Job No: 493747 Work Type: Staff Full-time Department: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Location: Brookdale Center, 55 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY Categories: Administrative Support, Student Services
Position Summary: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law invites applications for the position of Director of Externships, a full-time administrator to manage and continue to develop the law school's strong externship program.
The position calls for a dynamic, creative, and highly motivated individual to manage an integrated and comprehensive program of supervised field placements that provide students with significant and academically rewarding legal experiences.
The Externship Director must have excellent communication skills to interact effectively with members of the legal community, law school faculty, and students and must have excellent organizational skills.
The Director will be responsible for the creation and oversight of credited placements for law students in public agencies, not-for-profit organizations, the private sector and other appropriate organizations
The Director will conduct ongoing outreach to apprise appropriate lawyers and organizations about the externship program and create student opportunities by conducting site visits, developing agreements with placement sites, attending relevant legal community events, and developing other networking opportunities
The Director will meet with and advise students on externship placements
The Director will work with fieldwork supervisors at the placement sites to assure adequacy of supervision of the students. The Director will develop informational materials and training sessions for supervising attorneys and judges
The Director will administer the externship program, including creating and maintaining data related to registration, credit requirements, and grade processing for participating J.D. and L.L.M. students. The Director will manage an application and assessment process and materials in compliance with ABA requirements, coordinating the processing and preserving of information using Word, Excel, Symplicity, Angel, and Banner
The Director will manage a program of field clinics, or group externships based in one practice area or organization, supplementing law school offerings by creating practical work experiences in areas to complement the law schools other clinical or doctrinal course offerings. In consultation with the administration, the Director will identify critical practice areas and highly qualified practitioners to hire as adjunct faculty, work with outside agencies to build educational placements, create a selection system in conjunction with the Clinical Director, and establish processes to assess field clinics
In addition, the Director will oversee an academic program of seminar classes and training sessions for externship students that will be taught by law school faculty, outside practitioners, and the director her/himself on topics including ethical issues and substantive law the students confront in their externships, as well as how to reflect upon and learn from the externship experience. The Director will identify and participate in the hiring of these instructors as adjunct faculty and will teach one or more of the seminars as curricular needs dictate
The Director will manage a training and oversight program to ensure quality clinical teaching for externs, including designing and teaching Master Classes on clinical teaching techniques for practitioner-adjuncts teaching field clinic and externship seminars, assisting in the development of course syllabi, and conducting selected class observation
The Director will liaise with other departments and units in the law school and University as needed on student issues, including the Deans Office, Communications, Student Services, Student Finance, Admissions, LLM Program, and YUs General Counsel
The Director will represent the law school in the local and national clinical legal education arenas, including participating in conferences, issue advocacy regarding ABA changes affecting externship programs, and special projects involving the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA), the ABA, the AALS, and the New York Consortium on Externships (NYCE)
Experience & Educational Background:
JD and five years of prior related experience required
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