The Program Director will interact with a variety of Colorado Law’s experiential education programs, focusing on those related to public service opportunities, externships, and student competitions. The Director will work with and report to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
On the public service front, the Director will serve as Colorado Law’s point person for a
range of public service related activities. The Director’s responsibilities in this role will
include: implementing Colorado Law’s Public Service Pledge program; supervising
potential pro bono public service opportunities; developing and managing creative public service opportunities; and managing and implementing other public service programs.
The Director will develop and manage the externship program, including: planning and
teaching the externship workshop; supervising both externship students and sponsoring
attorneys; improving the quality of externship opportunities; planning structured
externships; evaluating and enhancing the pedagogical value of the externship program;
and working with Law School committees on the externship program.
The Director will also oversee the student competitions program, and in this role will
work closely with the Barristers’ Council, the student group engaged in mock trial, moot
court, and transactional law tournaments. The Director’s specific duties will include:
working on Colorado Law’s two signature competitions, the Carrigan Cup Student Trial
Competition and the Rothgerber Moot Court Competition; overseeing the Barristers’
Council budget, including all external travel; serving as the contact for external
supporters of the competition program; and.
The expansive nature of the Experiential Learning and Public Service Program will
require the Director to work not only with Colorado Law students, faculty, and staff
members, but also a wide range of people in the outside legal community, including local and national legal employers, attorneys, leaders, academicians, and judges.
WHO WE ARE
We are an engaged, diverse, and inclusive community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who help one another succeed. Our selective admissions process keeps our student body small, enabling our faculty, staff, alumni, and community to invest deeply in each student’s success. Because we take our responsibility to educate and train future lawyers very seriously, our curriculum, research centers, and experiential learning opportunities are designed to prepare students for success in today’s changing legal environment.
WHAT YOUR KEY RESPONSIBILITIES WILL BE
Administration, Oversight, and Student Engagement Related to Public Service Initiatives
Manage, plan, promote, and oversee the Public Service Pledge Program.
Oversee potential pro bono public service opportunities.
Offer informational sessions.
Advise students regarding their enrollment and participation in the program.
Monitor student eligibility and materials.
Certify participation and hours complete d to the Registrar.
Participate with engaged faculty community.
Plan new avenues of participation with clinical director, students, and outside service providers.
Plan internal promotional activities and awards planning.
Research other law school programs to improve our programs.
In general, oversee all aspects of the pledge program. Design, develop, and implement the program, engage in internal/external marketing, and fulfill reporting responsibilities.Work closely with various external sponsors, students, faculty, Assistant Deans, and Directors to ensure that the program is managed and operated in an efficient, effective, and professional manner.
Perform other duties as required.
Externship Program Management
Plan, oversee, and conduct externship workshop that meets Fall, Spring and Summer academic terms to ensure an excellent learning experience that helps our students develop key professional competencies.
Conduct training and networking activities relating to externship sponsors.
Oversee structured externships.
Review and approve all student externship applications.
Communicate with field supervisors regarding any additional materials or information necessary for complete applications.
Track externship students and field supervisor data to improve programs.
Review data to improve programs.
Visit field placement sites.
Approve credit for students for meeting requirements, or require additional material.
Work with academic affairs dean to approve or disapprove requests for additional externship credit.
Counsel students on externships.
Communicate with sponsors on is sues and ways to improve student experiences.
Assess assignments for compliance with credit requirements.
Work with registrar and students regarding credits earned.
Work with the career development staff to track data.
In general, ensure the smooth running of the externship program while working with faculty, staff, law professionals, and students. This requires excellent communication and professional skills, including tact, clarity, accuracy, timeliness, thoroughness, attention to detail, execution, and follow-up.
Interface professionally with judges and practicing attorneys.
Implement the reporting policies and procedures of the ABA and the University.
Ensure the creation and maintenance of a database that provides students with information about all organizations that have hosted externships.
Develop new placement opportunities and types.
Research other law school programs to improve our programs
Competition Program Management
Manage, plan and oversee the student-run competitions to ensure an excellent learning experience that enables students to develop key professional competencies.
Coordinate participation in external competitions, working with students to ensure fair selection processes and support student learning.
Ensure responsible budgeting and coordinate funding with Student Fee Committee and other funding sources.
Plan and conduct meetings with stakeholders.
Research other law school programs to improve our programs.
Meet with students, faculty and administration on operational aspects of program.
Participate in fundraising activities and current donor outreach.
Work with faculty, judges, and attorneys on coaching and judging the program.
Ensure the creation and maintenance of a database tracking all those who have served as competition coaches and judges.
Ensure timely thank-you letters to t hose serving as judges and coaches.
Work closely with various external sponsors, students, faculty, Assistant Deans, and Directors to ensure that the program is managed and operated in an efficient, effective, and professional manner.
Convene and coordinate our Competitions Advisory Board.
WHAT WE CAN OFFER
Starting salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education. The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.
A Juris Doctor degree.
Two years of legal experience.
Excellent writing skills.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
A strong interest in experiential learning and public service.
Attention to detail and follow-through.
Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced work environment.
Excellent judgment and organizational skills.
Knowledge of and familiarity with multiple legal practice settings.
Experience in the areas of legal education or legal administration.