Hamline University School of Law - Director of Clinical Legal Education

30 Aug 2011 3:06 PM | Laura McNally-Levine
Hamline University School of Law (HUSL) seeks a Director for its robust clinical legal education program, which includes eleven clinics (Child Advocacy, Education Law, Employment Discrimination Mediation Representation, Immigration Law, Health Law, Innocence Clinic, Mediation Clinic, Small Business-Nonprofit, State Public Defender, and Trial Practice).  Law students represent clients under the Minnesota Certified Student Practice Rule and are supervised by in-house attorneys or adjunct faculty members who are experienced practitioners. Cases are chosen to maximize student interaction with clients and foster student control and responsibility for every aspect of case management, including dealing with ethical issues, learning the lifelong habit of being a reflective lawyer, and the commitment to pro bono service as a practicing lawyer.

The Director’s administrative responsibilities include training, supervising and mentoring faculty teaching clinical courses, promotion of clinical programs to students and in the community, and supervision of clinic staff to maintain and refine law office systems and procedures to insure quality and ethical representation of clients. In addition to administrative responsibilities, the Director will teach at least one clinic per year in an area of personal expertise. This is a tenure-track position with faculty rank and commensurate expectations regarding teaching and scholarship. 

Candidates must hold a J.D., be licensed to practice law in Minnesota (or be willing to obtain a Minnesota license), and preferably have experience working with law students on client cases in a clinical, externship or similar setting. The candidate’s record should demonstrate superb lawyering skills, management experience, strong teaching ability and the communication and interpersonal skills essential to being an effective clinical teacher, and scholarship in the field.  

To apply, submit a cover letter including a description of the clinic you would like to teach (either one of our existing clinics or a new one), resume/curriculum vitae, and three professional references (including addresses and phone numbers). Electronic submissions must be in Word or PDF format. Review of materials will begin as soon as they are received and will continue until the position is filled.

Send inquiries or applications to:

Professor Z. Jill Barclift, Chair of Faculty Appointments

Hamline University School of Law

1536 Hewitt Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104

zbarclift@hamline.edu (with “Clinic Director” in the subject heading)

Hamline is an EOE Employer.  It is University policy to not tolerate harassment or discrimination based on race, color, gender, ethnic background, national origin, sexual or affectional preference or orientation, marital or parental status, disability, religion, age, or veteran status in its employment or educational opportunities.


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