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Assistant Director, Documentary Film Legal Clinic at the UCLA School of Law

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UCLA School of Law is seeking a highly energetic and motivated individual with significant media and intellectual property experience to serve as the Assistant Director for the new Documentary Film Legal Clinic (Clinic) at the UCLA School of Law, scheduled to launch in January 2018. The Assistant Director will manage all aspects of the Program under the supervision of the Director of the Documentary Film Legal Clinic (“Director”). The Assistant Director will collaborate closely with the Director and other administrators and faculty to develop clinical, experiential, and pro bono opportunities within the Clinic that ensure students receive high-quality educational experiences, and may also take responsibility for additional co-curricular engagements around legal issues related to the production and distribution of documentary films.

The Assistant Director will work with the Director to teach an in-house Documentary Film Legal Clinic in close consultation with faculty and administrators in the Law School’s Experiential Education Program. The Assistant Director will share pedagogic responsibility for the doctrinal and clinical components of the teaching with the Director, and will supervise and advise students in the Clinic in their case-work. The Assistant Director will also engage in building client relationships and in outreach to new and prospective clients, as well as outreach to establish the position of the Clinic in the industry and among independent documentary filmmakers. As needed, the Assistant Director will act as a case manager for the Clinic, serving as the attorney of record, and managing matters carried out under the auspices of the Clinic, including at those times when the Law School is not in session. Accordingly, the Assistant Director is expected to have professional and academic qualifications that are similar to those of other academic appointees at the school, including a J.D. and substantial, successful and relevant media law and intellectual property law expertise and/or legal practice experience.

UCLA School of Law, through the Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology, and Sports Law and other programs, offers one of the nation’s most comprehensive, advanced and innovative approaches to the study of entertainment, media, and intellectual property law. UCLA is home to many leading scholars, alums and practitioners in these subjects and our programs, location and faculty therefore draw a student body with a strong interest in media, entertainment and intellectual property. The Assistant Director will have the opportunity to join other leaders in these fields and in the documentary film community on the UCLA campus as well as in the Los Angeles and national communities.

The ideal candidate will have significant legal experience in media, entertainment and/or intellectual property law as well as some prior teaching experience in related fields. 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. The level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, academic, year-round, non-tenure track position. 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 Thursday, November 30, 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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  • Cover Letter

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

  • 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.

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