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Director, First Amendment Clinic, University of Illinois College of Law

The University of Illinois College of Law seeks a dynamic and accomplished legal practitioner to develop and direct a new clinic in First Amendment law. The clinic, supported by a generous grant from the Stanton Foundation, will focus on rights of speech, press, and assembly, and involve direct representation of parties in litigation. Responsibilities will include leadership of the clinic, management of the clinic’s caseload, supervision of students and a clinical fellow, and delivery of relevant course instruction. Applicants must have a J.D., be licensed in Illinois within one year of hire, have substantial experience as a practicing lawyer, and have experience or a strong interest in teaching, mentoring and supervising law students.

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is home to a distinguished and collegial national law school, founded in 1897 and situated within a premier research university that affords unrivaled opportunities for cutting-edge legal scholarship, innovative interdisciplinary work and extensive professional involvement with the dynamic and diversified Chicago legal community. Urbana-Champaign is a vibrant college-town community located about two hours south of Chicago and known for its “micro-urban” cultural amenities as well as for its exceptionally convenient quality of life.  

Depending on experience, the director will be hired on the College’s clinical faculty track as a Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, or Clinical Professor. The position is full time and, like other clinical-faculty-track positions, can lead to a presumptively renewable multi-year appointment. The College is also willing to consider lateral applications from tenured or tenure-track doctrinal faculty members at other schools interested in joining the College in a capacity that includes directing the new clinic. So as to ensure the clinic is up and running by the fall of 2023, the director should be available to start as early in 2023 as possible but in no event later than July 3, 2023.

The University of Illinois offers an outstanding and comprehensive benefit package. Salary is commensurate with experience.

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