George Washington University Law School - Small Business and Community Economic Development Clinic - Visiting Associate Professor of Law

29 May 2024 12:26 AM | Mike Murphy (Administrator)

THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL seeks a Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Law to direct and teach its Small Business and Community Economic Development Clinic, one of 19 clinical programs at the Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics. The Clinic has a long and impressive history as the legacy of the late Professor Susan Jones

This semester-long clinic provides legal assistance and representation to small businesses, microbusinesses, social enterprises, nonprofits, worker cooperatives, artists and creatives. In the weekly 2-hour seminar and through case work, students learn about and consider substantive business law, social entrepreneurship, community economic development, and the role of small businesses in providing economic opportunity for under-capitalized an under-represented entrepreneurs. Students also participate in law and policy action research.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:  The Clinic Director develop the docket, adapt the academic curriculum as necessary, teach the two-hour/week seminar class, and supervise students in their legal work. In the summers and between semesters, the Clinic Director will be responsible for handling any pending legal matters.

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school or an equivalent degree and have relevant experience. Applicants must have an outstanding academic record, excellent legal research and writing skills, and prior experience practicing and/or teaching transactional law. Applicants must have three or more years of practice experience. Applicants must be active bar members in good standing of at least one U.S. state or D.C., and/or must be willing and able to gain admission to the Bar of the District of Columbia.

Advertised Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants: To apply, please a single PDF document containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and lists of references to Letters should not only summarize your qualifications but should address your specific interest in directing the Clinic, including any relevant interest in and/or experience in teaching the broad range of legal skills and doctrine that are a central part of the curriculum, as well as your transactional law practice experience. Please address any questions to Associate Dean Laurie Kohn at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.

Open Until Filled: Yes.

Background Screening: Successful completion of a background screening will be required as a condition of hire.

EEO Statement: The University and the Law School have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff.  We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage women, persons of color, and LGBTQ candidates to apply for these positions. The University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law. 

Applicant Documents (Required Documents)

  • 1)     Cover Letter
  • 2)     Curriculum Vita
  • 3)     Contact Information for References

Academic Title: Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Law

Administrative Title: Small Business and Community Economic Development Clinic Director

Rank: Visiting Professor

Discipline: Law

Contract Type: Visiting, Renewable Appointment

Proposed Start Date: 07/01/2024

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time


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