Director, Externships Program and Co-Director Indigent Criminal Justice Practicum

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Penn State Law and School of International Affairs
Dean's Office


Penn State Law seeks a Director for its Externships Program. The Director manages J.D., and some L.L.M, students, in externships at judicial, educational, government, public interest, international, corporate, and law firm placements. Duties include teaching the classroom component of the externship course, coordinating externship supervision with diverse externship sites, counseling students, reviewing student applications and placing students in externships. In conjunction with other supervising faculty, the Director reviews and provides feedback on student essay submissions and works with students and supervisors to maximize student success in their externship placements. The Director coordinates with the Career Services team to conduct regular outreach to existing and potential externship sites, confirms that student externship placements fit with students’ career goals and paths, and develops relationships and robust options for student externships. The Director works directly with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs ensuring that all externships comply with ABA Standards for Legal Education as well as University and School of Law rules and regulations. This faculty member also serves as Co-Director of the Indigent Criminal Justice Practicum, which is described above in the announcement for the Director, Legal Analysis and Writing for L.L.M and SJD Programs. This faculty position, however, supervises the post-conviction relief track of the practicum. The Co-Director will expose students to issues at the trial and appellate courts as well as at state prisons. Students also will get the opportunity to advocate for broader changes in the criminal justice system through the filing of amicus briefs. This course includes a classroom component designed to foster both critical thinking and practical knowledge. As a Co-Director, the faculty member will be responsible for this aspect of the practicum. This faculty member will also assist the Director of Legal Analysis and Writing for L.L.M and SJD Programs; and may be requested to teach courses in criminal law, and/or legal skills in the J.D. curriculum. This position is part of a system of faculty contracts progressing to presumptively renewable long-term contracts, and is not part of the Law School’s tenure stream. This position requires a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, admission to the Pennsylvania Bar, or the ability to waive into the Bar, plus 7 years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The ideal candidate will have exemplary skills in law teaching, criminal defense practice, legal writing, oral and written communication, and interpersonal exchange with individuals from different countries and cultures. The ability to self-manage, multitask, and organize work independently is crucial to success in this position. Some international travel may be required. The position will begin on July 1, 2020.

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