Brooklyn Law School invites applications for the Director of a new civil litigation clinic. The Law School is looking for an outstanding teacher, lawyer, scholar, and leader who will join our faculty and our clinical program in a tenured or tenure-track position.
We envisage a clinic that prioritizes social justice and fills gaps in access to legal resources for marginalized communities. While we are open to a variety of clinic visions, we offer the following as a non-exhaustive list of potential focus areas:
- Family law
- Housing law
- Police misconduct/ prison conditions or other civil rights law
- Poverty law (i.e., government benefits or consumer law)
- Workers’ rights or employment law
The Director will have full control over the direction, focus, design, and priorities of the Clinic. The Director will oversee every aspect of the Clinic’s work, including developing the docket, supervising clinic students, and teaching the required seminar. The Director will also teach at least one non-clinical course per year.
The Director will join our accomplished group of clinical faculty members who teach in our eight in-house clinics and direct our externships. The Law School strongly supports, and is known for, its experiential programs, and takes great pride in their accomplishments. Our public interest and public service commitment is longstanding and deep. We recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of clinical programs at BLS.
The Law School supports and encourages the scholarship of all faculty through generous summer stipends and research assistance, as well as sabbaticals for tenured and long-term contract faculty. We have also implemented pre-tenure leave to assist tenure-track faculty in their scholarship.
Brooklyn Law School, founded in 1901, is located in one of the most diverse and vibrant communities in New York. In the heart of downtown Brooklyn, the Law School is within walking distance of all state and federal courts. BLS students are hardworking, enterprising, always questioning, and eager to participate in the “real world.”
A candidate for this position must have a JD from an ABA-accredited institution, a strong academic record, a current license to practice law, and at least five years’ experience in practice. Experience in clinical teaching is not required but would be desirable. The candidate should be admitted to or eligible for immediate admission to the New York State bar.
We seek a new colleague who is creative, curious, and self-motivated, with an ability to thrive in an academic environment and who has a demonstrated passion for social justice advocacy.
We hope to find a new Director to begin teaching the clinic no later than Fall 2023 but the position will remain open until our search is successful.
Please send a cover letter, resume, and scholarly or professional writing sample to Professor Anna Roberts, email@example.com, with the subject line “Clinical Faculty Position.” Please include in your cover letter your thoughts about how you might design this clinic, even if they are at an early stage.
Applications are welcome, and will be considered on a rolling basis. We will begin considering applications on January 17, 2023, and can only guarantee full consideration of materials received before that date.
The salary range for this position, commensurate with experience and rank, is between $135,000-$175,000.
Brooklyn Law School is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, national origin, or any other legally protected status.