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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 a talented civil and criminal litigator to teach, in alternating terms, in its Pediatric Advocacy Clinic (PAC) and Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic (CCLC) starting next academic year.

Both the PAC and CCLC are general practice poverty law clinics. The PAC is a medical-legal partnership that provides legal services to low-income families on issues connected to child health. Practice areas include education law, Medicaid appeals, and family and housing law. The CCLC represents low-income clients at trial and appellate levels across many substantive areas of practice, including housing, contracts, consumer and civil rights, discrimination, public benefits, and insurance. On the criminal side, students represent clients charged with misdemeanors from arraignment through trial, and handle post-judgment issues in serious felony cases.

Required Qualifications*

The successful applicant will have experience representing clients in both civil and criminal matters (or demonstrated experience in one and a willingness to develop expertise in the other), a demonstrated commitment to clinical teaching and public service, comfort with collaboration across disciplines, and the potential for excellence in clinical teaching. Experience in the substantive areas of each clinic’s practice, prior clinical or other legal teaching experience (including clinic administration), and scholarship are all highly desirable, though not required. 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 sabbaticals, summer financial support for case coverage, special projects, and writing. They have governance rights that closely parallel tenured and tenure track faculty.  Michigan’s faculty salaries and benefits are extremely competitive.

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


The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity employer.

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.