Clinical Legal Education Association

Washington and Lee University School of Law - Externship Program Director and Professor of Practice

08 Mar 2017 6:21 PM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)

Washington and Lee’s Externship Program offers third-year law students the opportunity to earn academic credit through internships, in non-profit, governmental, and private practice settings. Washington and Lee University seeks to appoint a Director of the program. This is a full-time position that includes both teaching and administrative responsibilities. This is a non-tenure track position with no expectation of scholarly production. 

The Program Director oversees all aspects of the program’s operation and is responsible for ensuring that students enjoy a rigorous, high-quality educational experience in the program. The Director teaches in the program, advises students, communicates with the students’ supervisors, visits field placements, and maintains and expands externship opportunities throughout the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. The Director will also oversee the DC Program, which offers opportunities for approximately 12 students each fall to have an externship in Washington, D.C., which is approximately 3 hours from Washington and Lee University. The Director will be expected to periodically travel to DC for brief visits approximately every two weeks during the fall semester. 

The externship program is a crucial component of Washington and Lee’s focus on experiential education and professional development. The Director will actively collaborate with the clinical faculty and the administrative staff in the Office of Career Strategy. 

The Director must have a strong record of, or demonstrated potential for, effective teaching in an experiential setting and strong administrative skills. The Director must be familiar with best practices in the field and ensure that the law school is exceeding applicable regulatory standards. The ideal candidate will bring skill, energy and vision to the program. 

Candidates must hold a J.D. degree, have a strong academic record, and at least three years of law related professional experience after law school. Prior clinical or externship teaching experience is preferred but not essential. 

The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience but will not fall below $65,105 annually with benefits. 

Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

Washington and Lee University School of Law is an Equal Opportunity that adheres to a robust nondiscrimination policy. Our school has a firm commitment to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and, in that regard, we welcome candidates who are members of communities traditionally under-represented in the legal profession and academia. 

Send a cover letter describing your interest in the position and a current curriculum vitae to: c/o Debbie Price at: priced@wlu.edu

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