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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

Founded in 1859, Michigan Law School is one of the world’s leading institutions of legal education and enjoys a reputation for academic excellence characterized by a powerful commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Michigan is consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, and enjoys international renown for its intellectual rigor, stunning physical surroundings, preeminent faculty scholarship, and a community noted for collegiality and warmth. Michigan Law has an exceptional and cooperative community of talented and interesting students, with 1000 in the JD and 40 in the LLM program. Our commitments to collegiality, to constructive and challenging debate, and to enabling our students to pursue a wide range of options explain why the Law School has long been committed to diversity along many dimensions. Our graduates serve with distinction in the private, public, non-profit, and academic sectors, in large numbers in every major market in the nation, as well as internationally.


The University of Michigan Law School is seeking to hire a Clinical Assistant Professor with a background in representing startup companies and existing ventures on patent law and other intellectual property law matters to teach in its Entrepreneurship Clinic (EC) starting next academic year.  

The EC students represent entrepreneurial ventures led by University of Michigan (UM) students, recent UM alumni, and non-UM startups and existing ventures in Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Southeastern Michigan. Typical matters include incorporation, financing, intellectual property, employment law, and other common early-stage legal issues.

Required Qualifications*

The successful applicant will have experience working with emerging technology companies and/or existing ventures on patent-related and other intellectual property law issues. Experience with or an interest in learning incorporation, financing, and other common early-stage legal issues is also highly desired, as is a strong interest in clinical teaching, a demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship-related training, and the potential for scholarship and success in clinical teaching. Candidates must hold a J.D. degree and be eligible for licensure in Michigan. 

Additional Information

This is a contractual appointment that can lead to Michigan’s version of clinical tenure.  Clinical faculty are initially appointed to a 3-year contract which will be renewed for a second term if the candidate demonstrates the potential to meet the standards for a presumptively renewable 7-year contract. They are considered for promotion to that presumptively renewable contract near the end of their second 3-year term. Clinical faculty have 9-month academic year appointments and are eligible for leaves and financial support for summer case coverage, special projects, and scholarship. They have governance rights that closely parallel tenured and tenure track faculty.  Michigan’s faculty salaries and benefits are extremely competitive.

At the University of Michigan, our dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion...U-M is committed to recruiting, selecting, and retaining a diverse and highly engaged staff community.

Contact Information

Questions can be directed to Associate Dean Debra Chopp at or 734-763-1948. The application deadline is September 30, 2018. Applicants should send a letter of interest and resume to: 

John W. Lemmer

Experiential Education Business Administrator

The University of Michigan LaSchool


Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.