating in our Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic or developing an Immigration Law Clinic.

Texas A&M University is a tier one research institution and American Association of Universities member.  The university consists of 16 colleges and schools that collectively rank among the top 20 higher education institutions nationwide in terms of research and development expenditures.  As part of its commitment to continue building on its tradition of excellence in scholarship, teaching, and public service, Texas A&M acquired the law school from Texas Wesleyan University in August of 2013.  Since that time, the law school has embarked on a program of investment that increased its entering class credentials and financial aid budgets, while shrinking the class size; hired eleven new faculty members, including nine prominent lateral hires; improved its physical facility; and substantially increased its career services, admissions, and student services staff. 

Texas A&M School of Law is located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the country.  The Fort Worth/Dallas area, with a total population in excess of six million people, offers a low cost of living, a strong economy, and access to world-class museums, restaurants, entertainment, and outdoor activities.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Texas A&M welcomes applications from a broad spectrum of qualified individuals who will enhance the rich diversity of the university’s academic community. Applicants should email a résumé and cover letter indicating research and teaching interests to Professor Timothy Mulvaney, Chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee, at appointments@law.tamu.edu.  Alternatively, résumés can be mailed to Professor Mulvaney at Texas A&M University School of Law, 1515 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102-6509.

 

July 29, 2015 in Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

JOBS: Clinical Director and Tenure Track Positions at South Carolina

Via Josh Gupta-Kagan:

The University of South Carolina is soliciting applications for several clinical faculty positions, including director and tenure track positions.  Here is Prof. Gupta-Kagan's note, followed by the formal position announcements:

The University of South Carolina School of Law is hiring clinicians.

We are looking for candidates to apply for several (yes, several) clinical positions at the University of South Carolina School of Law, located in Famously Hot™ Columbia, SC. 

The University of South Carolina School of Law is hiring for two tenure-track clinical professors, and for a clinic director (our long-standing director Lewis Burke is now enjoying retirement).  We are looking for outstanding candidates interested in developing their own clinic, who are committed to teaching excellence, and who show scholarly promise.  We are truly open to a variety of subject areas and would love proposals from candidates.  Please note that clinical professors are tenure-track, and that we invite applications from entry-level candidates, candidates who have a non-tenure track position and who wish to switch to a tenure-track job, and candidates who have completed their first or second year of teaching and are interested in exploring new opportunities.

For the clinic director position, we are looking for someone with a minimum of five years in clinical legal education.

We will be at the AALS hiring conference in DC, and applicants can apply through the FAR process.  Anyone who is interested may also contact me directly – I am on the hiring committee -- or apply directly to the full committee.  The formal postings are here:

 

Clinic director

The University of South Carolina School of Law invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track Clinical Director position to begin fall semester 2016. Candidates should have a juris doctorate or equivalent degree and a minimum experience of five years in clinical legal education. Additionally, a successful applicant should have a record of excellence in academia or in practice, the potential to be an outstanding teacher, and demonstrable scholarly promise.  Interested persons should send a resume, references, and subject area preferences to Prof. Eboni Nelson, Chair, Faculty Selection Committee, c/o Kim Fanning, University of South Carolina School of Law, 701 S. Main St., Columbia, SC 29208 or, by email, to HIRE2016@LAW.SC.EDU (electronic submissions preferred).

The University of South Carolina is committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.  We encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and others whose background, experience, and viewpoints contribute to the diversity of our institution.

The University of South Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the base of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender, or veteran status. 

 

Tenure-track clinicians

The University of South Carolina School of Law invites applications for tenured, tenure-track, or visiting faculty positions to begin fall semester 2016. Candidates should have a juris doctorate or equivalent degree. Additionally, a successful applicant should have a record of excellence in academia or in practice, the potential to be an outstanding teacher, and demonstrable scholarly promise.  Although the School of Law is especially interested in candidates who are qualified to teach in the areas of taxation, clinical legal education, environmental law and small business, we are equally interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our law school community whose teaching interests may fall outside of these areas.  Interested persons should send a resume, references, and subject area preferences to Prof. Eboni Nelson, Chair, Faculty Selection Committee, c/o Kim Fanning, University of South Carolina School of Law, 701 S. Main St., Columbia, SC 29208 or, by email, toHIRE2016@LAW.SC.EDU (electronic submissions preferred).

The University of South Carolina is committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.  We encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and others whose background, experience, and viewpoints contribute to the diversity of our institution.

The University of South Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the base of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender, or veteran status. 

July 21, 2015 in Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

JOBS: UDC Fellowship in General Practice Clinic

Via Prof. LaShanda T. Adams:  

Master of Laws (LL.M.) Degree Program With Concentration In Clinical Education and Systems Change

To Provide Family Law Services to Women Veterans

Dear Colleagues,

U.D.C. David A. Clarke School of Law is pleased to announce a fellowship opportunity in the General Practice Clinic.

The fellow will supervise law students in the representation of women veterans in family law matters.

The U.D.C. David A. Clarke School of Law has an excellent and nationally ranked clinical education program. Each law student (J.D. candidate) must complete at least two seven-credit clinics (a minimum of 700 hours of clinical work) to graduate. Each LL.M. candidate will work closely with an experienced faculty member in a clinic to teach and supervise J.D. candidates in substantive law and practice skills. In addition, over the course of the two-year program, Fellows in the LL.M. program will complete a culminating project in the form of a scholarly work of publishable quality or a project designed to stimulate systems change.

The two-year LL.M. program includes coursework in clinical pedagogy, legal scholarship, public interest law, and systems change. The focus of the program is to provide the Fellows with a foundation in clinical education practices and to strengthen their lawyering and advocacy skills.

L.L.M. candidates will receive an annual stipend of $51,157 plus benefits.

The program begins on August 1, 2015.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Specific clinic descriptions are at: http://www.law.udc.edu/?page=ClinicIntro

Admissions Process

Please submit the following:

A response to the following questions in no more than 1,000 words (two pages):

In your area of concentration, what systemic problems have you identified? How do you envision using the law to transform the system?

Resume, Writing Sample, Law School Transcript (official), Two letters of recommendation from persons with personal knowledge of your capabilities and commitment to social justice.

Please send materials, except transcript, electronically to Jordana Arias, Clinic Staff Assistant,jarias@udc.edu. (Please enter “LL.M. Application” in the subject line.)

Mail transcript to:

Jonathan Smith, Associate Dean
Clinical and Experiential Programs
University of the District of Columbia
David A. Clarke School of Law
4200 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Building 52
Washington, DC 20008

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Questions? Please contact Jonathan Smith: jonathan.smith2@udc.edu.

Candidates should have a minimum of two years relevant practice experience and be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any state possession, territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. A person chosen to enter the LL.M. program who is not a member of the D.C. Bar will have to apply to waive into the D.C. Bar or otherwise apply for membership in the D.C. Bar.

June 4, 2015 in Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

JOBS: Director of South Dakota's new Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

Via Ms. Teresa Carlisle of the USD School of Law

The University of South Dakota School of Law is happy to announce the Fall opening of South Dakota’s only Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC).  The LITC seeks a director to begin July 1, who will continue developing the clinic for Fall semester.  The director will teach, supervise and mentor students in the clinic.  Application materials should be submitted electronically at https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu. Inquiries about applying should be directed to Tiffany Graham, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, at tiffany.graham@usd.edu.  Questions about the clinic itself should be directed to Professor Allen Madison at allen.madison@usd.edu.

April 7, 2015 in Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

JOBS: OneJustice Senior Staff Attorney

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Federal Education Loan Relief and Forgiveness: An Important Resource for Law School Graduates is at Risk

By: Kim Bart, Assistant Dean for Public Interest & Pro Bono at Duke Law School, and Isaac Bowers, Associate Director for Law School Engagement & Advocacy at Equal Justice Works

Class of 2013 law school graduates who took out loans to fund their legal educations accumulated an average debt of $109,756 according to U.S. News & World Report data. In taking on that level of educational debt, many law school students were aware of, and perhaps counting on, long-established federal loan repayment and forgiveness programs. Some of the programs, however, may soon be constricted.

President Obama’s proposed budget, released in March 2014, includes a proposal to cap the level of federal loan forgiveness at the aggregate loan limit for independent undergraduate students, which is currently set at $57,500. This may leave graduate and professional students, including law students, out in the cold. Congress is likely to take the issue up next year as part of its ongoing reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

Federal Loan Repayment and Forgiveness Programs
Federal loan repayment and forgiveness programs currently can help high debt borrowers in two main ways: (1) income-driven repayment plans set monthly student loan payments at an affordable percentage of borrowers’ incomes and allow cancellation of any remaining debt after 20 or 25 years; (2) Public Service Loan Forgiveness allows borrowers who commit to working in the public interest sector to earn forgiveness after 10 years of loan repayment. Only federal student loans are eligible for these federal programs.

The two most common income-driven repayment plan options are Income-Based Repayment (IBR) and Pay As You Earn (PAYE). IBR has been available to borrowers since 2009. It caps most borrowers’ monthly loan payments at 15% of discretionary income, with discharge of the loan balance after 25 years. Borrowers with no federal student loan balance who receive loans on or after July 1, 2014 have a monthly payment cap of 10% of discretionary income and discharge after 20 years.

PAYE, which has been available since 2012, also caps a borrower’s monthly loan payment at 10% of discretionary income and allows discharge of the loan balance after 20 years. To qualify for PAYE, borrowers must have received a loan on or after Oct. 1, 2007 and have had no outstanding federal student loans at the time they received it, and must receive a disbursement of a federal loan on or after Oct. 1, 2011.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, the length of repayment is reduced from 20 or 25 years to just 10, in return for the borrower working in qualifying public interest employment. Qualifying employment includes work with federal, state, local or tribal government, or work with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The prospect of loan forgiveness after 10 years of loan repayment has allowed many high debt recent law school graduates to consider public interest or public service employment, even though starting salaries for the public sector are significantly below those of the private sector. Median entry-level salary for public interest employment hover around $48,000, according to the 2014 NALP Public Sector and Public Interest Attorney Salary Report. This compares unfavorably with a median first-year salary of $125,000 for private firms. PSLF allows high debt law school graduates to realistically consider devoting themselves to long-term public service legal careers. A cap on Federal Loan Forgiveness would have a deleterious effect on the ability of law school grads to successfully manage law school debt, and remove an incentive for lawyers to choose lower-paying, but much-needed, public service work over private law firm employment.

Learn More
To learn more, join the Equal Justice Works free live webinar: “JDs in Debt: What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness,” which will be offered on October 8th, November 25th and December 18th, 2014. To register, visit http://equaljusticeworks.org/ed-debt/webinars.

 

October 1, 2014 in Clinic Students and Graduates, Current Affairs, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)