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BU School of Law
Boston, MA, United States
21 days ago
BU School of Law
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
21 days ago

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Lecturer and Clinical Instructor, BU/MIT Startup Law Clinic

Boston University School of Law

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, a top-tier law school with an international reputation, is a community of leading legal scholars, teachers, students, and alumni, dedicated to providing one of the finest legal educations in the world. The breadth and depth of our curriculum, especially our clinical program, as well as our innovative spirit are distinctive in American legal education.   

Boston University School of Law is seeking to hire a full-time Lecturer / Clinical Instructor with a focus on transactional intellectual property law to serve in its Startup Law Clinic (the “Clinic”). The Clinic is part of a unique collaboration between BU Law and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is part of BU Law’s Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property, and Cyberlaw Program. The School of Law believes that the cultural and social diversity of our faculty, staff, and students is vitally important to the distinction and excellence of our academic programs. To that end, we are especially eager to hear from applicants who support our institutional commitment to BU as an inclusive, equitable, and diverse community.

The Clinic’s clients are current students at MIT and BU which the Clinic represents on matters related to a wide range of legal issues faced by early-stage nonprofit and business ventures. The attorney would be expected to supervise law students as they counsel and represent these clients in transactional settings, including on intellectual property matters. Clients often present questions of law involving overall intellectual property strategy, including patentability analysis; copyright, trademark, patent, and data use licensing; trademark and copyright registrations and office action responses; and pre-litigation IP disputes. Experience representing startup and early-stage nonprofit ventures is considered a plus. Prior work with corporate and nonprofit law issues, including entity formation and equity allocation; startup financing; employment and independent contractor issues; and/or third party contractual relationships would be considered valuable additional  experience. Familiarity with clinical legal education is also considered a strong plus.

The Lecturer and Clinical Instructor will be part of a team, working with the other clinic faculty that oversee the operation and development of the program. Their primary responsibility will be to supervise and assist students with direct client representation matters, teach and develop curricular materials for the Clinic’s year-long seminar, and assist in the strategic growth and development of the Clinic. The position is a year-round position and the Lecturer and Clinical Instructor also would supervise student fellows hired to continue the work of the clinic during the summer. The Lecturer and Clinical Instructor would also work with the other clinic faculty to develop generalized legal resources and informational material to inform MIT and BU students on the legal aspects of forming and operating for-profit and nonprofit entities. 

The ideal candidate is a member of the Massachusetts bar or is eligible for membership via admission by motion, with at least two years of experience advising clients in a transactional setting, and a willingness to support the work of creative and innovative young clients. Teaching experience or a strong interest in developing as a clinical faculty member is also considered a plus. Exceptional writing, editing, organizational, and managerial skills are required.

The attorney will be hired as a Lecturer and Clinical Instructor to an approximate two-year contract expiring June 30, 2024, with opportunity for renewal, contingent on performance and ongoing funding. The ideal start date is July 1, 2022.

Since we opened our doors in 1872, Boston University School of Law has been committed to admitting and building our classes without regard to race, gender, or religion. We are dedicated to building a just, inclusive, and engaged community of faculty and students. We have more work to do to make our environment more just. Boston University School of Law is committed not only to the ideals of faculty diversity and inclusion but also to the work of creating and implementing practices that combat exclusion and inequity by race, gender, gender identity, disability status, religion, or other identities subject to historical subordination. We strive to foster a more inclusive intellectual culture that represents and encourages a broad range of intellectual traditions and approaches to the law. We welcome expressions of interest from applicants of all identities, intellectual traditions, and perspectives.  

How to Apply:

Applicants should send a letter of interest and a resume to Jim Wheaton, Director of the Startup Law Clinic. Email applications are encouraged and should be sent to lclinic2@bu.edu. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.

To learn more about the law school, visit our website at www.bu.edu/law, and to learn more about the Clinic, please visit https://sites.bu.edu/startuplaw/. If you have specific questions about the position, contact Jim Wheaton at jwheaton@bu.edu or Associate Dean for Experiential Education Karen Pita Loor at loork@bu.edu.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.



Requirements

The ideal candidate is a member of the Massachusetts bar or is eligible for membership via admission by motion, with at least two years of experience advising clients in a transactional setting, and a willingness to support the work of creative and innovative young clients. Teaching experience or a strong interest in developing as a clinical faculty member is also considered a plus. Exceptional writing, editing, organizational, and managerial skills are required.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 64167258
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Position Title: Lecturer and Clinical Instructor, BU/MIT Startup Law Clinic
  • Company Name For Job: BU School of Law
  • Area of Focus: IP General,Law
  • Job Function: Copyright Registration,
    IP General,
    Other
  • Job Type: Full-Time

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