Director of Judicial Clerkships (4517U), Berkeley Law 12804

San Francisco
Nov 11, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director of Judicial Clerkships (4517U), Berkeley Law 12804 About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

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We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: November 25, 2020

Departmental Overview

UC Berkeley's School of Law is one of the nation's great centers for legal education, ever exploring and pushing new intellectual boundaries while tackling urgent, real-world issues. The law school is also known for its vibrant and engaged community of students and scholars who are committed to providing leadership and making a difference on problems of local, national and global import. Currently ranked among the top law schools in the country, the School of Law has ambitious development goals as it looks to continue producing leaders in law, government, and society.

The Director of Judicial Clerkships will educate students and alumni about judicial clerkships and help them explore, identify, apply for, and secure suitable or competitive clerkship opportunities at all federal courts, state courts and/or specialized courts. As a well-connected, knowledgeable expert on the legal job market, the Director accomplishes this goal by providing individually tailored, client-driven career counseling as well as by building relationships with the judiciary and staff who are the potential employers for these opportunities. The Director may create, plan, develop, and implement cutting-edge programs, networking events, and other activities (including social media), and create or provide resources in support of judicial clerkship placements.

The Director is a member of the CDO team and may assist in maintaining current employer relationships in the CDO as well as in engaging in employer outreach efforts to cultivate new relationships to ensure our students have the best available access to networking, job opportunities, and clerkships as soon as they present themselves.

  • Researches, designs, and develops workshops and programs to meet students' and alumni's career needs. Analyzes the current state of competitive judicial clerkships and legal job market to develop programming. Identifies existing or up-and-coming clerkship opportunities, assesses (on a continuing basis) the short-and long-term feasibility for our students and alumni, and explores alternatives to clerkship placement if needed.
  • Manages program improvement processes, such as revisions, changes, and adjustments to the existing array of judicial clerkship services, programs, and resources. Devises, develops and implements entirely new services, programs and resources as needed.
  • Liaises with various other teams and individuals at Law to understand the need for clerkship opportunities. Collaborates with faculty and other members of the law school community in course design and development as needed.
  • May develop and oversee the delivery of broad and complex career-focused programs and events that incorporate the needs of campus partners and constituents.
  • Oversees career program technical systems, and uses thorough knowledge of career program and information systems to build applications and improve web sites and other supporting technologies.
  • Presents sensitive and difficult information about the career program, including presentations to the media and the public. May participate in panel discussions, and/or research and write articles relating to judicial clerkships and the legal job market.
  • Establishes new relationships with judiciary staff and other organizations related to career services for students and alumni to promote and enhance the campus's relationship with the judiciary and outside organizations or law firms. May participate in or partner with local and national recruitment associations, like the Bay Area Legal Recruiters Association and the National Association for Law Placement, and other legal organizations, like the American Association of Law Schools and the American Bar Association.
  • Provides one-on-one or group career counseling in particularly complex areas that require specialized expertise, such as tailored counseling for J.D. students pursuing judicial clerkships.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Advanced knowledge of career development theories, adult development theory, counseling processes, career decision making, learning styles, and job search techniques.
  • Knowledge of needs assessment theory, processes, and practice, workshop and program design.
  • Knowledge of or the ability to quickly develop an understanding of UC programs, career services, employer, alumni, and faculty needs and expectations, recruiting and staffing methods, employment trends.
  • Ability to design and modify computer applications to meet program needs, problem identification, presentation skills, verbal communication, written communication, and organization skills.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse cultures.
  • Comprehensive knowledge about judges and clerkships.
  • Excellent interpersonal and counseling skills, including the demonstrated capacity to advise and meaningfully interact with students and alumni from diverse backgrounds and interests.
  • Skill in employing excellent marketing skills to help place students and alumni with appropriate judges.
  • Ability to leverage work experience and professional network to develop meaningful relationships with members of the judiciary, their staff, and former clerks.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and the ability to effectively and diplomatically communicate with students, alumni, faculty, administration, judges, and court personnel.
  • Technological and computer literacy, including familiarity with or strong interest in developing a knowledge of Symplicity, OSCAR, and other systems.

  • Advanced degree in Law, such as a Juris Doctor (J.D.), and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Significant (3+ years) relevant experience in legal practice and/or Law School administration.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior judicial clerkship experience in a federal or highest appellate state court strongly preferred.

Salary & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

This is a full time (M-F; 40 hours/week) career position.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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