THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for full-time Visiting Clinical Professors interested in teaching in one of the following four clinics:
(1) Community & Economic Development Clinic ( Fall 2019 semester);
(2) Immigrant Rights Clinic (Spring 2020 semester);
(3) Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic ( Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020 semesters); and
(4) Startup and Small Business Clinic ( Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020 semesters).
Visiting Professors in any of the four clinics listed above would co-teach for one or two semesters in a one-semester, six credit course that satisfies the Law School’s clinical course requirement for graduation. Applicants for these positions should have at least 7-10 years of legal practice and/or teaching experience in the relevant practice area. They must hold a J.D. degree or equivalent from an accredited institution and be a member of a state bar. In addition, they must have demonstrated potential for excellence in clinical teaching. For the Immigrant Rights Clinic position, Spanish proficiency is helpful, and some federal litigation and/or post-conviction experience is preferred. The persons selected will be appointed as Visiting Clinical Professors or Visiting Assistant Clinical Professors, depending on experience. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
A brief description of each of the clinics is provided below; more information is available on the Law School’s website.
The Community & Economic Development Clinic focuses on issues of community and economic development in low-and moderate-income populations, emphasizing non-adversarial, transactional approaches to advocacy. Because the clinic’s primary goal is to solve its clients problems by the most effective means available, the clinic also represents clients in some litigation matters. Clinic students primarily represents organizational clients, including resident organizations in mobile home parks, non-profits and small businesses.
In the Immigrant Rights Clinic, students provide direct representation to immigrants on matters ranging from bond, complex removal defense and post-conviction motions to combatting workplace exploitation and protecting the civil and constitutional rights of immigrants. The clinic also provides legal support to grassroots organizations on policy initiatives and campaigns. The clinic strives for and models high quality, holistic and transformative lawyering. It acts in accordance with the foundational insight that the community is best served when lawyers can help empower individuals and marginalized groups to advocate for themselves.
In the Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic, law students work to protect civil liberties and support innovation in the digital age by advising and representing clients on a range of matters dealing with copyright, patent, privacy, First Amendment, and media law, among other areas. The nature of the Clinic's projects varies depending on client need, appropriateness of project for clinical teaching, student and faculty interest, and resource availability, but projects will likely include a mix of advocacy, counseling, and policy matters in multiple fora.
The Startup and Small Business Clinic is designed to train law students to serve small business owners and entrepreneurs of startups with formation, capitalization, corporate governance, intellectual property matters, contract drafting/negotiation, debt/equity financing and ongoing business operations. Law students represent clients on every aspect of Startup/small business law from formation to buy-sell agreements. Students will work to prepare material for informational and educational workshops for startup companies and small businesses to help owners of such businesses with common legal issues and questions.
Founded just ten years ago, the UC Irvine School of Law is a visionary new law school focused on training talented and passionate lawyers and driven by professional excellence, intellectual rigor, and a commitment to enrich our communities through public service. In keeping with this mission, the Law School has a dynamic and innovative clinical program. The cornerstone of the clinical program is a core clinical course required of every student. Students may enroll in their core clinic for additional semesters. In the seven years since the creation of the first core clinics, the number has grown from three to the current nine: Appellate Litigation; Community and Economic Development; Consumer Law; Criminal Justice; Domestic Violence; Environmental Law; Immigrant Rights; Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology; and International Justice. Each core clinic is taught by one or more full-time faculty and one or more adjunct faculty. The Law School also currently has six elective clinics in the areas of Appellate Advocacy for Veterans, Fair Employment and Housing; Civil Rights Litigation; International Human Rights; Reproductive Justice; and Startup and Small Business.
The UC Irvine School of Law is the newest public law school in California in nearly 50 years and currently is ranked 21st nationally by U.S. News & World Report. The clinical training program is ranked 13th. The School of Law also ranks in the top 13 for student diversity and has the 5th best student/faculty ratio among the top 25 law schools. The School of Law aims to prepare students for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession, combining the best of a large and renowned academic institution with a collegial, supportive and friendly environment. For more information, visit www.law.uci.edu.
Inquiries regarding these positions should be directed to Professor Carrie Hempel, Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Service Learning at UC Irvine School of Law: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates who wish to be considered for a Visiting Professor position should send a cover letter and updated CV, a list of references and a statement of past and/or potential contributions to diversity (see UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence) by e-mail to email@example.com.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications and supporting material should be received by January 15, 2019.
The University of California Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.