Lecturer and Clinical Instructor, BU/MIT Startup Law Clinic

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BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, a top-tier law school with an international reputation, is a community of leading legal scholars, teachers, students, and alumni, dedicated to providing one of the finest legal educations in the world. The breadth and depth of our curriculum, especially our clinical program, as well as our innovative spirit are distinctive in American legal education.

Boston University School of Law is seeking to hire a full-time Lecturer / Clinical Instructor with a focus on transactional intellectual property law to serve in its Startup Law Clinic (the “Clinic”). The Clinic is part of a unique collaboration between BU Law and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is part of BU Law’s Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property, and Cyberlaw Program. The School of Law believes that the cultural and social diversity of our faculty, staff, and students is vitally important to the distinction and excellence of our academic programs. To that end, we are especially eager to hear from applicants who support our institutional commitment to BU as an inclusive, equitable, and diverse community.

The Clinic’s clients are current students at MIT and BU who the Clinic represents on matters related to a wide range of legal issues faced by early-stage nonprofit and business ventures. The Lecturer and Clinical  Instructor would be expected to supervise law students as they counsel and represent BU and MIT student clients in transactional settings, including on intellectual property matters. Clients often present questions of law involving overall intellectual property strategy, including patentability analysis; copyright, trademark, patent, and data use licensing; trademark and copyright registrations and office action responses; and pre-litigation IP disputes. Experience representing startup and early-stage nonprofit ventures is considered a plus. Prior work with corporate and nonprofit law issues, including entity formation and equity allocation; startup financing; employment and independent contractor issues; and/or third-party contractual relationships would be considered valuable additional  experience. Familiarity with clinical legal education is also considered a strong plus.

The Lecturer and Clinical Instructor will be part of a team, working with the other clinic faculty who oversee the operation and development of the program. The faculty member’s primary responsibility will be to supervise and assist students with direct client representation matters, teach and develop curricular materials for the Clinic’s academic-year-long seminar, and assist in the strategic growth and development of the Clinic. Clinical faculty serve on twelve-month contracts, and this Lecturer and Clinical Instructor, like their colleagues in the Clinic, hold responsibility for supervising student fellows hired to continue the work of the Clinic during the summer.  Faculty in the Clinic have created a rotation system to allow for some time to work on scholarship during the summers. The Lecturer and Clinical Instructor would also work with the other clinic faculty to develop generalized legal resources and informational material to inform MIT and BU students on the legal aspects of forming and operating for-profit and nonprofit entities.

The attorney will be hired as a Lecturer and Clinical Instructor to an approximate two-year contract expiring June 30, 2024, with opportunity for renewal, contingent on performance and ongoing funding. The ideal start date is July 1, 2022.

Since we opened our doors in 1872, Boston University School of Law has been committed to admitting and building our classes without regard to race, gender, or religion. We are dedicated to building a just, inclusive, and engaged community of faculty and students. We have more work to do to make our environment more just. Boston University School of Law is committed not only to the ideals of faculty diversity and inclusion but also to the work of creating and implementing practices that combat exclusion and inequity by race, gender, gender identity, disability status, religion, or other identities subject to historical subordination. We strive to foster a more inclusive intellectual culture that represents and encourages a broad range of intellectual traditions and approaches to the law. We welcome expressions of interest from applicants of all identities, intellectual traditions, and perspectives.

Tagged as: clinical, copyright, intellectual property, startups, trademark, transactions

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