Florida A&M University College of Law - Director of Legal Clinics and Field Placement Program

08 Dec 2020 9:24 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW welcomes applications for appointment to the position of Associate or Full Professor of Law and Director of Legal Clinics and Field Placement Program to administer and direct the College of Law’s clinic and field placement program and to teach clinic and field placement courses on a full-time basis at its Orlando, Florida, location starting in the 2021-2022 academic year. Responsibilities of the Director include administering and overseeing the program, and developing systems, procedures, policies and programs to ensure the maintenance and growth of a viable, visible, dynamic and nationally recognized law school clinical and field placement program that supports the mission of the College of Law. The Director of the program manages the day-to-day administration of operational details of the clinics and the field placements in a manner that supports and enhances the overall functioning of the program, and ensures that goals and objectives specified for the program are accomplished in accordance with priorities, time and funding limitations, University policies or other specifications. The Director’s administrative responsibilities include developing and managing relationships with legal service providers who partner with the law school to provide quality field placements. In addition to cultivating existing relationships and to identifying and developing new relationships with legal service providers, the Director will take the lead in advising students on complying with experiential learning requirements. The Director will assist in ensuring the law school’s compliance with the ABA’s experiential learning standards. The Director also recruits and supervises the administrative support staff of the clinic and recommends training and skill development as needed. This position is a full-time tenure track or tenured faculty position. The Director of Legal Clinics and Field Placement position is a twelve (12) month contractual position. Ideally, applicants should have five (5) or more years of teaching experience at the law school level, academic records denoting excellence, and a demonstrated commitment to teaching, scholarship and research, and service.

Clinical faculty teach in both the day and evening programs, depending on curricular need. Clinical faculty attend faculty meetings and serve on faculty committees.

Located in beautiful and sunny downtown Orlando - one of the most highly sought venues in the southeastern United States - the College is housed in a 160,000 square foot, state of the art facility.  Strategically situated in the heart of Orlando's thriving downtown business community, the College of Law lies within walking distance of federal and state courts, major law firms, art galleries and important civic arenas.  The College of Law has a current enrollment of approximately 500 full and part-time students. The student body ranks as one of the most diverse in the nation. The College of Law boasts a diverse faculty composed of thoughtful and productive scholars from nearly every walk of legal life, including diplomatic, military, and government service, large and small private law practice, international organizations, and the judiciary. Increasing the number of minority lawyers in Florida able to practice law upon passing the bar is central to the College's mission.    

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants for this position must possess a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school, have a strong academic record, and excellent writing and communication skills. The successful candidate must have been admitted to a state bar and, if not already a member of the Florida bar, become so within 18 months of accepting the appointment. Applicants should have at least five (5) years of legal work experience beyond graduation from their JD degree. Preference will be given to candidates with strong post-law school experience as instructors or professors at the college, university, and law school levels; in the practice of law; and as judicial law clerks at the federal and state levels.

Additional Details: Florida A&M University College of Law is an equal opportunity employer and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Candidates from underrepresented and underserved groups are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the position, and to apply electronically, please visit: http://www.famu.edu/index.cfm?hr&Careers@FAMU 

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Contact: Applicants may direct inquiries to Professor Maritza Reyes, Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee, Florida A&M University College of Law, 201 Beggs Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801.  Email: mreyesrecruitment@famu.edu.



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