THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF LAW is accepting applications for our new Clinical Teaching Fellowship to begin in the summer of 2023. This two-year fellowship will prepare talented lawyers and aspiring clinicians with at least 2 years of practice experience to become full-time clinical faculty at U.S law schools. The Clinical Teaching Fellow will work alongside and learn from current full-time clinical faculty who teach in the College of Law’s Legal Clinic.
The Clinical Teaching Fellow will be immersed in all aspects of clinical teaching from learning clinical pedagogy to supervising law students on their casework. The UT Law Clinical Teaching Fellow will also develop a research agenda and begin working on a scholarly article in preparation for entering the law school teaching market. The fellow will receive training in clinical teaching methods, supervision when working with students on cases, and guidance in developing legal scholarship with faculty mentors.
We seek a Clinical Teaching Fellow to begin in the summer of 2023, and to work with one of the following Clinics:
(1) The Advocacy Clinic, which provides direct legal services to clients in a range of litigation including civil, juvenile, and criminal cases. A more detailed description can be viewed at https://law.utk.edu/clinics/.
(2) The Transactional Law Clinic, which provides direct legal services to small businesses, nonprofit organizations, community-based associations, entrepreneurs, and artists. A more detailed description can be viewed at https://law.utk.edu/clinics/.
The UT Law Clinical Teaching Fellowship will commence in the summer of 2023. The fellow will directly supervise J.D. students enrolled in either the Advocacy Clinic or Transactional Law Clinic. The fellow will first work with a clinical faculty member to co-supervise students and then supervise second- and third-year law students on their own to provide high-quality client representation and to prepare them for graduation and practice. The fellow will work with fulltime faculty in teaching the clinic’s seminar by preparing class instruction and leading exercises, discussions, and clinical rounds related to the students’ casework. The fellow will also assist with casework during the semester and summer case coverage. Finally, the fellow will work with faculty mentors to develop a research plan and to produce an article of publishable quality.
Required Qualifications and Experience
- J.D. or equivalent degree.
- At least two (2) years of practice experience in relevant areas of law.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Strong interest in clinical teaching, with a commitment to inclusive teaching methods designed to effectively engage a diverse student population.
- Membership in a U.S. state bar and willingness to petition for admission to the Tennessee Bar prior to the start date of the fellowship. Tennessee allows lawyers teaching in a law school clinical program to waive into the bar.
Preferred Qualifications and Experience
- Teaching, training or supervision of law students or early-career lawyers.
- Experience with relevant civil, criminal or juvenile matters as preparation for teaching in the Advocacy Clinic or experience with relevant transactional matters as preparation for teaching in the Transactional Law Clinic.
- A commitment to public interest work.
Salary and Benefits:
The Clinical Teaching Fellow will receive a salary and health benefits. The salary for this position is $80,000 in Year 1, and $90,000 in Year 2. The fellow is also eligible for the University of Tennessee’s comprehensive benefits package, including medical and dental health care benefits.
How to apply:
Applications must be submitted through interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/122868.
Applicants should submit:
1. a resume,
2. the names and contact information for at least three (3) references, and
3. a letter of interest describing (a) why you are interested in the fellowship; (b) what you can contribute to the clinic in which you are interested; (c) your experience with the area(s) of law in which the clinic practices and with public interest/social justice work; (d) your future professional goals; and (e) anything else you deem relevant.
In furtherance of the University’s and the College’s fundamental commitment to diversity in our faculty, student body, and staff, we strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, veterans, and others whose background, life experiences, viewpoints, or philosophy would contribute to the diversity of our faculty, curriculum, and programs.
The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.
Deadline: While applications will be considered on a rolling basis, preference will be given to applications received before May 1, 2023. For questions, please contact Director of Clinical Programs Joy Radice at firstname.lastname@example.org