Practitioner in Residence, Externship Programs – Part-Time

Staff Non-exempt Boston, Massachusetts


Description

Suffolk University is pleased to announce a career opportunity as a Practitioner in Residence!

The Externship Practitioner in Residence (“Externship PIR”) is responsible for running all aspects of our externship programs, in close coordination with the leadership of Clinical and Experiential programs, the faculty teaching in related areas, the Director of International Programs, as well as other parts of the Law School that are relevant to externship placements. As a part-time staff member, the Externship PIR would be expected to work an average of approximately 25 hours per week throughout the calendar year, although the work may ebb and flow depending on programmatic needs. The Externship PIR will also teach a course related to the externship program and would oversee all aspects of student work in their externship placements.

Qualifications:  J.D. required; membership to a state bar preferred.  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 and weekends is needed.  

Hours: Part-Time (approx. 25 hours per week), Full-Year (including summer)

Reports to: Associate Dean of Experiential Learning and Director of Clinical Programs. 

Collaborates with: This position will work closely and collaboratively with law school faculty, in particular with the Law School’s Co-Faculty Directors of the International Law Concentration, Director of International Programs, the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, the Financial Aid Office, Clinical Programs faculty, and the Office of Professional Career Development.

Externship Description:  Suffolk University Law School is home to nationally ranked Clinical and Experiential Programs, including a wide array of domestic and international externship programs.  Our externship programs include judicial, public interest, and corporate placements throughout the world, as well as an externship program based out of our study abroad exchange with National University of Ireland, Galway.  We also offer Domestic and International Semester-in-Practice programs, whereby students may work full-time overseas or domestically doing 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.

Position Summary: The Externship Practitioner in Residence (“Externship PIR”) is responsible for running all aspects of our externship programs, in close coordination with the leadership of Clinical and Experiential programs, the faculty teaching in related areas, the Director of International Programs, as well as other parts of the Law School that are relevant to externship placements.  As a part-time staff member, the Externship PIR would be expected to work an average of approximately 25 hours per week throughout the calendar year, although the work may ebb and flow depending on programmatic needs.  The Externship PIR will also teach a course related to the externship program and would oversee all aspects of student work in their externship placements.

The Externship PIR will be responsible for managing all aspects of the externship program, including:

  • Maintaining existing and developing new and diverse domestic and international externship placements of interest to and educationally appropriate for Suffolk University Law School (“SULS”) Students;
  • Developing new “domestic international” externship opportunities for our students (both J.D. and graduate-level students), including opportunities involving international and transnational law practice at large corporations and non-profit organizations in the Boston area and elsewhere in the U.S.;
  • Working with all relevant units of SULS to ensure externship placements meet curricular needs and priorities;
  • Creating efficient, streamlined, and student-centered application and enrollment processes for all externship programs;
  • Assisting students throughout all stages of the externship process from counseling and application, to finding appropriate placements, to registration and financial aid, through academic completion;
  • Working with faculty and administrators to ensure students are placed in appropriate pre-requisite or co-requisite courses taught by SULS faculty, as needed to prepare them for their placements and satisfy ABA Standards;
  • Helping to prepare students for externship placements, including designing and conducting orientation programs for students each spring in advance of summer international externship placements; teaching a course related to domestic and/or international externship placements or working with faculty to supervise directed study externships; and working individually with Semester-in-Practice students;
  • Providing general supervision of students during their externship placements in compliance with ABA Standards, including through journal-writing, meetings, phone calls, and emails
  • Communication with and management of on-site supervisors, including site visits, email exchanges, phone calls, Zoom, Skype, Blackboard, and/or other online platforms;
  • Keeping abreast of best practices and ABA standards and other requirements for domestic and international externships.
  • Working closely with University Financial Services and other University offices to ensure students receive all necessary and available financial and registration support;
  • Promoting SULS experiential externships to the student body to help increase cohort of participants, as well as to potential partner organizations; and
  • Providing any other administrative and programmatic support needed to help students secure international externships and succeed in their placements.

Timing: This is a one-year appointment available to begin July 1, 2022 with the opportunity to renew annually by agreement of the Externship PIR and Suffolk University Law School.

Required Application Documents:              Cover letter

                                                                        Resume or CV

                                                                        List of three references preferably one law school

 

Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment. Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.