Clinical Assistant/Clinical Associate/Clinical Professor of Law & Director of the International Human Rights Clinic (OPEN RANK) – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law is seeking applicants for the position of Clinical Assistant Professor/Clinical Associate Professor/Clinical Professor of Law & Director of the International Human Rights Clinic.  Applicants will be considered for continuous appointment to USC Gould’s clinical professor track (clinical assistant, associate, or full professor). This is an open rank search, meaning that we may hire a full, associate, or assistant professor depending on experience. All ranks in this appointment are part of the year-round Research, Teaching, Practitioner, or Clinical (RTPC) faculty positions. This is a full-time, non-tenure track position.  The position will begin in the 2024-2025 academic year.

The International Human Rights Clinic (“IHRC”) was established in 2010 and is one of seven clinical offerings at USC Gould. Student interest in the IHRC runs high, and the IHRC has been very successful at helping students gain invaluable experience domestically and internationally. The Director will have the opportunity to develop a vision for the direction of the IHRC.  The Director will be responsible for all aspects of running the IHRC, including teaching the related clinical seminar; intensive supervision and mentoring of law students; course planning and teaching; curriculum development; client and or project selection; individual case and or project work; and clinic administration.  Clinical faculty members also teach one non-clinical course per year in addition to the clinic, have service responsibilities, and participate in faculty governance. 

To learn more about the IHRC, please visit: https://humanrightsclinic.usc.edu/ and  https://gould.usc.edu/academics/experiential/clinics/ihrc/. We welcome applications from qualified practitioners as well as academics.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate;
  • At least five years of relevant practice experience in the areas of international human rights law, international humanitarian law, or international criminal law;
  • Excellent academic record;
  • Active bar admission;
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills;
  • Experience with directing and managing complex projects;
  • Experience with, commitment to, and cultural competence for working in a diverse professional and client environment;
  • Commitment to clinical education.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience supervising law students;
  • Prior legal teaching experience.

The salary range is commensurate with experience. USC offers a competitive benefits package. USC Benefits information can be found here: https://employees.usc.edu/benefits-perks/. The annual base salary range for this position is $140,000 – $170,000 for Clinical Assistant Professor; $150,000 – $200,000 for Clinical Associate Professor and $160,000 – $210,000 for full Clinical Professor positions. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

Applications must include a letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the IHRC Director position, a CV, a writing sample (or citation to a publication), and contact information for three references.

Applications should be submitted electronically by 5:00 PM Pacific Time on October 2, 2023, but applicants are encouraged to apply earlier. 

Founded in 1896, the USC Gould School of Law has a distinguished past built on the principles of equity and excellence, and the courage to break new ground. USC first introduced legal education in Southern California. Today, the law school continues to make history through its philosophy of innovation and through its people. USC Gould cultivates analytical ability, ethical values, and a spirit of collegiality that prepare students for meaningful careers benefiting society. It was one of the first law schools to engage students in clinical programs and remains a leader in experiential education. 

Equity, diversity, inclusion, opportunity and access are of central importance to the USC Gould School of Law.  Gould holds a unique position in society, and within the university, as every aspect of these principles are influenced by and can be protected through legal rules and institutions.  At Gould, we are proudly committed to maintaining a community in which each person respects the rights of others to live, work, and learn in peace and dignity, to be proud of who and what they are, and to have equal opportunity to realize their full potential as individuals and members of society.

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