Job o’ the Day: Community Justice Project Graduate Teaching Fellowships at Georgetown University Law Center

Interested in helping marginalized communities through advocacy, public relations, media communications, lobbying, legislative/policy drafting and community organizing? Want to share your commitment to social justice with current law students through training and practice? Check out today’s Job o’ the Day with the Community Justice Project at Georgetown Law:

The clinic embraces a focused and explicit use of clinical education to enhance the students’ commitment to social justice. In short, in addition to specific traditional legal skills, The Community Justice Project teaches students about the commitment that will sustain and energize people over the long haul, the tactics that can produce success in particular cases, and the sense of strategy that looks to long-term (perhaps very long-term) success, and participation in a protracted struggle for justice.

Students represent individual clients in Unemployment Insurance Appeal cases, starting with an initial interview and ending with an administrative hearing two weeks later. In addition to their direct representation cases, students are also assigned to a Project Team for the semester. The Projects vary in their substance, size of Project Team, type of client, type of responsibilities, and timelines. Through these projects, students are able to engage in a breadth of lawyering and creative advocacy skills. These Projects provide a platform for students to think strategically about the project of justice and redefine what “winning” means. Our students have done work in the community to provide justice in many areas. For more detail on specific projects, please see the descriptions of our past projects.

Description of the Fellowship

The Community Justice Project hires one individual to serve as a clinical teaching fellow and supervising attorney each year, for a two-year term. Fellows have several areas of responsibility, with an increasing role as the fellowship progresses. First, fellows supervise students in direct representation cases, as co-supervisors with experienced fellows and faculty and then on their own. Second, fellows co-supervise one or more Project Teams of students. Third, the fellows and faculty share responsibility for teaching seminar sessions. Fourth, fellows share in the administrative and case handling responsibilities of the clinic. Finally, fellows participate in a clinical pedagogy seminar and other activities designed to support an interest in clinical teaching and legal education.

The Community Justice Project will only consider applicants with at least 1 year of post-J.D. legal experience. The deadline to apply is December 3, 2012. For more information, view the full job listing at PSJD.org (log-in required).

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