Director, Pro Bono and Externship Programs

Posted by: Stanford Law School

Stanford, CA, US

Application Deadline: June 27, 2016

NOTE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews for this position will be conducted in mid-July. We encourage interested applicants to apply earlier rather than later.


The John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law (“Levin Center”) at Stanford Law School (SLS) seeks to hire a full-time Director to oversee its Pro Bono and Externship Programs.

Stanford Law’s Levin Center is responsible for the development, administration, and implementation of programs, events, workshops, and curricula that promote and support public service in the legal profession for our students. It works with SLS students, faculty and administration, as well as alumni and employers in the public interest field, to generate a world-class public interest program. The mission of the Center also includes providing support to development of the public interest legal field. To advance that mission, it hosts practitioner convenings, engages in research, provides consulting to non-profits and foundations, and works with partner organizations to develop reports as well as disseminate information that supports the health and sustainability of the public interest sector.


The Director will administer, implement and manage two key programs that support law student learning about public interest and public service practice. These programs are integral to SLS’s commitment to the responsibilities of the legal profession to address the justice gap as well as its implementation of experiential learning goals established by the profession.

This position is responsible for development, expansion, and oversight of the law school’s Pro Bono Program. The Pro Bono Program is a voluntary program that encourages students to engage in at least 50 hours of law-related pro bono service during their time at the law school. The Director will engage with non-profit organizations and government agencies to create volunteer projects that are educational, supported and well-supervised. This position will also manage the law school’s Externship Program, which requires coordination with external organizations, oversight of student experiential learning off-site, as well as teaching a required companion course for second- and third-year students every quarter.

Both programs require the Director to become familiar with university and department policies and procedures as well as requirements established by state bar associations or the American Bar Association.

The Director also provides career and academic advising to law students and alumni, program support, and engages in coordination with other law school programs. The Director will work independently, with responsibility for setting goals and priorities with minimum supervision. All Levin Center staff engage in some level of program administration but there is administrative support for all staff.

This is a full-time staff position that will report to the Associate Dean of Public Service and Public Interest Law. Our ideal candidate will be able to start by early September 2016.


Program Development, Coordination and Oversight (70%)

Pro Bono Program duties will include: (20%)

  • recruitment of student participants,
  • managing outreach and communication with respective constituencies (e.g., faculty, students, student organizations, legal services and other organizations),
  • administration of application and data management processes,
  • evaluation of program and implementation of ongoing improvements, including analysis of student and program feedback
  • oversight of student participation in pro bonoprojects, including:
    • regular meetings with students and student groups engaged in project development and pro bono projects,
    • conducting reflection sessions with students,
    • meetings and site visits with organizational partners as well as negotiation of Memoranda of Understanding
  • management of program budget,
  • interpret and implement university related academic policies,
  • develop subject matter expertise regarding governing agencies’ rules regarding pro bono requirements for bar admission for SLS graduates
  • direct work of other staff for data management and systems implementation

Externship Program duties will include: (50%)

  • provision of direct advice to students on range of issues regarding benefits and appropriateness of specific externship sites in relation to academic and career goals,
  • administration of student applications and approval processes,
  • development of syllabus to teach quarterly Externship Companion Course,
  • communication with law faculty regarding supervision of out of area externships,
  • meeting with and evaluation of legal organizations, government agencies, and others to ensure effective supervision is provided and to enhance the program
  • representation of SLS in Bay Area Consortium on Externships (BACE)
  • develop subject matter expertise regarding governing agencies’ rules regarding experiential learning requirements
  • direct work of other staff for data management and systems implementation

Career Services and Advising (25%)

  • Provide employment and academic advice and counsel to law students
  • Responsible for updating career-related publications
  • Maintain and build relationships with potential summer and permanent employers and externship sponsors
  • Analyze trends to identify new practice areas and new organizations and agencies in the public interest and public sector markets
  • Represent SLS with public interest career consortia and at career development conferences
  • General Program and Events Development and Support (5%)
    • Assist Associate Dean and Levin Center Executive Director with workshops, symposia, panels and presentations
    • Provide general support for event logistics
    • Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

  • JD required with a minimum of 5 years of experience working as a lawyer in the public interest or government legal sector, or in the private sector with significant pro bono experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and communication skills, including the ability to produce high-quality written materials, engage in public speaking, manage electronic communications, and communicate with a wide variety of constituents.
  • Experience teaching law students and/or training lawyers, including developing classroom based or work place curriculum for adult learners.
  • Experience in student advising and counseling, or supervising junior staff.
  • Works well independently and as part of team efforts.
  • Experience prioritizing and handling multiple assignments.
  • Sensitivity to diversity of student body and career interests.
  • Ability to cultivate collaborative relationships with internal and external constituencies.
  • Ability to identify and pro-actively solve problems, including to ensure and apply compliance requirements with legal, financial and university policies and external regulations.
  • Relevant computer and technology experience.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends, engage in local travel or occasional overnight travel.


  • Frequently sit, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally stand, walk, twist, use fine manipulation, grasp, use a telephone, write by hand, sort and file paperwork, lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies established in the University’s Administrative Guide (

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