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Director of Externships and Pro Bono Programs

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Work type: Restricted
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: School of Law

The Director will be responsible for teaching and administering the School of Law's JD externship program, offered every term with more than 200 field placements annually in California, the United States, and global sites. The duties include course and program design, teaching in the classroom and other modes, placement approval, supervisor training and engagement, intensive student advising, and managing enrollment and assessment systems. The Director works with the Clinical Program Manager for administrative and technical matters and with the Assistant Dean of Clinical Education and Global Programs to ensure compliance and educational excellence. The Director works with the Career Development Office to post and promote placements and with law faculty who serve as advisors. The Director will work with faculty and staff to facilitate externships in Washington DC, London, and other international sites. The Director works extensively with hundreds of field placements and supervisors to ensure the students’ work and experiences advance high academic and professional objectives. The Director will participate in local and national professional organizations dedicated to externship education.

The Director will direct the School of Law's pro bono program. This includes opportunities for creative program design and renewed engagement with external and internal partners, student organizations, and communities in need. The School of Law encourages robust pro bono and volunteer work to advance the School of Law's missions of service and professional formation. The Director will have the opportunity to study, design, and implement volunteer pro bono programs and will participate actively in local, state, national, and international pro bono organizations.

This is a twelve-month position with teaching and administrative responsibilities in Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. The Director will also have an appointment as adjunct faculty.


  • Advise every student in an externship every semester to approve field placements and confirm student planning.
  • Teach externship workshops and provide on-going, continuous, faculty-guided reflection in various forms and modes. Liaise and communicate regularly and effectively with field supervisors and field placements and other external partners and stakeholders.
  • Develop and implement voluntary pro bono programs.
  • Manage significant externship documentation and records with the Clinical Program Manager.
  • Conduct regular orientations for students in externships and considering externships.
  • Conduct periodic program reviews to improve learning outcomes and student experiences.
  • Perform additional duties as necessary or required.
  • Uphold University mission through work performed.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school. At least three years of active law practice experience. License to practice law in good standing with a bar association in the United States. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, high volume practice, with a wide range of constituents within the diverse law school community, including teaching fellows, program assistants, faculty members, and the law school administration. Ability to make consistent application of standards to evolving situations, and the ability to manage significant documentation, records, and correspondence with students and field placements.

Preferred: At least five years of active law practice experience in diverse practice areas. Experience teaching in law school or other contexts. License to practice law in California in good standing.

Ideal candidates will have diverse practice experience and demonstrable interest in different contexts, as well as a strong academic record and experience working in a higher education setting in the areas of teaching, academic assistance, academic counseling, or similar administrative, or practice experience.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening. Qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with applicable laws.

This is a Restricted, Exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

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