Director of the New American Legal Clinic



San Joaquin College of Law announces the availability of the position of Director of the New American Legal Clinic (“NALC”), the Law School’s in-house immigration law clinic. This is a full-time professorship. In addition to administrative duties, the position includes a teaching responsibility and requires active participation in faculty governance of the law school.

Position Summary

The Clinic Director (“Director”) is ultimately responsible for all clinic operations and client representation. The Director establishes short and long-term goals and provides leadership, guidance, and direction to achieve those goals. The Director analyzes and evaluates, on a regular basis, the effectiveness of all NALC operations and makes necessary changes. In addition, the Director is responsible for establishing, teaching, maintaining, and evaluating the effectiveness of the educational component of NALC. The Director provides mentorship and guidance to all students and clinic personnel in their representation of NALC clients, and regularly evaluates, trains, and gives constructive feedback to students and clinic personnel. As a faculty member, the Director carries a teaching load, and shares responsibility for governance of the school through individual and committee assignments.

Minimum Requirements

Education: J.D., L.L.B., or L.L.M, from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association or the California Committee of Bar Examiners.

Licensure: Admission to the California State Bar

Experience: Five to seven years of relevant experience in Immigration Law; previous leadership and management experience, preferably in a non-profit or clinic environment, and willingness to self-teach new areas of law and/or legal skills.

Knowledge and Skills: Must have the ability to teach law, effectively, to a diverse population of students; ability to work in a collaborative and diverse environment with other faculty, students, and administration; ability to develop students and staff in a clinic environment; ability to assess student and staff performance successfully; fluency in another language, preferably Spanish.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

• Establish overall vision, mission, scope, and goals for the immigration clinic and create policies and standards to achieve those goals.

• Provide direct representation to clients in immigration matters.

• Provide or oversee provision of sound legal advice and guidance to clients.

• Management of day-to-day operations of the clinic, including scheduling, training, coaching and performance evaluations of clinic personnel, oversight to ensure compliance with wage and hour law and college policy.

• Create, develop, and oversee the educational curriculum in support of NALC; ensure that students complete the required clinic hours to qualify for credit.

• Recruit and encourage students to participate in the clinic.

• Oversee systems and data to ensure security and accuracy of information necessary for compliance with private and public grants and reporting; provide data to the Dean as needed; participate with the Dean in grant writing; identify prospective partnerships for purposes of grant opportunities to support the financial needs of the clinic.

• Develop and oversee the implementation of policies and procedures related to use of volunteers and law students/legal interns to support the clinic.

• Create and maintain relationships with community groups and collaborating legal services providers, including private practitioners and relevant bar associations.

• Oversee organization and implementation of the clinics participation in community events; representation of the clinic in media opportunities.

• Other administrative responsibilities such as maintaining liability insurance, and ensuring proper case management.

• Ability to work nights and weekends, when needed, to support events.

Information about the College of Law is available on its website at

San Joaquin College of Law provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, and military and/or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume or CV, and a list of references to Professor Jeffrey G. Purvis, Faculty Chair, at Application materials will be accepted until position is filled. All inquiries and applications will be held in the strictest of confidence.