Description:

The Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship of New York University School of Law is searching for a teaching fellow to begin as early as July 2022 for the 2022-23 and 2023-2024 academic years. This appointment will include supporting the Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship and teaching in the International Transactions Clinic.

Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship (Grunin Center):
The Grunin Center, the first center of its kind at a law school, was launched in the spring of 2017 (see http://www.law.nyu.edu/centers/grunin-social-entrepreneurship).

The mission of the Grunin Center is to accelerate the effective participation and enhance the community of lawyers and legal institutions engaged in social entrepreneurship and impact investing. In fulfilling this mission, the Grunin Center is committed to engaging in activities that will: 1) educate students and practicing lawyers about legal issues in the field of social entrepreneurship and impact investing, 2) disseminate knowledge and legal research about legal issues and policy developments in this field, and 3) collaborate with other field-building organizations, universities and research centers.

International Transactions Clinic (ITC):
Under the close supervision of ITC faculty, 8-12 JD candidates enroll in the ITC for a full academic year – two terms. (2-4 Foreign LLM candidates enroll for just the spring term). The ITC concentrates on teaching students skills that are critically important to their professional development as they enter into practice areas that involve international transactions. Students participating in the ITC learn drafting and negotiation skills as applied to cross-border transactions, build skills at structuring and documenting investments in enterprises that work primarily in emerging markets, analyze ethical issues that can arise in international business, and gain exposure to the types of disputes that can occur in the international context. Students also learn how to give legal advice and support clients that work in challenging business and legal environments.

Other information about the ITC is available at: http://www.law.nyu.edu/academics/clinics/international-transactions-jd.

See also the ITC’s 2020-2021 Annual Report, available at: https://www.law.nyu.edu/sites/default/files/ITC%20Annual%20Report%202020%202021%20-%20FINAL.pdf.

The ITC staff is comprised of one faculty member, one to two teaching fellows, and several pro bono, adjunct professors that provide supervision over the students’ work. The ITC also makes use of collaborating law firms that co-counsel with the ITC.

The teaching fellow will work with the rest of the ITC faculty, collaborating law firms, and the students on the client work, which consists of drafting and reviewing contracts, structuring transactions, advising on compliance matters and providing general corporate support to ITC clients. In between semesters and during breaks, the teaching fellow will have direct responsibility for client representation. The teaching fellow also will assist with researching and updating course materials, managing seminars and scheduling guest speakers, teaching and grading of course assignments, and client outreach. The teaching fellow also will be asked to lead portions of certain seminars depending on expertise and experience.

Responsibilities: Responsibilities of the teaching fellow will include activities such as:
  • Supervising law students engaged in the ITC as described above;
  • Assisting in management of the seminar portion of the ITC as described above;
  • Coordinating and shadowing supervisory support provided by the ITC’s pro bono, adjunct supervising attorneys and collaborating law firms;
  • Supporting convenings of the Grunin Center;
  • Conducting legal research and scholarship on issues related to social entrepreneurship and/or impact investing.

The teaching fellowship is a full time position with a requested commitment of two academic years.