Director of Law Clinic Operations

  • University of St. Thomas
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • Oct 26, 2023
Full time Education Legal

Job Description


The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a Director position within the Interprofessional Center (IPC).


The University of St. Thomas embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our convictions of dignity, diversity and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.  The University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer (EOE).  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, status as a protected veteran, or other protected characteristic. We are committed to building a skilled team that represents a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. This commitment is consistent with our mission: Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.  A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.



The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

  • Up to 100% tuition remission for employees, spouses, and dependents upon eligibility
  • A generous Employer retirement contribution of 9.4% of annual salary upon eligibility
  • Medical, dental, and vision options
  • Employer-paid disability, life, and AD&D benefits


The Director of Clinic Operations (DCO) is responsible for administering, supervising, and assessing the operational and non-credit components of the Legal Services Clinic (“LSC”), and reports to the Director of Legal Clinics (DLC). This position is responsible for the leadership and supervision of the clinic staff (excluding fellows hired to work in collaboration with a full-time faculty members).  This position will work in collaboration with the DLC and clinic faculty to monitor for quality control, ABA compliance, compliance with the Rules of Professional Responsibility, and law school learning outcomes.  This position will oversee and build a culture of aspirational ethics to the LSC’s vision for advancing the professional identity of each clinic student. 


This position needs to be available to students for consultation, if a faculty member or fellow is not available, on questions related to client service.  Responding to the needs of faculty and clinic students is a regular staple of the job.  This position is the administrative and operations anchor of the LSC and is expected to use their legal expertise in client service, case management, legal practice, and administration to work with the professors and attorneys in the LSC.


To learn more about the IPC, click the link.





  • Management of Day to Day Affairs


    • Manage the day-to-day operations of the LSC, including oversight for all prospective and existing client communication systems.


    • Support faculty and staff to ensure continuous client services as cases transition to new student attorneys and/or professors.


    • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to arrange and execute orientation, and regularly to onboard each clinic and clinic student.


    • Assist faculty on case management as appropriate.


  • Maintain Clinic Best Practices


    • Stay current on best practices and innovation in clinical legal education. Under the supervision of the DLC, develop and implement procedures to support clinical practice and education, such file maintenance and archiving.


    • Manage the LSC conflicts of interest processes to protect client interests.


    • Collect and evaluate data to help faculty understand clinic enrollment trends and student engagement.


  • Compliance and reporting


    • Work with the DLC annually to evaluate, implement, and build on existing assessment tools to measure outcomes, ensure quality control, and satisfy all ABA requirements.


    • Provide data as required by the university malpractice insurance carrier and other public and private agencies.


    • Manage student admission to practice under MN Rules of Student Practice.. 


  • Finance and Budget


    • Work collaboratively with the DLC and the law school’s director of finance to operate the trust account and ensure compliance with applicable rules. 


    • Develop a strong working knowledge of the LSC and IPC budget and steward the budget.


    • Work with the DLC and with university development professionals to support the philanthropic and financial success of the clinic and experiential learning.


  • IT and Systems

    • Work collaboratively with university tech services so that all clinic stakeholders have the appropriate program tools, such as reference materials, case management tools, billing tools, online surveys, orientation materials, Clio, Prima and Canvas. 



  • Manage and supervise clinic staff in alignment with LSC and IPC objectives and vision to promote maximum staff member benefit and effectiveness as well as overall functional productivity.
  • Maintain a supportive connection to each legal clinic, providing guidance on process, policies, oversight, and quality control.

Student Engagement

  • Assist with recruiting students to enroll in clinics, and coach them through skill development and client relationships.
  • Serve a key point person for student questions, inquiries, and support. 


  • Serve on law school and interprofessional committees as appropriate.
  • Partner with the DLC and law school marketing professionals to highlight success and impact stories for the School of Law.


Minimum Qualifications

  • JD and active license required
  • Minimum of six years of legal practice experience, and firm management experience is a plus Candidate should understand the nuances of the practice of law and how law firms are managed


All interested candidates must apply online at Follow the instructions to complete an online application which includes creating or updating an applicant profile, uploading a resume, and completing a job specific application.


In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires consent and successful completion of a background screening.

Official job posting is available at