The University of Michigan Law School- Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor- Community Enterprise Clinic (CEC)

30 Mar 2021 7:20 PM | Kathryn Pierce Banks (Administrator)

THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL is seeking to hire a Visiting Clinical Professor to teach in its Community Enterprise Clinic (CEC) during the Fall 2021 semester. 

Law students enrolled in the CEC provide transactional legal services to nonprofit and community organizations, social enterprises, and neighborhood-based businesses in Detroit and the metro Detroit area. The CEC works to support vibrant, diverse, and sustainable communities and provide creative solutions to the transactional needs of clients to promote racial, social, and economic justice.  The CEC represents organizations working to build and sustain neighborhoods in disinvested areas in Detroit and other disinvested urban areas of the region.

The Clinic works with both start-up and established clients. New organizations seek assistance in entity formation, governance, tax and regulatory compliance. More established organizations seek the CEC’s assistance to accommodate their organizations’ and programs’ growth: draft and negotiate contract and leases; create worker cooperatives and social enterprises; counsel regarding land use, permits and other regulations; provide tax advice on income-generating activities; advise on employment issues; counsel on risk management; and research and advise on intellectual property issues.  The visiting professor will co-teach the seminar component of the clinic and supervise law students on their client matters.

Who We Are

Founded in 1859, Michigan Law School is one of the world’s leading institutions of legal education and enjoys a reputation for academic excellence characterized by a powerful commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Michigan is consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, and enjoys international renown for its intellectual rigor, stunning physical surroundings, preeminent faculty scholarship, and a community noted for collegiality and warmth. Michigan Law has an exceptional and cooperative community of talented and interesting students, with 1000 in the J.D. and 40 in the LL.M. program. Our commitments to collegiality, to constructive and challenging debate, and to enabling our students to pursue a wide range of options explain why the Law School has long been committed to diversity along many dimensions. Our graduates serve with distinction in the private, public, non-profit, and academic sectors, in large numbers in every major market in the nation, as well as internationally. The University of Michigan is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is considered among the best places in the United States to live and work.

At Michigan Law, we view our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as central to our mission as an educational institution and we seek to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment. We believe that diversity is key to individual flourishing, educational excellence, and the advancement of knowledge and we maintain a deep commitment to fostering a diverse community in which all students, staff, and faculty learn and work in an atmosphere of inclusion and respect.

Required Qualifications

The successful applicant will have significant experience in at least one of the CEC’s core areas of practice, a strong interest in clinical teaching, and a demonstrated commitment to engage in public interest lawyering through transactional work in under-served communities. Candidates must hold a J.D. degree and be eligible for licensure in Michigan.

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Additional Information

Questions can be directed to Associate Dean Debra Chopp at or 734-763-1948.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


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