Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Public Service, the Director of Pro Bono Services and Externships oversees public service and pro bono programming, including the Cornell Law School Externship Program and Pro Bono Scholars Program, and provides guidance and support to students interesting in pursuing careers in the field of public service. The Director will also be responsible for the following duties:
Providing advice to students interested in pursuing careers in public service.
Overseeing signature events for the Office of Public Services, including the annual Public Interest Academy, Public Services Awards Reception, and the Rhodes Symposium.
Fostering relationships with potential pro bono partners through bar associations, coalitions and national non-profit public service organizations.
The anticipated start date for this position is January 2020.
JD and a license to practice law in any jurisdiction is required to oversee the externship component of the position per current American Bar Association (ABA) requirements. 3-5 years of experience in public service, or equivalent. Thorough understanding of the legal and public service fields and the employment market to facilitate the counseling of students regarding career choices. Practical experience providing knowledge of a variety of legal career paths to students. A high degree of professionalism, discretion, confidentiality, diplomacy, and excellent judgment. Ability to form positive relationships with and collaborate with diverse constituents. Strong oral, written, organizational, communication and presentation skills. Ability to navigate a large, complex institution. Ability to set a positive tone, projecting a professional and positive image of the Law School and University to internal and external audiences. Strong time management skills with an ability and willingness to adjust to changing priorities on short notice as well as the ability to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines. Flexibility and availability to work irregular hours, including nights and weekends.
Familiarity with Peoplesoft, Salesforce, Symplicity, or other CRM, student records and advising systems.
Internal Number: WDR-00020682
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Founded in 1887, Cornell Law School is a top-tier law school, currently ranked 13th by U.S. News & World Report. We offer a 3-year J.D. program for about 200 students per class, a one-year LLM program for over 100 students from countries throughout the world, and a doctoral (JSD) program for about 2-3 new students per year. Cornell Law School has 41 tenured and tenure-track faculty, including 20 with chaired faculty positions; and 15 clinical professors in the legal research and writing program and in clinics at the local, national, and international level. Our faculty is consistently ranked among the top in the country for scholarly productivity and influence, and has pre-eminence in many areas, including quantitative and qualitative empirical legal studies, international, immigration, and comparative law, and robust doctrinal scholarship in core fields. Our school is committed to being recognized as a leader among law schools at combining inspiring theoretical, doctrinal, and experiential teaching with cutting-edge scholarship in a supportive, intellectually rich community, so that our graduates can achieve excellence in all facets of the legal profession.
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