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It is the mission of Duquesne University School of Law to train lawyers to a high degree of professional skill with a special, Catholic sensitivity to ethical and moral concerns. Clinical education is one of our instructional cornerstones. The goals of the Clinical Legal Education Program are threefold:

• To serve the community by providing good counsel

• To train students in the actual practice of law

• To promote the rewards of public service

Duquesne University School of Law is seeking candidates for the newly created position of Assistant Clinical Professor of Law beginning in the spring of 2014 or as soon thereafter as possible. The position is full-time, year-round, and will include a concurrent, non-tenure track faculty appointment.

This position will offer a practicing attorney with an interest in clinical teaching the opportunity to refine his or her teaching and supervisory skills while working together with experienced faculty members in the law school clinical program.

The successful candidate will serve as the Coordinator of the externship program and Supervising Attorney for a civil law clinic.

The Externship Coordinator will be responsible for providing vision and leadership in the development and operation of the Externship Program for JD students. As mandated by ABA Standard 305, the Externship Coordinator will develop and teach externship seminars, counsel students about the wide variety of approved externship opportunities available, assist students to secure appropriate externships, mentor students as they develop their professional identity and lawyering skills, review written journal submissions and timesheets from students, communicate with placement supervisors on a regular basis about student progress, engage in communications with the bar and bench to help secure new and appropriate placements for students, visit all local externship placement sites every three years, train placement supervisors, review potential and existing externship placements to ensure they are appropriate educational experiences and comply with ABA standards, work with administrative staff so that accurate records are maintained, maintain the externship program website and extensive mandated written materials, communicate with externship faculty at other law schools, and attend and participate in appropriate conferences.

The Supervising Attorney will be responsible for teaching a clinic. We seek to hire faculty committed to providing a powerful individual and collective learning experience that engages students actively in working collaboratively with underserved individuals and communities as they look to gain access to justice. Although applicants in any field of practice are welcome to apply, we strongly prefer candidates with civil experience.

The mission of Duquesne Law School's clinical program is to provide live-client experiential learning opportunities to second, third and fourth-year law students. Duquesne Law School clinical program includes a Family Law Clinic, Federal Litigation Clinic, Unemployment Clinic, Urban Development Clinic, Veterans' Law Clinic, and Civil Rights Clinic.

The Clinical Instructor will be responsible for choosing and supervising cases that allow for the development of interviewing, counseling, negotiation, drafting, research, trial advocacy skills and related practice skills. The clinical instructor's duties will include supervision of clinic students' casework, appearing in court, and, together with other clinical faculty, planning and teaching classes and simulation exercises. The Supervising Attorney will work with the Clinical Director and a member of the doctrinal faculty.

Applicants should have practice experience and an academic record that demonstrate the potential for clinical teaching. Prior clinical or other legal teaching experience (including clinic administration) is highly desirable. Candidates must hold a J.D. degree and be eligible for licensure in Pennsylvania (before applying for the position, out of state candidates should review Pennsylvania Board of Bar Examiners Rule 311.)

Minimum qualifications for the position include admission to practice before the highest court of any state, at least three years of law-related professional experience after law school, strong oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and strong organizational skills. We seek candidates with an interest in clinical teaching and previous experience working with low-income communities.

Preferred qualifications include at least five years of law-related professional experience after law school, substantial experience supervising externs, substantial law school teaching experience, and substantial experience in two or more of the following areas: judicial clerkship, work as a prosecutor or public defender, public interest practice, or government agency practice.

To apply, please email a (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) writing sample, and (4) names and telephone numbers of three references to Professor Martha Jordan, Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee at lawrecruitment@duq.edu. Electronic submissions only. Candidates are strongly discouraged from mailing materials to the Faculty Recruitment Committee. The application period will close February 15, 2014, or earlier if the position is filled. A writing sample is required. Applicants will be notified if an interview is to be scheduled. No phone inquiries, please.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. We especially encourage applications from racial minorities, women, and others who would enrich the diversity of our academic community.

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.