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Director of the Immigrant Family Legal Clinic

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UCLA School of Law is seeking a visionary and highly motivated individual with significant legal practice experience to direct a new Immigrant Family Legal Clinic (Clinic) at the UCLA Community School. The UCLA Community School is a unique partnership between the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Services (GSEIS), and the local Community School stakeholders. The Community School is located in Koreatown in central Los Angeles, one of the state’s most densely populated immigrant neighborhoods, and enrolls 1,000 students each year from the local area.

The Director will help design the new Immigrant Family Legal Clinic in close consultation with faculty and administrators in the Law School’s Experiential Education Program, and with partners from LAUSD, GSEIS, and the Community School. As part of this design phase, the Director will conduct a legal needs assessment of immigrant families at the Community School.

The Director will teach the Immigrant Family Legal Clinic and will work closely with faculty at UCLA Law to develop clinical learning opportunities in this setting. The Director will also collaborate with faculty who teach related law school clinics and courses; manage student pro bono activities associated with the Clinic; and collaborate with outside attorneys who volunteer to work with students on Clinic activities. The Director will serve as an attorney of record for matters and cases carried out under the auspices of the Clinic, including while the Law School is not in session. The Director will also manage the Clinic budget, hire and supervise support staff, and fundraise for the Clinic.

UCLA and UCLA Law are home to many leading scholars and other significant projects in immigration law and policy, and our programs, location and faculty also draw a student body with a strong interest in immigration studies. The Director will have the opportunity to join other leaders and to meaningfully engage with groups working on immigrant rights issues on the UCLA campus as well as in Los Angeles, and nationally.

The ideal candidate will have significant legal experience in immigration law, as well as some familiarity with related fields such as criminal law, employment law, and family law. Demonstrated management, administrative, and organizational skills are also important. Previous experience teaching in a law school clinical setting is also desirable but not required. Candidates must have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, plus admission to the California Bar or willingness to sit for the California Bar. Fluency in Spanish is also desirable though not required.

This is a full-time, year-round, academic, non-tenure track position. The level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This appointment is subject to the rules and regulations of the Regents of the University of California, which are mostly embodied in The UCLA CALL and the University of California Academic Personnel Manual. (See; and

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Friday, October 27, 2017 but will be considered thereafter until the position is filled. Please apply online at by submitting pdf copies of a cover letter, current resume, and the names and addresses for at least three professional references.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy ( The University of California seeks candidates committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - A letter discussing your interest, qualifications and/or experience.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. or resume

  • List of References - Names and contact information for at least three (3) professional references

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
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