15 Apr 2021 1:12 AM | Chanté Brantley (Administrator)

ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW is hiring a Clinical Faculty for its Criminal Defense Clinic. 


St. John’s University School of Law seeks candidates for a full-time clinical faculty position to design and implement an in-house Criminal Defense Clinic, beginning July 1, 2021.

The Law School has a robust clinical program covering a wide array of practice areas, promoting social and economic justice for client communities.  All clinics engage in direct client representation as well as law/policy reform.  Candidates are encouraged to present their vision for a direct client representation criminal defense clinic with a policy component to complement the School’s anti-racism commitment.  The Clinic will also have a seminar component.  The position provides opportunities and support for scholarly research and writing, if desired, but this is not a requirement as clinical scholarship is defined more broadly (e.g., writing amicus briefs, op-eds, etc.).

Qualifications include the following: a J.D. degree; a minimum of five years of experience as a practicing lawyer; membership in good standing in the NY bar; significant experience practicing criminal defense law; excellent written and oral communication skills and advocacy skills; a demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently; and a demonstrated commitment to indigent criminal defense and public interest law.  Clinical or other relevant teaching and mentoring experience and experience in program design and development are preferred.

Clinical faculty are fully engaged members of the Law School community.  All faculty are able to hire research and teaching assistants, and to participate in faculty colloquia, and are eligible for summer research grants and publication awards.  They participate in committees, hold administrative positions, and engage in other aspects of shared governance.

St. John’s Law School is located in New York City in the borough of Queens, recognized as one of the most diverse urban counties in the United States.  The Law School is committed to doing the work necessary to become an anti-racist institution, including examining and changing our policies, practices, curriculum, teaching, and mentoring.  The Law School is also committed to diversity of all kinds in its faculty, students, and staff, and we encourage applications from candidates who will increase the diversity of the St. John’s Law community.

St. John’s Law School is part of St. John’s University, a Catholic, Vincentian, metropolitan, and global institution with campuses in New York, Rome, and Paris that is committed to academic excellence and service to those lacking economic, physical, or social advantages.  St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence), sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, disability, religion, age, status in the uniformed services of the United States (including veteran status), marital status, status as a victim of domestic violence, citizenship status, genetic predisposition, carrier status, or any other classification protected under federal, state, or local law.

A candidate hired as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Education will be given a one-year renewable contract that can ultimately lead to a nine-year presumptively renewable contract.

Applicants should submit a (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) the names of three references, (4) a writing sample, and (5) teaching evaluations (if available) to Professor Anna Roberts, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, at  Please submit the documents as a single PDF file in the order indicated.  Later stages of the hiring process will require the submission of additional materials.  Review of applications will begin on April 21, 2021.  Feel free to reach out to Professor Roberts with any questions about this position.



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