Assistant General Counsel - Litigation

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Hyde Park Campus


About the Unit
The University's Office of Legal Counsel provides legal advice and representation to all units of the University under the direction and oversight of Kim Taylor, the Vice President and General Counsel. The Office of Legal Counsel is responsible for providing advice and services to University officials on an extremely broad set of legal issues associated with the University's activities, including transactional and intellectual property matters, policy formulation and compliance, employment and student issues, and pre-litigation dispute resolution. It represents the University's interests in administrative and judicial proceedings, and holds primary institutional responsibility for establishing and maintaining relationships with regulatory and other governmental entities, and establishing and maintaining related compliance policies and protocols. The University of Chicago is a private research university located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The University consists of the College of the University of Chicago, various graduate programs and interdisciplinary committees organized into an undergraduate college, four graduate divisions, several institutes, six professional schools, a school of continuing education, a library system, museums and an academic press. The University also has International Centers in Beijing, Singapore, Hong Kong, Paris, London, and Delhi. The University enrolls approximately 5,700 students in the College and about 15,200 students overall. The University also dedicates hundreds of millions of dollars annually to scientific research. University of Chicago scholars have played a role in the development of the Chicago school of economics, the Chicago school of sociology, the law and economics movement in legal analysis, the Chicago school of literary criticism, the Chicago school of religion, the school of political science known as behavioralism and in the physics leading to the world's first man made, self sustaining nuclear reaction. The University is also home to the University of Chicago Press, the Court Theatre, the Oriental Institute, and the Smart Museum, and is affiliated with Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The University also operates an independent K-12 school as well as a charter school with multiple campuses.

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Job Summary:

Assistant General Counsel – Litigation: The successful candidate will have approximately three (3) to five (5) years of litigation experience preferably in a top-tier law firm, and preferably with experience in employment law litigation. The Assistant General Counsel – Litigation will initially support the senior litigators and will work closely with the University's HR function, including providing advice and counseling on employment and workplace dispute matters, and will take on additional and independent responsibilities over time. The Assistant General Counsel – Litigation must be able to grow into the role of being a trusted advisor on the myriad of matters an institution like the University faces. The Assistant General Counsel – Litigation duties and responsibilities will include a wide variety of general litigation matters, as well as policy and compliance work, and general advice and counseling. In addition, the successful candidate must have a high capacity to collaborate in diverse environments and build relationships, handle matters involving issues in practice areas with which the candidate may not have previous experience, and provide practical and credible guidance throughout the University community. This position will report to the General Counsel and will work directly with the senior litigation attorneys in the office.

The job uses legal expertise, best practices and knowledge of University policies, structure and culture to provide legal counsel facilitating goals across units and protecting the University's reputation and business interests. The legal office negotiates and resolves unique and complex issues to promote compliance with all relevant laws and regulations and University policies.


  • The Assistant General Counsel – Litigation requires in-depth knowledge and experience. The successful candidate uses best practices and knowledge of internal or external University issues to improve products or services.
  • The Assistant General Counsel – Litigation solves complex problems; takes a new perspective using existing solutions. The successful candidate works independently and will act as a resource for University colleagues with less experience.
  • The Assistant General Counsel – Litigation uses breadth and depth of knowledge to counsel on a broad range of legal matters as requested, solves complex problems, and advises University clients on the legal implications of University initiatives, decisions, and policy changes.
  • The Assistant General Counsel – Litigation advises University clients on recent changes in laws and regulations that affect the University, and recommends process improvements to ensure compliance of laws and regulations.
  • The Assistant General Counsel – Litigation acts as a liaison with outside legal firms, and represents the University in certain disputes, as appropriate.

  • Strong analytical and writing skills required.
  • The ability to consistently meet deadlines and communicate in a clear and timely way required.
  • A team orientation, sense of humor and a down-to-earth personality that does not crave the spotlight required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, intellectual curiosity and the ability to thrive in an academic environment where rigorous inquiry is the norm required.
  • Excellent professional ethics, good judgment and the ability to take action and make decisions required.
  • Enjoy the role of service provider dealing with a wide breadth of clients and issues required.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and fluid environment required.
  • Particular interest in working in a university environment and supporting the University of Chicago's academic and research priorities required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Juris Doctor degree from a strong law school required.
  • Admission to the Illinois Bar, or eligibility for admission within six months of notification of employment required.

  • Approximately 3-5 years of legal experience required.
  • Top-tier law firm training is preferred.
  • Employment law experience with a wide variety of employment issues and employment counseling skills is preferred.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter.

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Job is Exempt?

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Job No:
Posted: 10/30/2018
Application Due: 12/29/2018
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