Position Summary:
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law seeks an outstanding lawyer-educator to direct and teach its Clinic for Asylum, Refugee & Emigrant Services (CARES) . The CARES Clinic represents individuals in immigration proceedings and advocates on issues impacting immigrant communities. The Director will be a full-time continuing non-tenure track (governed by ABA Standard 405©) member of the faculty, potentially eligible to transfer to the unitary tenure track after two years of service. We anticipate a start date of July 1, 2023.

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect, and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Oversee all aspects of administration of the CARES Clinic, including but not limited to conducting outreach to clients, selecting cases, reporting to funding sources, and maintaining files.
  • Along with the CARES Clinical Fellow, co-teach the clinic seminar, including classes focused on lawyering skills, professional development, and ethical practice, employing clinical teaching methods.
  • Supervise all aspects of student practice employing clinical teaching pedagogy and serve as the supervising attorney of record in Clinic cases.
  • Supervise the Clinical Fellow in the CARES clinic, whose duties will include teaching, representing clinic clients and organizing an annual symposium on immigrant justice.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • JD required.
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, clinical teaching methodology is required.
  • Relevant legal practice experience, including experience litigating asylum matters, is required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.
  • Excellent clinical teaching ability, including an ability to work both collaboratively and independently and a demonstrated interest in and aptitude for student supervision and teaching, is required.
  • Expertise in relevant substantive areas of law is required.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Prior clinical teaching experience is preferred.
  • 5 years of legal experience is preferred.
  • Pennsylvania bar membership or an ability to waive into the Pennsylvania bar is preferred.

Special Message to Applicants:
All applications must be submitted online and must include:
  • Application cover letter.
  • Current and complete curriculum vitae.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy.
  • List of 3 references. We will contact the references for finalists only.
  • Unofficial academic transcripts are required to submit application. Official transcripts will be required from finalists only.
  • Review of applications will begin upon receipt and continue until the position is filled.