Assistant Dean - Center for Cooperative Legal Education and Professional Advancement

Mar 14, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Northeastern University

Assistant Dean - Center for Cooperative Legal Education and Professional Advancement

Requisition Number: STFR003588

Division/College: School of Law

Location: Boston Main Campus

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time


The Assistant Dean for the Law School's Center for Cooperative Legal Education (“Co-op”) and Professional Advancement Center (“CCOPA”) leads a dedicated team of attorney counselors and administrative staff charged with empowering students to benefit from the school's signature co-op program and with launching students and recent graduates on successful professional careers. The Assistant Dean and his or her team work closely with the Dean, the Associate Dean for Experiential Education, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Faculty Director of Professional Development in structuring a coordinated plan of professional development for students that uses our co-op program to produce students and graduates who are reflective and well-prepared to embark upon a career of life-long learning. The Center's team also works closely with the Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Education, the Director of Employer Outreach, the Faculty Director of Professional Development and the Office of Development and Alumni/ae Relations to build relationships with employers across a variety of sectors in order to expand career opportunities for students and graduates. Above all, the Assistant Dean represents the law school to our network of hundreds of co-op employers; prospective employers; and cooperating alumni/ae and works closely with our students to create productive matches in which the needs of employers and students are successfully met.
Students consistently cite the cooperative legal education program as the primary reason they choose to attend NUSL. Legal employers consistently cite the cooperative legal education program as the major factor distinguishing NUSL from other law schools, and its students from other job applicants. In addition to managing the co-op program which involves more than 800 co-op placements annually in partnership with a base of approximately 900 legal employers worldwide, CCOPA provides a comprehensive range of professional development and career advancement services to assist students and recent graduates in their efforts to land post-graduate placements. Key pre- and post- graduate placement activities include: counseling and advising, employer development and outreach, presenting informational programs and workshops, developing and offering career information online, and coordinating both an annual on-campus recruitment program as well as students' participation in regional and national recruitment programs.
The Assistant Dean for CCOPA provides an essential role in the strategic planning, development and implementation of the Law School's educational mission by: (i) managing the co-op program, the cornerstone experience at the Law School; (ii) focusing on professional development beginning with admission, continuing through an integrated experiential curriculum, on through graduation and post-graduation; and (iii) developing, implementing, and overseeing all necessary CCOPA processes and resources around (x) data and operations, (y) professional development curriculum and student advising, and (z) employer outreach and external relations, all leading to enhanced and expanded post-graduate placements and career experiences. The office is also responsible for running/tracking the school's public interest requirement.
Reporting to the Dean or his or her “designee” and collaborating closely with the Associate Dean for Experiential Education, who represents the faculty's perspective, the Assistant Dean for CCOPA has overall responsibility and accountability for planning, developing and maintaining short-term and long-term strategic goals and initiatives for CCOPA that include: a more integrated approach to Co-op, Clinics and the classroom, and all career planning and placement services for students and alumni/ae of the Law School, all in a manner that is consistent with the vision and strategy behind the renewed and coordinated focus on professional development as directed by the Dean and the Associate Dean for Experiential Education. This position is responsible for developing co-op and post-graduate placement opportunities consistent with the mission and goals of the Law School. The responsibilities of the Assistant Dean for CCOPA include all aspects of managing the department, including budget and operations, overall responsibility for external reporting on employment data, systems and process support, handling of department personnel issues, and supervision of professional and hourly permanent and term appointment staff.


• Advanced degree, preferably JD, required.
• 8-10 years of professional experience (including law practice, legal recruiting, or administration in a law school setting), or comparable experience.
• Demonstrable experience in managing a career services team whose major responsibilities are placing students in field placements/co-ops, graduates in jobs or both.
• Excellent communication and organizational skills.
• Commitment to mission driven organization.
• Appreciation of experiential and self- directed learning.
• Diplomacy. Strategic thinking and planning.

Additional Information:

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: Careers@Northeastern

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.


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