The Office of Student Legal Services (SLEG) has responsibility for providing legal advice and services to the students of Indiana University-Bloomington concerning the varied legal matters a population the size of the Bloomington Campus can encounter including prosecuting and defending lawsuits and administrative proceedings brought by and against IU Students. The office also provides advice to students on a day-to-day basis on topics ranging from off-campus housing disputes, immigration matters, civil litigation matters, advising in criminal matters and contract review to financial matters.
Demonstrated ability to thoroughly and professionally advise and zealously and competently represent IU-Bloomington students presenting a wide array of legal issues and problems. Contemporaneous with that advocacy, contributes to the real-world legal education provided to Student Legal Services' (SLS) 2nd and 3rd year law student interns. This educational component includes: supervising the research, analysis and case preparation; consulting with, exemplifying, and instructing interns regarding how to effectively, professionally, and ethically represent their clients; and nurturing their growth from beginner level to polished practitioner.
Additionally, SLS Staff Attorneys will be called upon to both represent clients directly and to supervise and instruct student interns, oversee a caseload, and conduct intern and campus-wide seminars and educational presentations. Staff Attorneys will also contribute to office outreach including, but not limited to the social media presence; will professionally represent the department to the campus and general public; and will serve as a liaison to a diverse student body, administrators, and the campus and local community regarding legal services of the department.
The SLS Staff Attorney will be expected to study and maintain a personal knowledge of IU and state government services, such as those offered by the Division of Student Affairs, Residential Programs and Services, Student Ethics, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Internal Revenue, Federal Trade Commission, and others. Performs other related duties as needed.
FORCONSIDERATION: Submit a letter of interest and resume that provides evidence of the qualifications outlined and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three references that can comment about your qualifications for the position.
REQUIRED: Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from an accredited law school, licensed to practice law in the State of Indiana, and two years of legal experience practicing law.
Demonstrated ability to meet all eligibility requirements set by Indiana University, to comply with all IU policies and procedures, and to operate within a professional and collegial work environment.
Superior ability to analyze and identify legal issues in a higher education setting; strong legal research skills; and excellent communication skills including ability to communicate with varying populations without compromising effectiveness, substance, professionalism, or empathy. Ability to learn and stay current on the University's organization, policies, and practices as well as legal areas affecting IU students. Strong interpersonal skills that reflect courtesy, diplomacy, and a collaborative approach to developing and maintaining effective work relationships.
Three years of experience practicing law, with preference given to litigation experience and clinical practice; practice experience in one or more of Student Legal Services' predominant practice areas, which include landlord-tenant law, criminal law, family law, creditors' rights; familiarity with the Court system in Monroe County, Indiana
Note: Student Legal Services (SLS) serves a diverse population of clients, applicants with experience in immigration law and/or foreign language competency should highlight those skills.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
Repetitive movement getting up and down from a desk and moving around the office. Retrieving files from cabinets requires bending, stooping and reaching. The position requires strong analytical and organizational skills and the ability to work productively and independently while multitasking, and with deadlines in an environment with many interruptions. Ability to use computer, phone, copy machine, and other office equipment is essential.
Ability to climb and descend stairs as needed and to walk to various campus locations as well as the Monroe County Justice Building or other downtown offices.
Ability to transport and carry promotional items to various tabling and outreach events around campus.
Founded in 1820, Indiana University is the state’s public university system, comprised of two core campuses—IU-Bloomington and IUPUI—and six regional campuses located throughout the state. Combined, the total student population is more than 114,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional school students. IU is one of the largest employers in the state, with over 20,000 faculty and staff. Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. Diversity and inclusion remains a core commitment to IU’s mission to cultivate an educational environment that supports equal access, participation and representation on all of its campuses and that provides educational and career opportunities for all.