Domestic Externship Lecturer - Law School

Adjunct Boston, Massachusetts


Suffolk University Law School is home to nationally ranked Clinical and Experiential Programs, including a wide array of domestic externship programs.  Our externship programs include public interest, judicial, and corporate placements throughout the U.S.  We also offer a Domestic Semester-in-Practice program, whereby students may work full-time domestically doing public interest legal work.  In order to receive academic credit for their placements, students must be enrolled in an academic course before or concurrent to their placements and receive contemporaneous supervision on-site and by a member of our faculty.

 The Domestic Externship Lecturer is responsible for running all aspects of our domestic externship program during the spring and summer terms, in close coordination with the leadership of Clinical and Experiential programs, as well as other parts of the Law School that are relevant to externship placements.  As a part-time staff member, the Lecturer would be expected to work an average of approximately 25 hours per week from approximately January 1 through August 15.  The precise dates are dependent upon externship completion dates and the need for supervision.  The amount of work may ebb and flow during the appointment, depending on programmatic needs.  For example, it is expected the Lecturer will need to finalize placements for students in the spring, teach an externship course during the spring term and run an orientation program in May.  In June, July, and August, the work would involve regular field visits, meetings with externship students, and other aspects of supervision. 


The Lecturer will be responsible for managing all aspects of the domestic externship program during the relevant period, including:

  • Teaching 2-credit spring-term course, “Legal Process and Practice,” for students participating in domestic externships;
  • Teaching 1-credit course summer term, “Legal Process and Practice” for students participating in summer externships;
  • Maintaining existing and developing new and diverse domestic externship placements of interest to and educationally appropriate for Suffolk University Law School (“SULS”) Students;
  • Working with all relevant units of SULS and the leadership of Suffolk’s Experiential Programs to ensure externship placements meet curricular needs and priorities;
  • Managing with efficiency, the application and enrollment processes for domestic externship programs;
  • Assisting students throughout all stages of the externship process from counseling and application, to registration and financial aid, through academic completion;
  • Working with faculty and administrators to ensure all placements satisfy ABA Standards;
  • Helping to prepare students for domestic externship placements, including working individually with externship and Semester-in-Practice students;
  • Supervising students during their externship placements in compliance with ABA Standards, including through journal-writing, readings and assignments, meetings, site visits, emails, Blackboard, and/or other platforms;
  • Working closely with University Financial Services and other University offices to ensure students receive all necessary and available financial and registration support;
  • Promoting SULS domestic experiential externships to help increase cohort of participants and attract potential partner organizations; and
  • Providing any other administrative and programmatic support needed to help students secure domestic externships and succeed in their placements.

Qualifications:  J.D. required; membership to a state bar preferred.  Prior experience working in private, firm or public interest practice required.  Previous experience working with students in teaching and/or mentoring role preferred.  Excellent collaborative, organizational, and recruiting skills required. Excellent verbal and written skills required.  Ability to work well with others and independently; ability to work with students, administrators and faculty required. Work schedule may be flexible, but ability to work some evenings, during summer months, and weekends is needed.  

Timing: This is a part-year (January to August), part-time position available to begin in January 2020 and end in August 2020 with the opportunity to renew for January to August 2021 and 2022, as determined by Lecturer’s performance and programmatic needs.

We compete for the best talent. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse community. We are actively seeking applicants from groups that might be under-represented because of race/color, gender, religion, real or perceived disability, national origin or LGBTQ status. As part of our commitment we encourage you to complete the demographic portion of the application in addition to submitting your cover letter and resume/CV as it will assist us in targeting our recruitment efforts.


Required Application Documents:  1) Cover Letter;  2)Resume or CV; 3) List of three references (preferably one from law school faculty or administrator)