Duke University, School of Law

Position ID:Duke-Law-IRCFEL22 [#21470]
Position Title: Clinical Fellow, Immigrant Rights Clinic
Position Type:Non-regular rank faculty
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Law
Appl Deadline:2022/05/03 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2022/03/22, finished 2022/06/03, listed until 2022/05/03)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Clinical Fellow, Immigrant Rights Clinic, Duke University School of Law

Duke Law seeks to fill a Clinical Fellow position in its Immigrant Rights Clinic beginning in August 2022. 

Duke Law has deep faculty, student and institutional engagement in immigrant and civil rights. The Clinical Fellow will work closely with the two faculty in the Immigrant Rights Clinic—its Director and Supervising Attorney/Clinical Professor of Law (Teaching).  Working under the supervision of the Clinic’s faculty, they will help supervise student casework and participate in the planning and teaching of the Clinic seminar. They will also assist in supporting the events and pro bono projects organized by the Duke Immigrant & Refugee Project (DIRP), including emergency response programs, and community resource development. The Clinical Fellow will also work closely with faculty and staff in the Clinic and DIRP’s student leaders to identify new projects and expand existing programs.

The individual selected for the position will receive mentorship in teaching, scholarship, and immigrant rights lawyering and will have an opportunity to work with other faculty members throughout the law school.

The term of the appointment is for two years with the possibility of an extension for a third year. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and competitive with similar fellowship positions at other top U.S. law schools. Please note that as Duke University is undertaking instruction in-person, this appointment similarly requires that the Clinical Fellow be in-residence (not remote).


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • A J.D. degree and bar admission at the time of application.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant experience.
  • A record of, or demonstrated potential for, clinical teaching, advocacy, and intellectual engagement, as well as an enthusiastic commitment to working closely with students.
  • Experience supervising students and/or junior colleagues.
  • Career intention to practice in immigrant rights, civil rights, and/or clinical setting.
  • Excellent research, analytical, communication, organizational, and writing skills.
  • Strong inter-personal skills, including cross-cultural communication.
  • In-depth knowledge of, and practical engagement in, asylum law and deportation defense.
  • Ability to multi-task across several core components of human rights legal education, including clinical, externship, fellowship, and pro bono activities.
  • Contributions and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including in classroom settings as well as experience working with diverse stakeholders.
  • Spanish proficiency.

Application requirements 

Applicants must apply through AcademicJobsOnline.org no later than April 29. Please also send a copy of all application materials to Lauren Maxey at lauren.maxey@duke.edu. Applications are considered on a rolling basis so early application is encouraged.  The following materials are required for a complete application:

  • CV
  • Cover letter/Statement of interest
  • A sample of written legal work no longer than 15 pages
  • List of 3 references (contact information only)

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
email address
210 Science Drive
Suite 1015, Duke Box 90362
Durham, NC 27708-0362