Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor for Immigration Clinic

Position Available: Assistant/Associate Teaching Professor – Immigration Clinic

University of Washington School of Law

Location: Seattle, WA

Open Date: August 21, 2023


The University of Washington School of Law is seeking a dedicated full-time Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor to join the Immigration Clinic team for the 2023-24 academic year. In this non-tenure track position, you will have the opportunity to provide critical legal representation to indigent immigrants and refugees while offering students invaluable hands-on lawyering experience. Our approach extends beyond direct representation, encompassing policy advocacy, community outreach, and educational initiatives.


The selected faculty member will play a pivotal role in the clinic, including:

  • Leading the seminar component of the clinic
  • Supervising clinical students
  • Collaborating with students and community stakeholders to shape the clinic’s docket
  • Advocating for immigrants and asylum seekers based on substantial prior experience

Key responsibilities also include

  • Building relationships and pursuing partnerships with community organizations, service providers, and advocacy groups
  • Mentoring law students and expanding the clinic’s strategic litigation and advocacy efforts
  • Managing operational and administrative tasks related to case and community projects
  • Supervising clinical students on cases and projects while teaching them a comprehensive range of lawyering skills
  • Ensuring the quality of student work product in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Experiential Education

This is a full-time, 9-month position running from September through June each academic year, with eligibility for promotion within the teaching-professorial track. The anticipated start date is September 2024.


The base salary for this position falls within the range of $10,000 – $11,000 per month, dependent on experience and qualifications, or as determined by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.


All faculty members at the University of Washington engage in teaching, research, and service.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The University of Washington School of Law places significant importance on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Multi-culturalism, and Anti-racism as core values. This commitment is an ongoing effort that involves the entire UW Law community. We encourage candidates to explore our Diversity web page and review the Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Multi-culturalism, and Anti-Racism, available at link to Strategic Plan.


To be considered for this position, candidates should possess:

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) or foreign equivalent, along with a minimum of 5 years of relevant legal practice
  • Admission to a state bar and a minimum of 3 years of Immigration Court experience
  • Demonstrated expertise in advocating for immigrants’ rights, with an understanding of its intersections with other areas of law, including criminal law, constitutional law, and administrative law
  • 3 or more years of experience in immigration removal and asylum practice
  • Demonstrated expertise in clinical teaching

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit the following:

  • A comprehensive cover letter detailing qualifications for the position, including academic background, professional experience, teaching, and research
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three references who can provide recommendations (letters of recommendation are not required at this stage; the School of Law will contact references as needed)
  • A Diversity statement that includes a description of past contributions and planned commitments to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
Job Category: Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor for Immigration Clinic
Job Type: Full Time Part Time
Job Location: Seattle
Job salary: $10000-11000
Job qualifications: Juris Doctor (J.D.) or foreign equivalent

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