University of California, Berkeley - Clinical Supervising Attorney, Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic

09 Mar 2017 4:44 PM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)

The Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic (Samuelson Clinic) offers a full-time position as Clinical Supervising Attorney for a two-year term with the possibility of renewal. The position will focus on teaching and supervising law students in a clinical setting while providing legal representation—primarily in intellectual property matters—to a wide range of public interest clients in law and technology. Work product could include amicus or other litigation work, policy work, and counseling.

The Samuelson Clinic at Berkeley Law is the nation’s flagship clinic in the high technology, privacy, and intellectual property fields, and is an integral component of both the Law School’s Center for Law and Technology ( and Clinical Program ( In training future lawyers and policy-makers, the Clinic plays an important role defining and shaping technology policy within California, the United States, and internationally.

The purpose of the position is to expand the clinic’s work on intellectual property matters, with an emphasis on copyright. The clinical supervising attorney will supervise students in representing public interest clients, to help train the next generation of influential attorneys, judges, and community leaders specializing in technology law and policy.

The clinical supervising attorney is anticipated to begin no later than July 1, 2017 but an earlier start may be possible. The position will continue through June 30, 2019, with the possibility of renewal thereafter.

The Samuelson Clinical Supervising Attorney will work under the supervision of Clinic faculty on a variety of projects that will include the following:

Clinical Supervision (90% time):

  • Intensive supervision of clinical students and their caseloads, primarily on intellectual property matters;
  • Teaching and curriculum development for the Samuelson Clinic seminar classes;
  • Participation in on-going advocacy efforts with state and federal legislatures, courts, and agencies; and
  • Primary responsibility for docket management during the summer break.

Administrative Duties (5%):

  • Organizing programmatic events, such as conferences, workshops, and speaker series;
  • Speaking at public events and with the press.

Other Duties as Assigned (5%):

Minimum Qualifications Required (at time of application):

  • Candidate must hold a JD degree or equivalent degree;
  • Admission to practice law in at least one state (California Bar not required, but must be willing to apply for admission).

Additional Qualifications (by start date):

  • At least three years of post-JD experience;
  • Substantive knowledge and experience in intellectual property law;
  • Ability to represent clients independently;
  • Demonstrated research and writing skills, organizational and planning skills; and
  • Strong interest in teaching and in public service in the area of technology law and policy.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Substantive knowledge of multiple fields of intellectual property law, such as copyright, patent, and trademark;
  • Proven commitment to public service in the area of technology law and policy;
  • Substantive knowledge and experience in additional areas in which the clinic works, such as privacy, consumer protection, competition, and/or First Amendment law; and
  • Some teaching experience.
  • California Bar membership

Application Procedure: Please visit the following link to apply: Applications must include in pdf format a cover letter; a CV; a legal advocacy writing sample (such as a brief, motion or equivalent)

Applicants must also provide in AP Recruit the names and contact information of three (3) references. The position is open until filled.

Letters of reference and copies of scholarly transcripts may be requested of top candidates. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a dossier service or career center, to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

For more information about the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic visit our website at

The University offers excellent health and retirement benefits which can be viewed online at

If you have questions about the position, please contact

Berkeley Law is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching or research. Qualified women and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


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