University of Texas at Austin School of Law — Clinical Professor of Law, Immigration Clinic

02 Dec 2014 11:08 AM | Maritza Karmely (Administrator)

Position Announcement:      Clinical Professor, Immigration Clinic

                                                University of Texas School of Law

The School of Law at the University of Texas at Austin has an opening for a clinical professor in the Immigration Clinic. The successful candidate will start in August 2015 and will join a community of over 25 faculty members who teach in the clinical program.

The opening is for a full-time, nine-month appointment. It is a non-tenure track position, with an initial one-year contract and thereafter a three-year, rolling, presumptively renewable contract. 

The Immigration Clinic has been part of the Clinical Program at UT Law for sixteen years.  The successful candidate will join the Immigration Clinic director, Clinical Professor Denise Gilman, in teaching and supervising Immigration Clinic students.  The clinic’s faculty teaches substantive immigration law and provides instruction and guidance in legal advocacy techniques, while encouraging students to explore models for effective, ethical and collaborative lawyering.  The clinical faculty provides mentorship and supervision for students but ensures that students take on the primary responsibility and decision-making authority for their cases.  Approximately 16 students enroll in the clinic each semester, as new or advanced clinic students.

The Immigration Clinic represents vulnerable low-income immigrants from all over the world before the immigration and federal courts and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).   The clinic’s caseload varies each semester but is primarily focused on detention and deportation defense and asylum cases.  In addition to handling a specific caseload, students in the clinic provide pro-se assistance and direct legal representation to migrants held at immigration detention centers, particularly asylum seekers held at the Hutto and Karnes detention facilities.  Clinical faculty and students also engage in larger national and international human rights advocacy projects and collaborate with national organizations to reform and improve the rights of immigrants in the United States.

More information about the Immigration Clinic can be found here:

Responsibilities include:

-          Co-teaching (with existing faculty) the classroom component of the clinic;

-          Supervising students in their work on cases and other projects;

-          Participating in the management of the clinic, including selection of students and budget decision-making;

-          Selecting cases and projects for the clinic;

-          Directly representing clients in proceedings before the Department of Homeland Security, the immigration court system and the federal courts;

-          Engaging in service to the law school, the university, and the community, which may include serving on law school and university committees, participating in scholarly presentations or CLE programs, aiding law-reform efforts, serving as an expert for news media and other audiences as well as other activities.


- Member of any State Bar;

- At least five years of experience in immigration law and practice;

- Fluency in Spanish;

- A demonstrated interest in direct representation of migrants as well as systemic reform;

- Experience supervising law students and/or junior attorneys; and

- Teaching experience preferred.


The annual salary will be $98,000 to $110,000 for nine months, depending on experience.


Applications should be submitted by email, by December 20, 2014, to:

Denise Gilman

Immigration Clinic

University of Texas School of Law

727 East Dean Keeton Street

Austin, TX 78705

(512) 232-1292

Please include a letter of interest, a resume or c.v., a writing sample, and the names of three references.

The University of Texas School of Law is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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