Closing Date: 31st July, 2024

Description:

Position Summary:
The University of Alabama School of Law seeks to fill the position of Assistant Dean of Public Interest Law and Assistant Professor of Law in Residence. The Assistant Dean will manage the organization, planning, and operations of the Public Interest Institute of the Law School. The Assistant Dean will also teach Public Interest Lawyering and other related courses.

Detailed Position Information
The University of Alabama School of Law seeks qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Dean of Public Interest Law and Assistant Professor of Law in Residence. The Assistant Dean will manage the organization, planning, and operations of the Public Interest Institute of the Law School. This includes, but is not limited to, oversight of:
  • public interest and public service employment and pro bono opportunities for students, including all government, judicial, and public interest law jobs.
  • public interest curricular initiatives, including traditional courses and certain externships.
  • student public interest activities, the student Public Interest Law Board, and the Dean's Community Service Award and Order of the Samaritan Award programs.
  • public interest law stipends awarded by the Law School.

The Assistant Dean will also play an important role in recruiting, advising, and mentoring students who show an interest in public service and/or public interest law practice and help students understand the public interest responsibilities of lawyers. The Assistant Dean will further the Law School's efforts to build community leaders, which is an important role for the State's only public law school. The Assistant Dean will also teach Public Interest Lawyering and other related courses and may have responsibilities related to supervision of certain externships.

We seek applications from entry-level and lateral candidates with demonstrated potential for outstanding leadership, teaching, and scholarship.

This is a year-round (12-month) contract position. The duration of the contract is for a period of three years. This position is non-tenure earning and does not include the possibility of tenure or security of position. Salary and benefits will be nationally competitive. All applications are confidential to the extent permitted by state and federal law; the position will remain open until filled.

Minimum Qualifications:
Distinguished academic credentials, including a J.D. from an accredited law school or an equivalent degree (such as a Ph.D. in a related field) and experience in public interest law or public service. Candidates must be licensed to practice law in Alabama or become licensed no later than one year after accepting the position. Entry-level candidates should demonstrate potential for strong teaching and scholarship.

Preferred Qualifications:
Instructions and Required Materials for Application
Please submit a CV/resume and letter of interest.

About the Division/College/School
If you are interested in joining an outstanding law school with a strong academic community, enviable student bar passage and employment rates, a low student-to-faculty ratio, and curricular offerings with breadth and depth, all within a supportive and diverse environment, then Alabama Law is the place for you.

Alabama Law has long been an excellent place to seriously engage in both teaching and scholarship, and the academic community is taking notice. Members of our faculty are engaging a wide range of issues that are at the heart of debates over substantive and procedural law, public policy, historical understandings, and philosophical values. Their scholarship is published in leading university presses including Oxford, Harvard, Cambridge, Princeton, Yale, and NYU.

Our faculty's academic engagement benefits our students, not only in the classroom but also as they enter the profession. Employment numbers for Alabama Law graduates nationwide continue to be a solid marker of the quality of our students and of the education they receive here. Recent data also indicate that Alabama Law is ranked among the top law schools for the percentage of graduates who secure federal judicial clerkships.

At the heart of what makes Alabama Law a superb place are our people—faculty, staff, and students. Here, you will find an impressive, motivated, and diverse community of colleagues. You can see and hear their contributions, not only in classrooms and hallways, but in other venues across the nation.

About the University
The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state's flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus.

A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. The University of Alabama has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is among the top doctoral research universities in the United States.

As the state's largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.