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The University of Michigan Law School’s Transactional Law Clinics Program is seeking to hire two clinical professors: one in the Community Enterprise Clinic and one in the Entrepreneurship Clinic.
Community Enterprise Clinic (CEC)
The CEC provides transactional legal services to nonprofit and community organizations, social enterprises, and neighborhood-based small businesses and entrepreneurs in Detroit and the metro Detroit area. The CEC works to support vibrant, diverse, and sustainable communities and provide creative solutions to the transactional needs of clients in order to promote community and economic opportunity, and build and sustain effective community institutions in Detroit and in other underserved urban areas.
The Clinic works with start-up and established clients. New organizations seek assistance in entity formation, governance, tax and regulatory compliance. More established organizations seek the CEC’s assistance to support their growth: as such, the CEC might draft and negotiate contracts and leases; create worker cooperatives and social enterprises; counsel regarding land use, permits and other regulations; provide tax advice on income-generating activities; advise on employment issues; counsel on risk management; and research and advise on intellectual property issues.
Entrepreneurship Clinic (EC)
The EC represents 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 business entity formation, financing, intellectual property protection, contract drafting, employment law issues, and other common early-stage legal issues. The successful applicant will have a background in representing ventures, preferably startup ventures, on patent law and other intellectual property law matters.
Candidates must have three years of experience in at least one of the CEC’s or EC’s core areas of practice, a strong interest in clinical teaching, a demonstrated commitment to engage in public interest lawyering through transactional work, and potential for scholarship and success as a clinical teacher. Candidates must hold a J.D. degree and be eligible for licensure in Michigan.
This is a full-time contractual appointment that can lead to Michigan’s version of clinical tenure. Clinical faculty have 9-month academic year appointments and are eligible for 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. The University of Michigan Law School is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and quality engagement for all.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Internal Number: 177780
About University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.