University of Michigan Law School - International Transactions Clinic - Contract to Clinical Tenure Position

12 Sep 2012 12:01 AM | Donna Lee
The University of Michigan Law School is seeking to hire a clinical faculty member with a background in negotiating and structuring international transactions to teach in its International Transactions Clinic.

The International Transactions Clinic, the first of its kind in the United States, was started in 2008.  It offers students the opportunity to acquire skills that are critically important to their professional development as they enter into practice areas that involve international transactions.
The International Transactions Clinic currently has a diverse range of clients.  Clients of the International Transactions Clinic include for-profit and not-for-profit entities. They include start-up enterprises and well-established businesses.  They include financial institutions and microfinance institutions. They include investors (some of whom call themselves “impact investors”), and investees.  What all of the International Transactions Clinic clients hold in common, however, is an international focus and a willingness to tackle global challenges like poverty, education, housing, healthcare, clean water, environmental degradation, and climate change.

The successful applicant will have significant (at least 7-10 years) international transactional expertise, particularly in structuring and negotiating transactions for enterprises and investors that operate in emerging markets, and some experience in negotiating and structuring cross-border investment transactions for social enterprises and/or familiarity  with policy and regulatory issues facing impact investors.  Demonstrable ability to attract clients that share the social justice values of the International Transactions Clinic, foreign language skills, international work experience, and clinical or other legal teaching experience are highly desirable qualifications.  Candidates must hold a J.D. degree and be eligible for licensure through the State Bar of Michigan.

This is a contract position that can lead to Michigan’s equivalent of clinical tenure.  Members of the clinical faculty are initially appointed to a three-year contract that can be renewed for another three years.  Upon completion of the second three-year contract, clinicians are considered for promotion to a seven-year presumptively renewable contract.  Clinical faculty serve on nine-month academic year appointments and are eligible for summer financial support for case coverage, scholarship or special projects. Clinical faculty salaries and benefits are extremely competitive.

Any questions should be directed to Associate Dean Bridget McCormack at or 734-764-4533.

The application deadline is October 15, 2012. Applicants should send a letter of interest and résumé to:
                        John W. Lemmer
                        Clinical Administrator
                        The University of Michigan Law School
                       701 S. State Street
                       Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity employer.


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