Director of Judicial Clerkships (4517U), Berkeley Law -
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Application Review Date The First Review Date for this job is: March 27, 2019
Departmental Overview Berkeley Law is one of the nation's premier law schools, located at one of the world's great universities, in one of the most vibrant places on the planet. As one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley, it is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation.
The law school has produced leaders in law, government, and society, including Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren, Secretary of State of the United States Dean Rusk, American civil rights activist Pauli Murray, California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, president and founder of the Equal Justice Society Eva Paterson, United States Northern District of California Judge Thelton Henderson, and Attorney General of the United States Edwin Meese.
The Director of Judicial Clerkships will educate students and alumni about judicial clerkships and help them explore, identify, apply for, and secure suitable or competitive clerkship opportunities at all federal courts, state courts and/or specialized courts. As a well-connected, knowledgeable expert on the legal job market, the Director accomplishes this goal by providing individually tailored, client-driven career counseling as well as by building relationships with the judiciary and staff who are the potential employers for these opportunities. The Director may create, plan, develop, and implement cutting-edge programs, networking events, and other activities (including social media), and create or provide resources in support of judicial clerkship placements.
Researches, designs, and develops workshops and programs to meet students' and alumni's career needs.
Analyzes the current state of the competitive judicial clerkships and legal job market to develop programming.
Identifies existing or up-and-coming clerkship opportunities, assesses (on a continuing basis) the short-and long-term feasibility for our students and alumni, and explores alternatives to clerkship placement if needed.
Manages program improvement processes, such as revisions, changes, and adjustments to the existing array of judicial clerkship services, programs, and resources.
Devises, develops and implements entirely new services, programs and resources as needed.
Liaises with various other teams and individuals at Law to understand the need for clerkship opportunities, and, Collaborates with faculty and other members of the law school community in course design and development as needed.
May develop and oversee the delivery of broad and complex career-focused programs and events that incorporate the needs of campus partners and constituents.
Oversees career program technical systems, and uses thorough knowledge of career program and information systems to build applications and improve web sites and other supporting technologies.
Presents sensitive and difficult information about the career program, including presentations to the media and the public.
May participate in panel discussions, and/or research and write articles relating to judicial clerkships and the legal job market.
Establishes new relationships with judiciary staff and other organizations related to career services for students and alumni to promote and enhance the campus's relationship with the judiciary and outside organizations or law firms.
May participate in or partner with local and national recruitment associations, like the Bay Area Legal Recruiters Association and the National Association for Law Placement, and other legal organizations, like the American Association of Law Schools and the American Bar Association.
Provides one-on-one or group career counseling in particularly complex areas that require specialized expertise, such as tailored counseling for J.D. students pursuing judicial clerkships.
Other duties as assigned.
Advanced knowledge of career development theories, adult development theory, counseling processes, career decision making, learning styles, and job search techniques.
Knowledge of needs assessment theory, processes, and practice, workshop and program design.
Knowledge of UC programs, career services, employer, alumni, and faculty needs and expectations, recruiting and staffing methods, employment trends.
Ability to design and modify computer applications to meet program needs, problem identification, presentation skills, verbal communication, written communication, and organization skills.
Ability to work with people from diverse cultures.
Comprehensive knowledge about judges and clerkships.
Excellent interpersonal and counseling skills, including the demonstrated capacity to advise and meaningfully interact with students and alumni from diverse backgrounds and interests.
Skill in employing excellent marketing skills to help place students and alumni with appropriate judges.
Ability to leverage work experience and professional network to develop meaningful relationships with members of the judiciary, their staff, and former clerks.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and the ability to effectively and diplomatically communicate with students, alumni, faculty, administration, judges, and court personnel.
Technological and computer literacy, including familiarity with or strong interest in developing a knowledge of Symplicity, OSCAR, and other systems.
Advanced degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
Prior judicial clerkship experience in a federal or highest appellate state court strongly preferred.
J.D. degree plus a minimum of 5+ years of relevant experience in legal practice and/or Law School administration.
Salary & Benefits This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary will be commensurate with experience.
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How to Apply Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Conviction History Background This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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