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Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Business Innovation and Economic Development Legal...

Northern Illinois University (NIU)
DeKalb, IL

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Assistant Clinical Professor

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Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Business Innovation and Economic Development Legal Clinic - College of Law (37633)

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Northern Illinois University College of Law invites applications for an opening for an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law who will serve as Director of our new Business Innovation and Economic Development Legal Clinic. The incumbent will collaborate with the university’s College of Business. The ideal start date will be May 1, 2022, but may be later if circumstances warrant. NIU Law is a public law school. It resides at the heart of a diverse and active university campus of over 17,000 students in DeKalb, Illinois, located on the western edge of the Chicago metropolitan area. The Business Innovation and Economic Development Legal Clinic will provide legal assistance both to not-for-profit organizations and to entrepreneurs and small business owners from underrepresented communities. The Clinic will assist students from the NIU College of Business in entrepreneurial ventures and will represent business owners from DeKalb and surrounding communities. Legal responsibilities of the Director will include assisting businesses with Business Enterprise Certifications, and may also include helping with incorporation, business contracts, non-profit formation, and intellectual property needs. The position will require travel to surrounding communities to engage in outreach. The Director of the clinic will teach a law clinic seminar course each semester, will supervise clinic students, and will also work in partnership with the College of Business to develop and deliver programming that meets the demand of the marketplace. This may include teaching a summer course and/or creating content for revenue generating workshops hosted by the business school. The Director will also be responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships between the University and its surrounding communities, leading workshops, writing grant proposals, and serving on law school committees. This is a full-time clinical faculty position within the law school, leading to the possibility of a presumptively renewable six-year contract. Clinical faculty members at NIU participate in faculty governance, excluding decisions related to the hiring, retention and promotion of doctrinal tenure-track faculty. The Director of the Business Innovation and Economic Development Legal Clinic will report directly to the law school’s Director of Clinics, will work closely with the Dean and faculty at the College of Law on the development of the clinic, and will work in partnership with the Dean of the College of Business.

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J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school; admission to the practice of law and good standing in at least one state or the District of Columbia; ability to be admitted to the practice of law in the State of Illinois within a reasonable time; and at least three years of significant experience in the practice of law.

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At least five years of significant experience in the practice of law and/or experience teaching and supervising students in a law school clinic.

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To apply, please visit For full consideration, please complete an application and upload a current Resume/Curriculum vitae, Cover letter, and a list of three professional references by December 8, 2021. Please note optional Diversity Statement is welcomed. Applications received after this date are welcomed, but will be considered as needed. Please direct questions to the search committee chair, Anita Maddali, at [email protected]; or to Tita Kaus, Administrative Assistant to the Dean, at 815-753-1068 or [email protected].

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EEO Statement:

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230
[email protected]

Visa Policy:

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation:

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Education (AAEOE) at [email protected].

Clery Act Information:

NIU provides information regarding campus security, personal and fire safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, emergency response procedures and crime reporting policies, in addition to crime and fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years. The Annual Security Report containing security and safety information is available at or by contacting the University Police Department and Public Safety Department at 815-753-9628 to receive a hard copy. The Annual Fire Safety Report is available at or by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Department at 815-753-0404 to receive a hard copy.

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Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive research university offering programs from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. Colleges include business, education, engineering and engineering technology, law, liberal arts and sciences, health and human sciences, and visual and performing arts. On-campus enrollment is approximately 18,000 students. The university also offers more than 200 extension courses each semester to students in communities throughout northern Illinois.

The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago's "Loop" and 40 miles southeast of Rockford. In addition to the main campus, NIU has three education centers in Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.

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