Job ID: 189763

Clinic Supervising Attorney - International Human Rights Law Clinic - School of Law

University of California Berkeley

  • Jul. 22, 2022
  • Clinic Supervising Attorney - International Human Rights Law Clinic - School of Law
  • University of California Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
  • 09/09/2022
  • Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Clinical Training

Clinic Supervising Attorney - International Human Rights Law Clinic - School of Law

Position overview Position title: Clinic Supervising Attorney Salary range: Hiring at salary point Level 16 (projected to be $116,258 effective 7/1/2022) Percent time: 100% Anticipated start: July 1, 2022 Position duration: Initial one-year term with eligibility for renewal Application Window
Open date: May 9th, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, Jun 6, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Sep 9, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Berkeley Law International Human Rights Law Clinic (IHRLC) seeks applications for a Clinic Supervising Staff Attorney.

Under the supervision of the Clinic Directors, the Supervising Attorney's general responsibilities include training and supervising students in client representation; working on the clinic's docket of projects and cases, managing one or more legal cases or projects independently (i.e., without a co-supervisor); and performing varied administrative and other tasks to assist in Clinic's and Clinical Program's operation.

IHRLC advances human rights at home and abroad through litigation, documentation, evidence-based policy work, and client-centered advocacy on a range of cases and urgent issues. One of the oldest human rights clinics in the country, the clinic has pioneered a client-centered, multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to its work. Students hold perpetrators of mass violence accountable in international and domestic courts, fight for justice for migrants at the border and immigrants in our community, and protect human rights defenders under threat from authoritarian regimes.

IHRLC is committed to preparing law students from diverse backgrounds and providing first-rate legal services to underrepresented individuals, marginalized communities, and public interest organizations. The Clinical Program is committed to building an equitable and inclusive faculty and staff to teach and work in a multicultural and antiracist learning environment. The law school provides support for Supervising Attorneys to attend conferences that advance their professional development goals and interests.

Under the supervision of the Clinic Directors, the Supervising Attorney will be responsible for:

Clinical Supervision and Advocacy (80%)
  • Train, teach, and supervise six to eight clinic students per semester
  • Manage clinic projects and cases and vet new clinic projects and cases
  • Develop and maintain clinic relationships with clients, partners, co-counsel, and other stakeholders
  • Travel to offsite meetings as needed to work on clinic matters (often with students)
  • Attend and assist in teaching of the weekly clinic seminar on an as-needed basis
  • Manage the clinic docket during summers, winter break, and faculty leaves

    Administrative Duties (15%)
  • Helping maintain clinic and client files, course materials, website, and social media feeds
  • Organize programmatic events, such as conferences, workshops and speaker series
  • Promote the clinic to students and other constituencies
  • Engage in media relations and development
  • Serve on Clinical Program and law school committees
  • Speak at public events and with the press, and otherwise participating in professional networking, training, and development activities

    Other Duties as Assigned (5%)
  • Perform other duties as needed

    UC Field Work Supervisors are academic appointees in an organized bargaining unit and are exclusively represented by American Federation of Teachers - Unit 18.

    Additional materials may be required of applicants.

    You can read more about the clinic's matters and staff, here:

    Labor Contract:
    Qualifications Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Candidates must hold a J.D. degree, or equivalent international degree
    Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • Admission to practice law in at least one state
  • At least three (3) years of post-graduate experience in law practice
    Preferred qualifications
  • Five (5) or more years of human rights practice experience
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in multimodal advocacy initiatives including litigation, fact-finding, policy advocacy, and empirical studies
  • Excellent analytical, communication, organizational, and planning skills
  • Willingness to work on IHRLC's full range of cases and projects
  • Career intention to practice in public interest, public sector, and/or clinical setting
  • Substantive knowledge and experience with international human rights standards and institutions
  • Experience in clinical teaching or as a clinical law student
  • Experience working with diverse communities, clients and other stakeholders
  • Ability to manage cases and projects and supervise students independently
  • Spanish language ability
    Application Requirements Document requirements

    • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

    • Cover Letter

    • Legal Advocacy Writing Sample - A sample of written legal work no longer than 12 pages

    • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to
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    Campus Information

    Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

    The University of California, Berkeley 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, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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    As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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