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YLS Employment & Fellowship Opportunities
Yale Law School is a wonderful place to work, and its administrative team is the one of the best in legal education. If you are intrigued by the idea of coming back to the School, and of entering the world of legal academic administration—or know of one of your law school classmates who is—we would be most interested in hearing from you. Please see below for job listings of open positions at the School and elsewhere.
A number of fellowships are available to our graduates. For example, the Bernstein, Liman, Gruber, Ford Foundation, and Heyman Fellowships support work in various types of public interest positions. The Robert M. Cover Fellowship and Information Society Project (ISP) Resident and Visiting Fellowships are among those available for alumni/ae interested in careers in academia.
Associate Dean for Admissions
The Associate Dean for Admissions, reporting to the Dean, is the chief admissions officer for the Law School and serves as an ambassador to our incoming students. The Associate Dean for Admissions profoundly affects the Law School’s educational mission by providing leadership in the recruitment, selection and enrollment of extraordinary students.
The job requires a varied skillset. The Associate Dean for Admissions manages the Admissions and Financial Aid departments. Working closely with faculty, students, the Director of Admissions and the Director of Financial Aid, the Associate Dean develops recruitment strategies and goals, establishes admission requirements and standards, and develops and plans programs with the Admissions team to recruit and enroll students who embody the diversity and excellence long associated with the Law School.
This is a professional position that requires extensive travel as well as weekend and evening hours.
- Develop annual admissions plan for the J.D. program. Oversee admissions processes and procedures. Devise admissions policies in conjunction with the Dean, faculty and senior administrators.
- Deep engagement with evaluation and selection of students for admission, including through reading/reviewing applications for admission.
- Analyze and report on admissions statistics throughout admissions cycle and in annual reports to the administration and faculty.
- Counsel prospective applicants regarding admissions requirements, application processes, and preparations for legal study.
- Oversee the review of applicant files.
- Plan and direct recruitment networks by creatively and effectively coordinating the School's current students, faculty, staff and alumni to assist in recruitment efforts.
- Oversee recruitment events and programming for admitted students.
- Create and implement a data-driven marketing, communications, and recruitment strategy that promotes Yale Law School’s J.D. program to a broad and diverse applicant pool through a variety of channels and events.
- Directly supervise the Director of Admissions and Director of Financial Aid.
- Provide direction to the Financial Aid Department on scholarship and loan strategy; serve on committees as necessary.
- Significant knowledge of the goals, mission and challenges of a highly-ranked law school and university environment as they relate to academic preparation, recruitment and admission.
- Experience managing/leading teams, the ability to develop strong professional relationships.
- Demonstrated commitment to collaboration, responsiveness and professionalism.
- Excellent interpersonal, organizational and public relations skills.
- Exceptional written and verbal communication and public speaking/presentation skills.
- The candidate must demonstrate the ability to market the school to diverse audiences; experience working with and motivating diverse populations; and commitment to and experience in a diverse work environment.
- Required: J.D. or equivalent degree. Yale Law School degree preferred.
- Preferred: Experience with/knowledge of Yale Law School and Yale University
Interested applicants should forward a letter of interest and current cv to Karen Alderman, Director of Human Resources, at [email protected]
Entrepreneurship Clinic Faculty Director
Yale Law School
Yale Law School invites applications for an inaugural, full-time faculty director for its new Entrepreneurship Clinic. The position, which will be at the rank of Clinical Associate Professor or Clinical Professor of Law, will begin on July 1, 2018.
A key ambition of Yale University is “to provide an unsurpassed campus learning environment that cultivates innovators, leaders, pioneers, creators, and entrepreneurs in all fields and for all sectors of society.” Yale Law School is contributing to that goal by forming a new Entrepreneurship Clinic, which will provide transactional services and related legal advice to individuals or entities seeking to start or expand their own ventures. The Entrepreneurship Clinic is expected to become a central component of the Yale University student innovation ecosystem, which encompasses both curricular programs (such as the Yale School of Management Programs on Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise), as well as independent, cross-disciplinary centers (such as the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale). Although it is envisioned that clients for the Entrepreneurship Clinic will come primarily from these programs, there may be opportunities for creating partnerships with the Office of Cooperative Research (which focuses on faculty ventures) and with the greater New Haven entrepreneurial community.
In addition to being a central component of the Yale University student innovation ecosystem, the Entrepreneurship Clinic will become an integral part of the business law programs at Yale Law School. Yale Law School has a rich tradition in corporate law and has two Centers devoted to corporate and commercial law, the Center for the Study of Corporate Law and the Center for Private Law. The Centers sponsor lectures, panels, and symposia, which bring together academics, policymakers, and members of the bar and business communities. There is also a large and vibrant student group, the Yale Law & Business Society. In addition, Yale Law School has a strong partnership with the Yale School of Management, as evinced by the joint J.D./M.B.A. program, which students can complete on an accelerated track in three years, as well as in the more conventional four years.
As the inaugural director and a member of the full-time law faculty, the director will shape the future of the Entrepreneurship Clinic. The responsibilities of the position include:
- designing the curriculum for the seminar component of the Clinic, which may cover, among other things: pre-venture counseling; entity selection and tax planning; entity formation or entry into joint ventures or strategic alliances; intellectual property; licensing and regulatory compliance; employee management; non-profit ventures; and start-up financing, and teaching the seminar;
- arranging the fieldwork component of the Clinic and supervising law student representation of clients, including transactional drafting, review, or negotiation, as appropriate, of organizational documents, founder agreements, non-disclosure agreements, employment agreements and accompanying equity compensation agreements, independent contractor agreements, supplier or other vendor agreements, debt documents, and venture investment term sheets;
- building and maintaining relationships between the Clinic and the Yale student innovation programs; and
- participating in the intellectual life of Yale Law School, including interaction with academic and clinical faculty and Centers or Workshops that may touch upon substantive aspects of entrepreneurship.
Yale Law School is open to director candidates at varying stages of their career. If not currently a member, admission to the State Bar of Connecticut will be required before the end of the first year of full-time appointment. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Applicants should have a J.D. degree and a minimum of three-plus years of relevant transactional experience, concentrating on startups or venture capital, or transactional experience in related areas, such as mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets (especially initial public offerings), or intellectual property. A strong candidate will have excellent supervisory and communication skills, the ability to work effectively with students and clients, and an interest in developing clinical experiences for students within a community that supports interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative, passionate teaching.
To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, and list of three references to Professor Roberta Romano, Chair, Entrepreneurship Clinic Appointments Committee, at [email protected]. Please write “Entrepreneurship Clinic Application” in the subject line of the email. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.
Information about clinical and experiential legal education at Yale Law School can be found at this link; additional information about corporate and commercial Law at Yale Law School can be found at this link.
Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual's sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
Director of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives
Yale Law School
Reporting to Director of Admissions, serve as Director and plan and manage recruitment strategies and diversity initiatives for Yale Law School applicants and admitted students. Work with the Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, Director of Admissions, and Associate Director of Admissions to recruit and enroll the most diverse and talented students at Yale Law School.
- Using historical data, survey results, and other resources, identify trends and gaps in recruitment and create long-term and short-term strategies to increase both overall quality and diversity of applicant pool and admitted student yield along a variety of dimensions.
- Identify and travel to fairs and forums not previously attended by Yale Law School, in particular those focused on diverse applicants and pipeline (high school and college) events. Attend diversity and pipeline-related conferences to liaise with other diversity and admissions professionals; learn, report, and implement best practices. Extensive travel will be required.
- Design and implement summer recruitment program to increase pool of prospective applicants to Yale Law School.
- Plan and execute all aspects of Admitted Student Program and Yale Forward diversity program; coordinate and lead Admitted Student Planning Committee through all stages of planning process.
- Create and implement alumni outreach and matching system for admitted student; manage inclusion of alumni in admitted student events.
- Appoint, train, and manage Diversity Representatives and Admissions Representatives; oversee and direct external student-led recruitment initiatives and fairs and forums at which student admissions representatives will be present.
- Work closely with Diversity and Admissions Representatives and student organizations on recruitment issues, including prospective and admitted student outreach.
- Engage in individualized diversity follow-up and recruitment for admitted students; conduct prospective and diversity applicant outreach in person and through social media.
- Review select admissions files as directed by the Associate Dean.
Experience and Training
J.D. plus five years of experience in law-related position(s) OR Bachelor’s degree plus seven years of experience in admissions, placement, student counseling, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Exposure to law school admissions process through personal, volunteer, and/or professional experience strongly preferred.
Skills and Abilities
- Exceptional organizational and oral/written communication skills.
- Strong leadership and management abilities.
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Strong, proven ability to relate and work well with diverse constituents and facilitate dialogue among them.
- Ability to collect, manage, analyze and prepare data for presentation to a variety of audiences.
- Ability to understand and promote the goals and distinct qualities of the Law School.
- Successful candidates will demonstrate creativity, enthusiasm, tact, and a commitment to diversity.
- Preferred: thorough knowledge of admissions practices.