• Externship Director, Co-Director of Professionalism Program, and Director of Adjunct Communications

    Job Number
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    School Of Law
    School of Law
    Location : Name
    Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Not Applicable
    Required Documents
    Cover letter, List of References
  • Description

    Externship Director, Co-Director of Professionalism Program, and Director of Adjunct Communications


    Role Descriptions


    Externship Program Director


    The Director of the Externship Program has overall responsibility for the administration of the Law School’s externship program, which involves placement of second and third year students in external supervised placement settings, along with a companion seminar, for which the students receive academic credit. The Director is responsible for the recruiting, selection, and evaluation of the external placement settings, and receives and reviews all proposals for new placements.  The Director is also responsible for monitoring the adequacy of the placement supervision by maintaining frequent contact with supervisors, training the supervisors, and performing site visits as needed.


    The Director also has responsibility for overseeing the system through which approved organizations post descriptions of their placements, and students apply, are interviewed and receive offers of placements. The Director is responsible for preparation of materials describing the program to organizations and students, and for establishing uniform policies and forms relating to this system, consulting with the Skills & Experiential Learning Committee as needed.


    As to students currently in externships, the Director is responsible for establishing a curriculum for the companion courses that accompany the externship placement, and for training, advising, coordinating and supervising all faculty engaged in teaching these courses. The Director, directly or through these faculty, is responsible for the teaching of professional skills, ethics, and subject-matter specific topics relevant to the type of placement covered by each course, evaluation of all student performance throughout the semester, including collection and review of time records, review and comment on course assignments, review and follow-up on midterm and final field supervisor evaluations, individual conferences at the end of the semester, and submission of grades for academic credit.


    Overall, the Director serves as the liaison between the Externship Program and the faculty, as well as between the Law School and the Bench and Bar in the metropolitan Atlanta region, and maintains active involvement in bar activities in furtherance of that role. The Director assists in the mission of the Center for Professional Development, and in addition to counseling students regarding professional skills in the context of the Externship Program, the Director also assists students in integrating with the local Bars and networking with individual attorneys in their practice areas.


    The Director contributes to the national experiential learning community and the wider academy in order to stay abreast of developments in understanding and regulation of experiential learning and other fields of learning




    Professionalism Program Codirector


    The Codirector of the Professionalism Program is responsible for the administration of three mandatory programs that, together, constitute a non-credit graduation requirement for all J.D. and LLM students at Emory Law.


    The first program is an event that occurs during orientation week in the Fall, and it is mandated by the Georgia Bar for all Georgia law schools. Students attend a plenary program about Bar fitness and Emory’s Professional Conduct Court, and then break out into small groups to discuss hypotheticals promulgated by the Georgia Bar with faculty/staff, attorneys and judges. The event culminates in a Convocation with a keynote speech and swearing-in by a Georgia Supreme Court justice. The Codirector coordinates with the Georgia Bar, Admissions, Student Affairs and the Center for Public Service regarding scheduling and logistics, arranges for the plenary and Convocation speakers, creates and posts the materials on Emory’s learning management system, recruits the small group leaders, provides an orientation for the small group leaders, and oversees the logistics of the event.


    The second program, occurring in late January, is independent of the Georgia Bar. This is a second session of small group sessions discussing new hypotheticals, but without a plenary. The Codirector again recruits and provides an orientation for the small group leaders, and oversees the logistics of the event, including a networking reception afterward.


    The third and final program is part of every upperclass students’ Legal Profession course. The students are required to each write and submit a short essay about professionalism based on a prompt developed/updated by the Codirector. The Codirector reviews all of the essays, selects 10-15 for discussion, and then guest-teaches one class session for each Legal Profession course, moderating and guiding class discussion of the essays.


    In addition to administering and teaching in the Professionalism Program, the Codirector is charged with tracking and reporting completion status to the registrar, and the Codirector  participates in the Georgia Bar’s Committee on Professionalism, which oversees the Bar-required portion of the program.


    Director of Adjunct Communications


    Emory Law currently has more than 100 adjuncts teaching classes for our law students during the fall and spring semesters, and it is our goal to provide greater oversight of and communication with this population. Toward that end, in coordination with the Registrar and the Adjunct Supervision Committee, the Director of Adjunct Communications will serve as the primary liaison between our adjuncts and the full-time faculty and administration.


    As the liaison, the Director will have a number of duties.

    (1)   First, he or she will maintain the adjunct listserv for each semester (for adjuncts currently teaching in that semester) as well as an overall adjunct listserv for those adjuncts who are part of our regular teaching community even if not teaching in a given semester. The Director will prepare two newsletters each semester to share with adjuncts via these listservs, to keep them apprised of faculty decisions that affect the teaching environment, of issues that affect classroom administration, and of current events at the law school. The Director will be generally responsible for communication with, and management of, adjuncts during the academic year and during the summer.

    (2)   Second, the Director will plan and host the Adjunct Dinner each semester.

    (3)   Third, the Director will chair the “Adjunct Supervision” faculty committee. In that capacity he or she will be primarily responsible for reviewing SET forms in adjunct-taught classes and will arrange a schedule of classroom visits for such classes. The Director will review syllabi from every adjunct to make sure all syllabi contain pertinent information about grading, assignments and attendance policies. Where deficiencies are spotted, the Director will work with the adjunct to make sure the errors are corrected in a timely fashion.

    (4)   Fourth, the Director will facilitate on-boarding (in conjunction with human resources) for all newly hired adjuncts.

    (5)   Fifth, the Director will create and maintain a website (in conjunction with MarComm) to make appropriate teaching resources available to adjuncts.



    This is a contract faculty position in the non-tenure Professor of Practice track. There are no scholarship obligations and there is no teaching outside of the duties associated with the externship and professionalism programs.


    Minimum Qualifications:

    • JD from an ABA-accredited law school
    • Past or current bar membership



    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Managerial or supervisory experience
    • Teaching experience—either in the classroom or through leading training initiatives
    • Five years of legal experience
    • Enthusiasm for working with students


    To Apply, complete the online application and attach the following:

    • Cover Letter
    • Resume
    • Listing of Three (3) References


    Closing Date:

    September 29 at 5 p.m. EDT



    For more information about this position:

    Please contact Randee Waldman (RWaldm2@emory.edu), Contract Faculty Appointment Committee Chair.


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