Boston University School of Law - Clinical Associate Professor - Technology Law Clinic

08 Oct 2020 11:54 AM | Rachel Settlage

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW is seeking exceptionally qualified and experienced candidates for a full-time Clinical Associate Professor position to serve as the Director of its Technology Law Clinic (the “Clinic”). This opening is for a non-tenure track clinical faculty position with a projected start date of July 1, 2021. The Clinic is part of a unique collaboration between BU Law and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is part of BU Law’s Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property, and Cyberlaw Program. The School of Law believes that the cultural and social diversity of our faculty, staff, and students is vitally important to the distinction and excellence of our academic programs. To that end, we are especially eager to hear from applicants who support our institutional commitment to BU as an inclusive, equitable, and diverse community. 

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, a top-tier law school with an international reputation, is a community of leading legal scholars, teachers, students, and alumni, dedicated to providing one of the finest legal educations in the world. Since our doors opened in 1872, we have admitted qualified men and women, without regard to race, sex, or religion. The breadth and depth of our curriculum, especially our clinical program, as well as our innovative spirit are distinctive in American legal education.  

The Clinic represents current students at MIT and BU on matters related to their technology-related research, advocacy, and innovation. The Clinic frequently advises clients in the areas of data privacy, intellectual property, computer access laws, media law, and technology regulatory compliance. Clinic faculty help law students assist clients in counseling, pre-litigation, and transactional settings, and possibly also in litigation matters, including response to cease-and-desist letters and litigation under open records laws. Clients often present novel questions of law in emerging areas of technology, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, encryption and cryptography, and novel methods of online platform scrutiny and analysis. 

The Clinic Director will be responsible for clinical teaching as well as coordination and oversight of all aspects of the operation and development of the program. Their primary responsibilities include: supervision and training of law students with client matters; teaching and developing curricular materials for the Clinic’s year-long seminar; managing the Clinic’s reporting to the oversight board and the senior leadership at both BU and MIT; planning the strategic growth and development of the Clinic; and collaborating with partners in Computing and Data Sciences, Computer Science, and other departments at BU and MIT on interdisciplinary initiatives in law and technology. 

The ideal candidate is a member of the Massachusetts bar or is eligible for membership via admission by motion, with at least six years of experience in data privacy, intellectual property, cybersecurity, and/or media law settings. Experience with clinical legal education, technology or media litigation, or sectoral data privacy regulation, is considered a plus. Exceptional writing, editing, organizational, and managerial skills are required. 

Since we opened our doors in 1872, Boston University School of Law has been committed to admitting and building our classes without regard to race, gender, or religion. We are dedicated to building a just, inclusive, and engaged community of faculty and students. We have more work to do to make our environment more just. Boston University School of Law is committed not only to the ideals of faculty diversity and inclusion but also to the work of creating and implementing practices that combat exclusion and inequity by race, gender, gender identity, disability status, religion, or other identities subject to historical subordination. We strive to foster a more inclusive intellectual culture that represents and encourages a broad range of intellectual traditions and approaches to the law. We welcome expressions of interest from applicants of all identities, intellectual traditions, and perspectives.  

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. 

How to Apply: 

Applicants should send a letter of interest and a resume before December 15, 2020, to the Faculty Appointments Committee at Boston University School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02215. Email applications are encouraged and should be sent to All open faculty positions are pending budgetary approval. 

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