ALBANY LAW SCHOOL invites applications for a Co-Director and entry-level Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the Community Development Clinic. The Community Development Clinic delivers a clinical experience for law students interested in business and transactional practice exposing them to the legal needs of small businesses and nonprofit organizations.
The Community Development Clinic provides brief advice, advocacy assistance, popular education, and full legal representation to start-up entrepreneurs and not-for-profit organizations from underrepresented and excluded communities in isolated urban and rural areas. The Clinic provides assistance on a broad range of transactional and business law matters related to small business development including entity formation, contracts, commercial leases, real estate transactions, securities, tax, and intellectual property.
In addition to representing clients, students in the Clinic participate in a weekly seminar addressing substantive legal issues related to fieldwork projects. The seminar involves skills development components including interviewing, client counseling, and transactional lawyering-focused skills, such as negotiation, and drafting contracts, leases, and other business-related documents.
The successful candidate will have teaching and caseload responsibilities based on a model of clinical teaching concentrating upon the education of participating students through the representation of real clients. Appointment will be made at the entry-level position of Assistant Professor. Candidates must demonstrate 1) a strong academic background, 2) a strong practice background; 3) a capacity for and a commitment to producing scholarship, and 4) a capacity for and a commitment to be an effective teacher in the classroom and to spend significant time outside of class working with students.
Candidates are required to possess a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school, and a minimum of 5 years of related work experience. Candidates with a JD/MBA, or other related graduate degree, a plus. Must be admitted to practice in New York or eligible to be admitted to practice in New York. Experience with clinical pedagogy and/or in training, supervising, teaching and mentoring law students is a plus. Also required: Demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion and building community; excellent interpersonal skills; excellent oral and written communication skills; and strong organizational skills. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The Faculty Recruitment Committee will interview candidates in the New York State area, as well as at the AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference in October 2019 in Washington, D.C.
Application should include cover letter, curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and the contact information for three references.