The University of Pennsylvania Law School invites applicants for the position of Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer in its in-house, live client, transactional law clinic. The Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic (ELC) was founded in 1982 as one of the nation’s first legal clinics devoted to the study and practice of transactional law. It serves both for-profit and non-profit organizational clients by placing students in the role of “lead counsel” for economically and socially impactful ventures.
The Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer will work closely with the Director of the ELC in all activities, including course planning, teaching, supervising and mentoring law students, representing clients, Clinic administration, and community education, engagement and outreach.
The successful applicant will challenge ELC students to practice and hone a variety of core competencies that will be critical in their early careers (fact development, framing and analyzing legal issues, negotiating and drafting, and client counseling), but also to develop critical capacities for exercising judgment, solving problems, cultivating a professional identity, communicating (through a variety of modes) with clients and supervisors, collaborating with peers, and managing projects, people and expectations.
Applicants should be licensed attorneys who have 4+ years of experience in a general business or transactional law practice and demonstrated acumen in business planning and structuring, negotiation, contract drafting, and community engagement. Admission to the Pennsylvania bar within one year is required. A record of strong academic achievement, commitment to improving society, and intellectual engagement with entrepreneurship and the law are essential. Teaching experience (or a passion for teaching), creativity, strategic thinking, and demonstrated ability to work with culturally and economically diverse groups are highly valued.
The successful applicant will begin no later than July 1, 2018. The position is a contract position that is annually renewable up to a maximum of 5 years. It is the Clinic’s goal and expectation that the selected candidate will receive training, mentoring, and experience in all aspects of teaching and leading a successful transactional clinic that will enable the individual to pursue a career in legal academia upon completion of service at Penn Law School including starting or directing a transactional law clinic at another law school.
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