Duke Law Clinical Teaching Fellow

August 31, 2017

Duke University School of Law has an opening for a Clinical Teaching Fellow in our new Clinical Teaching Fellows Program. This may be either a two or three year appointment and is intended to provide training, support and professional development for young lawyers with a demonstrated interest in exploring a career in clinical teaching.   The relevant information is set out below.

We will consider candidates with an interest in teaching in any of our existing clinics, but particular areas of opportunity exist within our two transactional clinics, the Community Enterprise Clinic and the Start-Up Ventures Clinic. The ideal candidate will have at least two-years of practice experience, a demonstrated interest in clinical teaching and practice, and be prepared to work with our current clinical faculty to supervise students, help teach the applicable clinic seminar, and be engaged in other aspects of the Clinical Program.

In addition to their clinical teaching and broader responsibilities within the Clinical Program, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to pursue other interests, such as non-clinical teaching, as well as other activities appropriate to their professional goals, including traditional legal or clinical scholarship. The precise contours of the position will be tailored to the strengths and interests of the successful applicant and formalized with his or her input. In addition to a strong commitment to clinical legal education, the ideal candidate will offer:

(1) Relevant legal experience and a strategy for how to translate that into the Clinical Program for the benefit of our clients/partner organizations and students;

(2) A deep commitment to access to justice that is consistent with the ethos of the Duke Law clinics, as well as a creativity to deploy legal skills toward this end;

(3) Demonstrated potential for excellence in clinical teaching and mentoring; and

(4) A clear and articulated vision for how this Fellowship will advance his or her future professional goals.  

Most, but not all, of our clinics will require that Clinical Teaching Fellows either be a member of the North Carolina Bar or be eligible for admission and willing to become a member.

Duke University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. People of color, women and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest that, among other things, specifies the Clinic in which the candidate would propose to conduct her or his Fellowship, and résumé via email to Sandra Pettiford at pettiford@law.duke.edu.

All applications must be received no later than midnight on Friday, September 29, 2017.


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