University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Staff Attorney for Student Legal Services, Office of the Dean of Students

Primary Position Function/Summary:

The Student Legal Service Staff Attorney provides legal advice, education representation to University of Illinois students. The Student Legal Service Staff Attorney reports to the Directing Attorney for Student Legal Services. Student Legal Service is a unit of the Office of the Dean of Students. The Staff Attorney is a full-time academic professional staff member.

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Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide counsel, advice and representation in a wide range of legal services to University of Illinois students.
  • Perform skillful and efficient trial work, negotiation, and settlements at various stages of the legal process.
    Plan, develop and present preventive legal education programs.
  • Assist in creation and development of preventive education brochures, PowerPoints, and other educational materials.
  • Perform administrative duties assigned by the Director including development, refinement, and analysis of assessment data.
  • Present topical subjects for continuing legal education credit at national and regional conferences.
  • Supervise/mentor College of Law interns and evaluate performance based on established Learning Outcomes.
  • Work with Student Legal Service Strategic Plan in implementing goals, objectives and initiatives.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

Education Required:

  • Juris Doctorate from accredited Law School.

Experience Required:

  • Minimum of three years’ experience in the practice of law or equivalent experience.
  • Working knowledge of Westlaw, Microsoft Applications.
  • Experience in litigation.

Experience Preferred:

  • Knowledge/familiarity with assessment in higher education in the context of Student Services/Affairs or in a similar context.
  • Course work or training in assessment.
  • Experience in criminal/traffic/landlord-tenant advice/consumer rights/debtor-creditor Experience working with a highly diverse population in law office or clinical setting.
  • Ability to write and design educational materials employing a variety of media.
  • Ability to learn and stay current with University organization, policies and practices as well as legal areas affecting University of Illinois students.
  • Demonstrated ability to use social media and other means (classroom/seminars/community education/teaching) as educational tools.

Training, Licenses or Certifications:

Required: Licensed and in good standing to practice law in state of Illinois or ability to obtain admission by reciprocity.

Appointment Type and Start Date

Regular twelve month, 100% academic professional appointment with a salary commensurate with experience. Comprehensive background checks, which may include but not be limited to a criminal conviction information check, will be conducted. The position is open and available immediately after the closing date.

Proposed start date: February 16, 2020

Application Procedures

All candidates must complete an online profile through in a timely manner for consideration. Please upload the following required documents: resume, a cover letter, and the names and email addresses or phone numbers of three professional references by January 6, 2020. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.