Harvard Law School - Clinical Instructor - Predatory Lending and Consumer Protection Clinic

19 Aug 2021 4:42 PM | Jeff Baker (Administrator)

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL seeks applications for the Clinical Instructor position in its Predatory Lending and Consumer Protection Clinic. 

The Clinical Instructor will play a key role—as teacher, supervisor, mentor, litigator, and strategic partner—in the operation of the Predatory Lending and Consumer Protection Clinic (“the Clinic”) at the Legal Services Center (LSC) of Harvard Law School.  The Clinic—through which Harvard Law students receive hands-on training in lawyering skills—provides free legal representation to low-income consumers in a variety of areas, including mortgage foreclosure defense, debt collection defense, and affirmative litigation.  The Clinic’s docket reflects a mix of individual representation cases, impact litigation, and policy initiatives.  We litigate cases in state and federal court and frequently partner with other leading consumer law organizations.  The Clinical Instructor will work closely with the Clinic Director and will collaborate often with other members of the LSC team.  This position represents a unique opportunity to work in a dynamic public interest and clinical teaching law office and to advocate creatively on behalf of consumers who have been exploited by predatory marketplace actors.  

Job-Specific Responsibilities

As a Clinical Instructor you will: 

·          teach, train, supervise, and mentor law students, 

·          collaborate with the Clinic director, and other members of the LSC team, in developing and updating the Clinic’s curriculum and training materials  

·          serve—within the framework of effective clinical pedagogy—as lead counsel or co-counsel in Clinic cases 

·          screen cases for merit and pedagogical value while helping to maintain the Clinic’s diverse docket through community and organizational partnerships 

·          work with the Clinic Director to engage in short-term and long-term planning for the Clinic and identify strategic opportunities that further the Clinic’s teaching and service missions 

·          recruit and supervise summer law interns, as needed 

·          contribute to the LSC community and participate in LSC committees and work groups, and support various administrative aspects of the Clinic’s functioning    

Basic Qualifications

Candidates must have earned a J.D. at least three years ago, have at least three years of relevant experience, and be admitted to the Massachusetts bar or eligible for temporary admission pursuant to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04.   

Additional Qualifications and Skills

We are looking for people who have: 

·          a demonstrated commitment to social justice advocacy 

·          experience in consumer law litigation, including both individual representation cases and impact litigation 

·          a track record of developing and/or contributing to creative advocacy strategies  

·          a passion for teaching and mentoring 

·          experience with or an interest in clinical education  

·          a demonstrated commitment to diversity and an inclusive working and learning environment  

·          a collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit with the proven ability to work in teams and independently 

Additional Information

The initial appointment is for three years, with the possibility of renewal or extension based on program needs and performance.  To learn more about us, please visit: Predatory Lending and Consumer Protection Unit and the Legal Services Center.   

All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.

Be a part of excellence and leadership in legal education and scholarship at Harvard Law School. We are a community of talented people from diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and perspectives, dedicated to advancing the cause of justice all over the world. We value our differences and our diversity as a source of strength. We are committed to developing and inspiring our students and our workforce. Whoever you are, whatever you do, however you do it, Harvard Law School is a place where you can thrive. 


Job Function

Faculty & Student Services


USA - MA - Jamaica Plain

Job Code

167058 Clinical Lawyer




WilmerHale Legal Services Center (LSC)

Time Status


Salary Grade



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening

Education, Identity, License/Cert.

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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