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Assistant Professor/Director of Legal Services Clinic

Date Posted: 08/02/2013
Employer: University of Wyoming College of Law
Location: Laramie, WY
Job Type: Full-Time

The University of Wyoming College of Law (UWCOL) seeks to hire a tenure-track clinical faculty member to start in January 2014 or at the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic year to serve as Director of the UWCOL’s Legal Services Clinic (clinic). The Director’s responsibilities will include teaching, field supervision of students, administration, and strategic planning for the clinic. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will teach two additional courses per year. We particularly welcome candidates with teaching and research interests in professional responsibility, legal writing, alternative dispute resolution, litigation-related courses, or business-related courses. In addition, the UWCOL encourages expressions of interest from applicants who have established, or are establishing, national reputations as teachers and scholars in clinical education, and encourage applications from experienced practitioners who are interested in public service.

UWCOL has an ongoing commitment to providing students with meaningful opportunities for experiential learning. In hiring for this position, we seek to further enhance the UWCOL’s status as a model for providing outstanding experiential learning opportunities for students. The clinic provides third year law students the opportunity to represent low income clients in civil legal matters. Student interns in the clinic, under the supervision of the director, handle a wide array of cases including divorce, child custody, domestic violence protection orders, stalking orders, guardian ad litem appointments in juvenile and domestic relations cases, consumer debt, public benefits, return of property, and immigration issues. The clinical programs operate pursuant to Wyoming Supreme Court rules that permit third-year law students to practice law under the supervision of a UW law professor or a Wyoming Bar member.

During the academic year, the clinic is structured as a 3-credit course which students may take for one or two semesters; enrollment is usually 6-8 students per semester. The clinic also operates during the summer and is staffed by 3-4 student interns who are paid to work full-time, and sometimes a few other students who take the clinic for credit. The faculty director of the clinic is assisted by a student director who handles some of the administrative responsibilities of the clinic.

At UWCOL, faculty members teaching in the clinical programs hired as tenured or tenure-track faculty enjoy the same status as the rest of the law faculty, including parity in salary and benefits, rights to the tenure and promotion process, the same voting rights, eligibility for sabbaticals, eligibility for summer research stipends, eligibility for professional development travel funds, eligibility for funds for research assistants, rights to the same office space and support staff, and the same academic titles as appropriate per appointment and promotion. (Clinic directors receive supplemental compensation for supervising the clinics during the summer). The successful candidate will be subject to the same core responsibilities as the rest of the law faculty and, as such, will be required to demonstrate excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service in accordance with the standards and time lines established by University of Wyoming and UWCOL tenure and promotion policies, dependent on whether hired for a tenured, tenure-track, or visiting position.

Application Instructions:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, to be assured full consideration, candidates should submit their materials by September 1, 2013. Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a CV, (3) a list of three references with their contact information, and (4) a one-page statement of the applicant’s philosophy on teaching and supervision in an experiential learning setting. These materials should be sent either electronically or in hard copy to:

Professor Diane Courselle
Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee
University of Wyoming College of Law
Dept. 3035
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071