Boston University School of Law - Clinical Instructor, Immigrant Rights & Human Trafficking Program

24 Jan 2017 3:23 PM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)

Boston University School of Law seeks to hire a full-time Clinical Instructor in its Immigrant Rights and Human Trafficking Program (the “Program”). The Program’s mission is to provide law students with the skills and knowledge needed to engage in zealous representation of victims of human trafficking, asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, and noncitizens facing removal from the United States. BU Law students provide pro bono legal services in immigration court and before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. In addition, students advise, counsel, and represent human trafficking victims in a variety of settings, including in law enforcement interviews, district court, and before administrative agencies.

The Clinical Instructor will be responsible for supervision of students engaged in direct representation of noncitizens applying for asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, and/or other humanitarian relief. The Instructor will assist with supervision, classroom teaching, and work closely with the Program Director.

The Instructor will assist the Program Director with teaching in the fall semester and will assume primary responsibility for teaching the Advanced Immigrant Rights Clinic course in the spring semester.

Additionally, the Instructor will work on a range of research and writing projects, which may include appellate briefs and policy advocacy, with the students and Program Director. The Instructor will be based at Boston University School of Law with an additional office downtown at the Boston University office within Greater Boston Legal Services.

Required Skills

The ideal candidate for this position is a member of the Massachusetts bar or is eligible for bar membership, with at least three years of immigration law experience with a focus on removal defense. Excellent writing and editing skills, and organizational and managerial skills are required. Teaching and supervision experience are preferred. Spanish language ability is preferred.

Candidates should have excellent academic credentials, superior research and writing skills, a strong commitment to public interest lawyering, outstanding interpersonal skills, flexibility, a sense of humor and a passion for direct service immigration and asylum work. The ability to work sensitively with a diverse population of clients, students, and staff is essential.

This position is a non-tenure track Clinical Instructor appointment to a one-year contract, which may be renewed for an additional year. The start date is July 1, 2017.

Boston University School of Law is committed to faculty diversity and welcomes expressions of interest from diverse applicants.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

How to Apply:

Applicants should send a letter of interest and a resume to Associate Dean Peggy Maisel, Boston University School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02215. Email applications are encouraged and should be sent to Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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