University of Michigan Law School, Clinical Professors-Transactional Law Clinics Program

17 Sep 2019 1:51 PM | Rachel Settlage

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL’s Transactional Law Clinics Program is seeking to hire two clinical professors: one in the Community Enterprise Clinic and one in the Entrepreneurship Clinic.   

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Community Enterprise Clinic (CEC)

The CEC provides transactional legal services to nonprofit and community organizations, social enterprises, and neighborhood-based small businesses and entrepreneurs in Detroit and the metro Detroit area. The CEC works to support vibrant, diverse, and sustainable communities and provide creative solutions to the transactional needs of clients in order to promote community and economic opportunity, and build and sustain effective community institutions in Detroit and in other underserved urban areas.

The Clinic works with start-up and established clients. New organizations seek assistance in entity formation, governance, tax and regulatory compliance. More established organizations seek the CEC’s assistance to support their growth: as such, the CEC might draft and negotiate contracts and leases; create worker cooperatives and social enterprises; counsel regarding land use, permits and other regulations; provide tax advice on income-generating activities; advise on employment issues; counsel on risk management; and research and advise on intellectual property issues.

Entrepreneurship Clinic (EC)

The EC represents entrepreneurial ventures led by University of Michigan (UM) students, recent UM alumni, and non-UM startups and existing ventures in Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Southeastern Michigan. Typical matters include business entity formation, financing, intellectual property protection, contract drafting, employment law issues, and other common early-stage legal issues. The successful applicant will have a background in representing ventures, preferably startup ventures, on patent law and other intellectual property law matters. 

Who We Are

Founded in 1859, Michigan Law School is one of the world’s leading institutions of legal education and enjoys a reputation for academic excellence characterized by a powerful commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Michigan is consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, and enjoys international renown for its intellectual rigor, stunning physical surroundings, preeminent faculty scholarship, and a community noted for collegiality and warmth. Michigan Law has an exceptional and cooperative community of talented and interesting students, with 1000 in the JD and 40 in the LLM program. Our commitments to collegiality, to constructive and challenging debate, and to enabling our students to pursue a wide range of options explain why the Law School has long been committed to diversity along many dimensions. Our graduates serve with distinction in the private, public, non-profit, and academic sectors, in large numbers in every major market in the nation, as well as internationally. The University of Michigan is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is considered among the best places in the United States to live and work. 

Required Qualifications*

Candidates must have three years of experience in at least one of the CEC’s or EC’s core areas of practice, a strong interest in clinical teaching, a demonstrated commitment to engage in public interest lawyering through transactional work, and potential for scholarship and success as a clinical teacher. Candidates must hold a J.D. degree and be eligible for licensure in Michigan.

Additional Information

This is a full-time contractual appointment that can lead to Michigan’s version of clinical tenure. Clinical faculty have 9-month academic year appointments and are eligible for summer financial support for case coverage, special projects and writing. They have governance rights that closely parallel tenured and tenure track faculty. Michigan’s faculty salaries and benefits are extremely competitive. The University of Michigan Law School is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and quality engagement for all.  

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

How to Apply

Questions can be directed to Associate Dean Debra Chopp at or 734-763-1948. The position is open until filled but it is advisable to apply by September 24, 2019.   Applicants should send a letter of interest and resume to:  Robyn Grimes, Assistant to the Dean, 324 Hutchins Hall, 625 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109,

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.




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