Washington and Lee - Tenure-Track Clinical Professor of Law

14 Aug 2020 10:18 AM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

THE WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member to direct a clinic focusing in the area of civil rights and racial justice. A long-time leader in experiential legal education, W&L is excited to add to our array of in-house clinics. We look for an individual who will embrace and meaningfully contribute to our close-knit, collegial, and intellectually vibrant community. In this regard, clinical faculty at W&L have full voting and governance rights.

More than 30 years ago, W&L faculty designed and staffed a trial-level death penalty clinic focusing on capital cases in Virginia. With the recent retirement of that clinic’s director, the faculty has decided to shift the focus of that clinic to more broadly encompass civil rights and racial justice. We invite interested candidates to reimagine this clinic and guide it to the next chapter. Consistent with a desire to address the pressing needs of racial justice in the country, we are open to various approaches, and the precise focus of the clinic’s racial justice advocacy will depend on the experience and vision of the next director. The clinical curriculum at W&L prioritizes a client-centered approach to clinical advocacy and teaching.  W&L has invested significantly in clinics, externships, and practicum courses and requires students to complete a substantial number of experiential credits to graduate. 

We invite applications for a position as Assistant Clinical, Associate Clinical, or Clinical Professor of Law to begin July 1, 2021. The ideal candidate will have several years of practice experience in the field of civil rights and racial justice; a demonstrated commitment to fostering diverse and inclusive educational or work environments; experience in clinical pedagogy and excellence in the teaching and supervision of law students; and an interest in contributing to practical and scholarly conversations concerning civil rights and racial justice.

A central aspect of the mission of our Law School is to promote a diverse and collaborative intellectual community. To do so, we continually strive to foster an inclusive campus community, one that celebrates people of all backgrounds and identities. To further our mission, we are committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and student body. In that regard, we welcome candidates from members of communities that are traditionally under-represented in the legal profession and academia.


A J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school or equivalent is required. Candidates for the position must demonstrate a record of academic excellence and substantial teaching or legal practice experience.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit the following materials through the W&L application portal at http://apply.interfolio.com/77932: a letter describing their interest in the position, a current CV, a research agenda, and a list of references. Candidates who can contribute to the promotion of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community are encouraged to describe their strengths and demonstrated commitment to these goals as part of their letter of interest. Please address these materials to Professor J.D. King, chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee. Additionally, please feel free to reach out to him with any questions you may have at:

J.D. King

James P. Morefield

Professor of Law Washington and Lee University School of Law

Sydney Lewis Hall

Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 458-8518

All inquiries will be treated as confidential. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue. 


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