College of Law

Open position: Director of Clinical Programs

Posted September 29, 2017

The University of Tennessee College of Law invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of Clinical Programs, a twelve-month appointment in the College of Law.  The successful applicant will be a current member of the faculty of the College of Law, who has demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, legal scholarship and service.  This position is a twelve-month tenured or tenure-track academic appointment to commence on July 1, 2018 with a salary, which includes an administrative stipend, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Candidates must possess a J.D. or comparable law degree and satisfy the requirements for admission to the Tennessee Bar.  A distinguished record of clinical teaching or practice-related experience is highly desirable as is a distinguished record of scholarship.  Candidates must be willing to undertake the management responsibilities of in-house teaching clinics and externships engaged in the representation of clients.  Management experience, particularly in a clinical or legal services setting, is advantageous but not essential.

The Director leads and supervises the full-time and adjunct faculty who teach the College’s clinical offerings.  Full-time clinical faculty hold nine-month, tenured or tenure-track appointments in the College of Law and enjoy the same status and benefits as non-clinical fulltime faculty members.  Like other full-time clinical faculty, the Director is afforded the opportunity to teach outside the College’s clinical offerings.

Clinical offerings have been an integral part of the educational program offered by the College of Law since 1947.  Most of the College’s students enroll in the clinical offerings, which currently include Advocacy Clinic, Appellate Litigation Clinic, Business Law Clinic, Community Economic Development Clinic, Domestic Violence Clinic, Education Law Practicum, Environmental Law Practicum, Family Mediation Clinic, Innocence and Wrongful Convictions Clinic, Mediation Clinic, and Wills Clinic, as well as a Prosecutorial Externship, Judicial Externship and Public Defender Externship.

In furtherance of the University’s and the College’s fundamental commitment to diversity, minority group members and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Nominations and applications, including a letter of interest and resume should be sent by Oct. 13, 2017 to:

Professor Michael Higdon, Chair
Clinic Director Search Committee
University of Tennessee College of Law
1505 W. Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996-1810

Email submissions are also acceptable and should be sent to:


The Search Committee will begin considering applications upon receipt and will continue to do so until completion of the search. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this nondiscrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.