Director of Public Interest Law

Lewis and Clark College
Oregon, United States
Salary Not Specified
Aug 21, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Director of Public Interest Law oversees the law school's public interest and public service career-related activities, including public interest career counseling, public service career fairs, and public interest pro bono opportunities, with a focus on assisting students and alumni in pursuing internships, fellowships, and post-graduate employment positions in public interest law, public service, and judicial clerkships.

  • Assist law students and alumni in pursuing internships, fellowships, and post-graduate employment positions in public interest law, public service, and judicial clerkships.
  • Provide information and counseling on public interest and public service careers and funding options to prospective/admitted students, current students, and alumni.
  • Administer the Judicial Clerkship Program, including student/alumni advising, liaising with the Faculty Employment and Judicial Clerkship Committee, and building relationships with judges and their staffs.
  • Organize and coordinate public interest, public service, pro bono career fairs and other events, promoting students' interaction with attorneys and prospective employers.
  • Arrange panel presentations, informational activities on judicial clerkships, public interest, and public service careers.
  • Serve as staff liaison to Faculty Public Interest Law Committee.
  • Administer the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) application process, and liaising with the Faculty LRAP Committee.
  • Coordinate with the Business office on the Federal Work Study Program, including maintaining and developing relationships with work study employers and answering student questions regarding work study.
  • Coordinate with the Public Interest Law Project (PILP) student group, and on-campus student organizations to help them develop, organize, and coordinate community service and pro bono activities sponsored by the student organizations. Serve as Staff Advisor for PILP and provide assistance as needed with fundraising activities and stipend distribution.
  • Foster leadership skills among students, encouraging them and supporting them in taking leadership roles in local, regional, and national groups promoting public interest and public service work.
  • Act as liaison between law school and bar associations or professional associations. When invited, serve on local, regional, and national advisory boards.

  • J.D.
  • 1 year of legal experience (significant clerking experience during law school may be substituted for post-graduate experience)
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to meet the needs of diverse student, staff, and faculty community
  • Knowledge of Portland public interest and public service employers and job market
  • Ability to think creatively and independently
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong computer and technical skills to include experience with or aptitude to learn career services software by 12Twenty, videoconferencing tools such as Zoom, virtual event planning, google tools, and Microsoft Suite tools.
  • Ability to work remotely under self-direction during traditional work hours

  • Lewis & Clark Law School alumni
  • 2+ years in a legal public interest/public service position
  • 1-2 years in a post-graduate judicial clerkship
  • Knowledge of national public interest and public service employers and job market
  • Understanding of LRAP and other loan repayment/forgiveness programs

  • Full-time
  • Benefits eligible: Yes
  • This position could potentially work remotely, including out of state (Oregon).

  • Commensurate with experience

  • The job works primarily at a desk or is otherwise involved in activities requiring little lifting, climbing or working in tiring positions.
  • Bending, Kneel/squat, Climbing (stairs), Standing, Sitting, Walking, Grasping/Gripping, Pinching/Squeezing, Reaching, Push/Pulling, Repetitive Hand Movements (e.g., typing), Seeing, Talking, Hearing

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