Adjunct Law Faculty-Indigent Criminal Justice Practicum

Penn State University

University Park Campus
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Penn State Law in University Park invites applications for a short-term faculty position for Spring 2018 teaching in our Indigent Criminal Justice Practicum. The Indigent Criminal Justice Practicum provides students with the opportunity to represent indigent criminal defendants accused of misdemeanor offenses in the Centre County Court of Common Pleas under the supervision of an attorney from the Centre County Public Defender Office. Students learn litigation, negotiation and advocacy skills as they represent defendants through all stages of a criminal case. This hands-on experience is accompanied by a classroom component designed to give students guidance, feedback and an open forum to discuss their cases and the various facets of defense work. The subject matter of the classroom component is designed to follow the progress of each student’s cases as those cases work their way through the various stages of the criminal justice system. The Indigent Criminal Justice Practicum has two primary objectives: to provide criminal defendants who cannot afford private counsel with highly effective representation that is client-centered, professional and ethical; and to create a structured and supervised environment which enables each student to gain a detailed, working knowledge of how to represent a defendant; apply that knowledge to actual criminal cases; and gain feedback and reflection after each important stage of the case. Applicants should have a J.D. degree, a distinguished career in criminal law, good standing with the Pennsylvania Bar, and significant trial experience. Previous teaching experience is preferred but not required, as is a strong current or prior connection to the Centre County Office of the Public Defender. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled. Penn State Law is one of The Dickinson Schools of Law of the Pennsylvania State University. Please visit our website at:

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088