Clinical Instructor-Criminal Justice Institute

Clinical Instructor-Criminal Justice Institute

locationUnited States
PublishedPublished: 1/26/2024
Full Time


Clinical Instructor-Criminal Justice Institute

Harvard Law School


Job Summary

Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) is inviting applications for a Clinical Instructor. CJI is a public defender clinic that provides zealous defense to indigent adults and juvenile clients facing misdemeanor and felony charges in Boston area criminal courts. Student practice includes case investigation, trial court work from arraignment to disposition, and interlocutory appellate representation in the Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court. The clinic also represents clients in compassionate release proceedings, and has an active amicus practice before the SJC. CJI students learn to provide client-centered representation, developing their advocacy skills to help their clients both in and out of the courtroom. Reporting to the Director and the Deputy Director of the Institute, the Clinical Instructor provides law students with a rigorous educational experience while also ensuring that clients accused or convicted of crime and/or delinquency are provided with high-quality legal representation. 

Position Description

As a Clinical Instructor you will: 

  • Supervise law students each semester in all aspects of client representation, assist in classroom teaching and curriculum development, provide written evaluations for students, cover student cases when necessary;  
  • serve as lead counsel in some cases; 
  • assist in a variety of Institute initiatives, including conferences and other educational programs, research, amicus briefs on issues impacting CJI clients, and other written projects; 
  • participate in the three-week Trial Advocacy Workshop critiquing student performances and giving demonstrations of trial components. 

Basic Qualifications

Candidates must have earned a J.D. at least 3 years ago, have at least 3 years of relevant experience, and be admitted to the Massachusetts bar or eligible for temporary admission pursuant to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04. 

Additional Qualifications and Skills

We are looking for people who have: 

  • Three years of criminal defense trial practice and/or juvenile defense law experience an asset 
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills;  
  • Motivation, initiative and commitment to meeting the legal needs of indigent persons charged with, or convicted of, crimes or delinquency;  
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, and in demanding, high stress circumstances; 
  • Experience with training, supervising, teaching, or mentoring law students, beginning attorneys, and familiarity with clinical pedagogy is helpful. 
  • We strongly encourage BIPOC individuals and those from other historically underrepresented communities to apply.   

Working Conditions

This position requires a great deal of local travel and the instructor must be able to provide their own transportation to and from work-related appointments.  Evening and weekend hours are periodically required to meet student and/or client needs. 

Additional Information

This is a three-year term appointment with potential for renewal subject to funding and departmental need. 

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume. Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis. We are looking to fill this position in Spring of 2024, with a mid-April start date.  

We regret that Harvard Law School is unable to provide visa sponsorship for staff positions. 
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.

About Us

Be a part of excellence and leadership in legal education and scholarship at Harvard Law School. We are a community of talented people from diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and perspectives, dedicated to advancing the cause of justice all over the world. We value our differences and our diversity as a source of strength. We are committed to developing and inspiring our students and our workforce. Whoever you are, whatever you do, however you do it, Harvard Law School is a place where you can thrive.


We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website (https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards) to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Job Function

Faculty & Student Services

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code

167058 Clinical Lawyer

Work Format

Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)



Salary Grade



Criminal Justice Institute


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status


Pre-Employment Screening

Education, Identity, License/Cert.


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EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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