Clinical Supervisor & Lecturer: Civil Practice Clinic

University of Pennsylvania
July 29, 2022
Philadelphia, PA
Job Type


The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School invites applicants for the position of Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer in its Civil Practice Clinic. The Civil Practice Clinic (CPC) is Penn Carey Laws oldest in-house, live client clinic. It enjoys a long and distinguished history of providing high-quality, legal assistance to indigent clients in a broad range of civil litigation matters, while promoting the professional development of students who serve as the front-line lawyers for their clients.

The Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer will work closely with the Director of the CPC and other CPC faculty in all activities, including course planning, teaching, supervising and mentoring law students, representing clients, and coordinating with other providers of civil legal assistance in the local community. The Clinical Supervisor will assist CPC students in developing and enhancing core lawyering competencies including client interviewing, case planning, client counseling, fact development, problem solving, legal research and writing, ethical decision-making, negotiation, and trial presentation skills. Students are certified by state and federal courts to engage in all aspects of lawyering under faculty supervision, and they provide legal assistance individually and in teams on matters such as housing, consumer, employment, public benefits, civil rights, and civil asset forfeiture. Students also participate in weekly case rounds discussions of their cases where they engage collaboratively in problem solving on difficult substantive and ethical issues that arise in litigation.

The successful applicant will begin as soon as practicable with the hope of having someone join our team to begin teaching in the fall semester. The position is a contract position that is annually renewable up to a maximum of 5 years. It is the Clinics goal and expectation that the selected candidate will receive training, mentoring, and experience in all aspects of teaching, supervising, and running a successful litigation clinic that will enable the individual to pursue a career in legal academia, if desired, upon completion of service at Penn Carey Law. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Applicants should be licensed attorneys who have 5+ years of experience in civil litigation, a strong commitment to promoting access to justice, and a demonstrated interest in nurturing student development. Admission to the Pennsylvania bar within one year is required. The successful applicant will possess excellent organizational, communication, and advocacy skills and will be someone who works well independently and as a member of a team. A record of strong academic achievement, commitment to serving diverse, low-income communities, and intellectual engagement with the law are essential. Teaching experience (or a passion for teaching), creativity, and strategic thinking are highly valued.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. To express your interest, please submit a C.V. and cover letter via Interfolio.

Please contact Karen Crater at [Click Here to Email Your Resumé] for help with Interfolio. Please refer questions regarding the position to the Director of the Civil Practice Clinic, Louis S. Rulli, at [Click Here to Email Your Resumé].

Penn Law strongly encourages applicants who would help our university continue to build a diverse, inclusive, and equitable academic community to apply.

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action ( and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

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COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all employees at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penns vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website ( for the latest information.

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