University of Detroit Mercy School of Law - Director of Clinical Program

26 Sep 2017 7:22 PM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is seeking a Director of Clinical Education to begin in the 2018-19 academic year. The Director – who may be tenured, tenure-track, or on a long-term contract – must have substantial experience in clinical legal education in order to lead and manage Detroit Mercy Law’s extensive, required clinical program. At Detroit Mercy Law, every student participates in at least one Clinic for academic credit, where they represent actual clients under the supervision of experienced faculty. Detroit Mercy Law’s 50-year-old clinical program has been rated in the top 20 programs in the country by PreLaw Magazine, and its Veterans Law Clinic and Immigration Clinic have received several awards of recognition. The clinical program is an integral part of Detroit Mercy Law’s culture of service and experiential learning.

Please address applications, or any questions, to Professor Deborah Paruch, Chair of Faculty Recruitment, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 651 East Jefferson, Detroit, Michigan 48226. Email: paruchd@udmercy.edu. Phone: 313.596.0204. Applications will be accepted via email or regular mail.

Detroit Mercy Law offers a unique and innovative curriculum that complements traditional theory- and doctrine-based course work with practical learning. Detroit Mercy Law is one of only a few law schools in the country that requires students to participate in a clinical experience, and currently offers nine clinics from which students may choose: Criminal Trial Clinic, International Intellectual Property Clinic, Trademark and Entrepreneur Clinic, Immigration Law Clinic, Juvenile Appellate Clinic, State Appellate Defender Office Appellate Advocacy Clinic, Veterans Law Clinic, Veteran’s Appellate Clinic and Housing Law Clinic. Detroit Mercy Law also has a unique Dual J.D. program with the University of Windsor in Canada, which allows students to earn both an American and a Canadian law degree in three years and to gain a comprehensive understanding of two distinct legal systems. The dual JD students bring diversity and a unique perspective to the clinical program.

The School of Law is located in Downtown Detroit, within walking distance of federal, state, and municipal courts, the region’s largest law firms, and major corporations such as General Motors, Quicken Loans, and Comerica Bank. The School is also uniquely situated two blocks from the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, an international border crossing linking Detroit with Windsor and Canada. Detroit offers a dynamic variety of cultural, entertainment and sporting attractions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts (housing a world-class art collection), the Detroit Symphony, the Detroit Opera House, the Detroit Zoo, the Henry Ford Museum, Eastern Market (historic farmers’ market) and major league sports teams.

Michigan’s largest, most comprehensive private university, University of Detroit Mercy is an independent Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and Society of Jesus. The university seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to the University's urban mission, commitment to diversity, and tradition of scholarly excellence. University of Detroit Mercy is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer with a diverse faculty and student body and welcomes persons of all backgrounds.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


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