UConn: Long-Term Contract - Director of Criminal Clinic

01 Sep 2020 10:27 AM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT SCHOOL OF LAW seeks candidates for the position of Assistant Clinical Professor of Law to serve as the Director of the Criminal Clinic, an intensive law school clinical program focusing on indigent criminal defense, beginning July 1, 2021.  This is a non-tenure track position subject to the Law School’s Policy on Long-Term Contracts for Non-Tenure Track Clinical Faculty, which complies with ABA Standard 405(c) by providing security of position, perquisites and participation in faculty governance similar to tenure.  The person filling this position may be hired at the rank of assistant, associate, or full clinical professor, depending on experience. The School of Law is especially interested in candidates who will add to the diversity of our faculty and community. We welcome applications from people of color and other underrepresented minorities, women, LGBTQI+ individuals, people with disabilities, and other with experiences, backgrounds and viewpoints that will enrich the diversity of our institution. 

The Criminal Clinic is one of 18 clinics and field placement programs operated by the Law School, including a robust in-house clinical program that comprises clinics focusing on asylum, mediation, tax, intellectual property and animal law, and clinics run in partnership with non-profits affiliated with the law school that focus on child advocacy and transactional assistance to community organizations. It has garnered recognition statewide for training criminal defense lawyers and providing outstanding service to needy members of the community.  

Additional information about the Criminal Clinic and other clinics at UConn Law School can be found on the Law School’s website, at https://www.law.uconn.edu/academics/clinics-experiential-learning/clinics-field-placements.  A recently-published short book, “Born Fighting: Clinical Education at the University of Connecticut School of Law,” traces the clinic’s fifty-year history:  https://today.uconn.edu/school-stories/new-book-describes-history-uconn-law-clinic/.

Position duties include planning and teaching clinic classes and supervising clinic casework in the existing Criminal Clinic program, with the opportunity to engage in program design and development for further initiatives and growth in clinical programs and programs relating to criminal justice.  The Director also counsels students; participates in public service activities; serves on faculty committees; and is encouraged to teach additional courses outside the clinic consistent with the Director’s availability and interests, and curricular need.

The position provides opportunities and support for scholarly research and writing. Although other contributions to legal education, the legal profession and society are equally valued in awarding long-term contract status. This position is also being advertised as a tenure-track position for candidates who would like more emphasis to be placed on scholarly capacity and commitment as components of their work and criteria for evaluation. (Although there are two separate postings, there is only one position available. Candidates who wish to be considered under either track should submit application materials for both job postings.) Information about the Assistant/Associate/Professor of Law position can be found below in the "To Apply" section.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


  • A J.D. degree;
  • A minimum of five years of experience as a practicing lawyer or equivalent experience;
  • Membership in good standing in the bar of at least one state;
  • Membership in the Connecticut bar or the ability to become a member within one year of hire (Connecticut’s bar admission rules allow faculty members to be admitted without taking the Connecticut bar examination in some circumstances);
  • Significant experience practicing criminal defense law;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and advocacy skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently;
  • A demonstrated commitment to indigent criminal defense, public interest law, or pro bono legal work.


  • Clinical or other relevant teaching experience;
  • Experience in supervising law students or lawyers new to practice;
  • Significant criminal appellate experience;
  • Engagement with legal scholarship.


The position is at the Law School campus in Hartford. Salary will be commensurate with background, qualifications, and experience. 

Benefits include health insurance, retirement annuities and research support.


Applications must be submitted through Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16592. Please include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, list of three references, a writing sample, teaching statement, diversity statement, and recent teaching evaluations, if any. Review of applications will begin immediately. 

Any questions about application materials may be directed to the appointments committee chair at susan.schmeiser@uconn.edu. For questions about UConn Law clinical programs more generally, and the Criminal Clinic specifically, please contact the Associate Dean for Experiential Education, Paul Chill, at paul.chill@uconn.edu or the current Director of the Criminal Clinic, Professor Todd Fernow, at todd.fernow@uconn.edu

Please note, UConn School of Law has a concurrent posting for an Assistant/Associate/Professor of Law.  Should you wish to be considered for both positions view the posting through Academic Jobs Online:  https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16779.  Review of applications will begin immediately. 

One position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Application Materials Required:

Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Statement
  • Letter of Interest
  • Writing Sample
  • Recent Teaching Evaluations, if any(s) (optional)
  • Diversity Statement
  • Three References (no actual letters, just names and email addresses)
  • And anything else requested in the position description.

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University of Connecticut School of Law
55 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105-229


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