University of Michigan - Clinical Professors - Community Enterprise Clinic and Entrepreneurship Clinic

30 Aug 2021 6:32 PM | Jeff Baker (Administrator)

THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL's Transactional Law Clinics Program is seeking to hire two clinical professors: one in the Community Enterprise Clinic and one in the Entrepreneurship Clinic.

Community Enterprise Clinic (CEC)

The Community Enterprise Clinic (CEC) is dedicated to promoting vibrant, diverse, and sustainable communities by providing transactional legal services to nonprofit and community based-organizations, social enterprises, and neighborhood-based small businesses. The CEC provides creative solutions to the transactional needs of clients in its mission to promote economic, racial, and social justice and community and economic development in Detroit and other disinvested urban areas of the region. The CEC works with start-up and established clients. The CEC provides legal assistance in entity formation, governance, tax and regulatory compliance, drafting and negotiating contracts and leases, creating worker cooperatives and social enterprises, counseling regarding real estate and land use matters, permits and other regulations, advising on employment issues; counseling on risk management, and advising on intellectual property issues.   

Entrepreneurship Clinic (EC)

The EC’s mission is to help cultivate the robust entrepreneurial ecosystem at the University of Michigan (UM) and in Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Southeastern Michigan by providing transactional legal services to startups and existing ventures. The EC represents entrepreneurial ventures led by UM students, recent UM alumni, and non-UM startups and existing ventures in Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Southeastern Michigan. Typical matters include business entity formation, financing, intellectual property protection, contract drafting, employment law issues.

Required Qualifications*

CEC Candidates must have a minimum three years of experience in at least one of the CEC’s core areas of practice, a strong interest in clinical teaching, a demonstrated commitment to engage in public interest lawyering through transactional work, and potential for excellence as a clinical teacher, which includes making a substantial contribution to the academic or professional legal community. 

EC Candidates must have a minimum of three years of experience working with emerging technology companies and/or existing ventures on patent-related and other intellectual property law issues.  Experience with or an interest in learning business entity formation, financing, and other common early-stage legal issues is also highly desired as is a strong interest in clinical teaching, a demonstrated interest in the entrepreneurship ecosystem and entrepreneurship-related training, a demonstrated commitment to engage in public interest lawyering through transactional work, and potential for excellence as a clinical teacher, which includes making a substantial contribution to the academic or professional legal community.

Candidates must hold a J.D. degree and be eligible for licensure in Michigan.

Additional Information

This is a full-time contractual appointment that can lead to a long-term clinical contract. Clinical faculty have 9-month academic year appointments and are eligible for summer financial support for case coverage, special projects, and writing. They have governance rights that closely parallel tenured and tenure-track faculty. Michigan’s faculty salaries and benefits are extremely competitive. The University of Michigan Law School is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and quality engagement for all. We warmly welcome applications from women, members of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups, persons with disabilities, LGBTQI+ individuals, veterans, and all other candidates whose backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints would contribute to the diversity of our school.  

Contact Information

Please direct questions to Associate Dean Debra Chopp at or 734-763-1948. The position is open until filled but it is advisable to apply by September 24, 2021.  

Applicants may apply online to the University of Michigan Careers Site, job posting # 202970 or send a letter of interest and resume to: Robyn Grimes, Assistant to the Dean, 324 Hutchins Hall, 625 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109 or via email to

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

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