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Clinical-Assistant/Associate/Professor in the Criminal Defense Practicum

The University of Georgia School of Law invites applications to fill a full-time, Clinical Faculty position directing its Criminal Defense Practicum. The open rank position will begin in August 2020.

The Practicum is the evolved version of a clinical program that began in 1967. The UGA School of Law created the public defender office for the Western Judicial Circuit, staffed it with attorneys and support staff, and owned and operated it until 2005. In its present configuration the Practicum presents as an externship program, through which 2d and 3d year law students intern with the Western Circuit Public Defender Office, which is a ten minute walk from the Law School. That office handles the full range of criminal cases. The Practicum Clinical Faculty member does direct representation, with student involvement, is responsible for weekly seminars, the organization of the externship program, and cooperatively working with the public defender office and the courts. There is room for significant re-design and further evolution of the program – it presently is a hybrid model, mostly externship based but with a clinical component.


Position: Clinical-Assistant/Associate/Professor in the Criminal Defense Practicum
Organization: The University of Georgia School of Law
Location: Athens,  GA 
United States
Salary: Based on position offered.
Posting Start Date: 11/12/2019
Date Posted: 11/12/2019

Applicants must have a J.D. from an ABA accredited university and be licensed to practice law in at least one U.S. jurisdiction. Candidates must be licensed to practice law in Georgia by June 1, 2021.

The successful candidate will be hired at the Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, or Clinical Professor rank. For information on the criteria for each rank, please see the University of Georgia School of Law Clinical Faculty Appointment and Promotion Criteria Documents:

Candidates for the position should possess outstanding trial and lawyering skills with substantial record in the practice of criminal defense.

The successful applicant will have demonstrated teaching ability and demonstrated research and writing ability. Applicants should have a good working knowledge of clinical legal education and preferably a significant record therein. The position requires the ability to conduct lecture, discussion and simulation based classes, to work with local public defender offices, engage directly in client representation, model excellent, client centered criminal defense advocacy, supervise students engaged in direct representation, think innovatively with respect to clinic/externship design and processes, and effectively organize the administration of the program. Position also requires writing and publication consistent with the requirements of the UGA School of Law Clinical Professor Track, participation in regional and national discourse regarding substantive and pedagogical topics, and the ability to contribute and demonstrate leadership in the educational and service mission of the School of Law. The ability to take initiative and to think creatively about program design is definitely preferred.


Status: This listing expires on: 2/10/2020
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The University of Georgia School of Law

Athens,  GA 30602
United States
Ellie Lanier - Associate Dean for Clinics and Externships