Clinical Supervising Attorney, Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Stanford Law School

100208 Requisition #

The Mills Legal Clinic of Stanford Law School invites applicants for a Clinical Supervising Attorney position with its Immigrants’ Rights Clinic (IRC). The Clinical Supervising Attorney will join the thriving clinical community at Stanford Law School, where, together with the clinical faculty and staff, they will train law students to work on immigrants’ rights litigation and advocacy. We seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to collaborative work, intentional lawyering, and a growth mindset. 

The IRC is a nationally recognized full-time clinical education program specializing in deportation defense and immigrants’ rights advocacy. The Clinical Supervising Attorney will work in collaboration with Professor Jayashri Srikantiah, Director of the IRC, and Associate Director Lisa Weissman-Ward, to teach, train, and mentor students enrolled in the IRC. The Clinical Supervising Attorney will report to Professor Srikantiah, who will serve as the direct supervisor. The Clinical Supervising Attorney will work in person at Stanford Law School. 

The Clinical Supervising Attorney will supervise clinic students as they engage in: (1) complex litigation representing individual immigrant clients, and (2) broad-based advocacy in partnership with organizations within the immigrants’ rights movement. The direct client representation includes the representation of noncitizen clients before the San Francisco Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and various Federal District Courts in California. The IRC’s movement lawyering docket reflects the clinic’s longstanding commitment to working alongside local and national non-profits committed to community-based lawyering. For almost twenty years, IRC lawyers and students have challenged the federal government’s detention practices, addressed the unfair immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and advanced access to justice. 

The IRC is one of ten clinics comprising the Mills Legal Clinic, one of the nation’s leading law school clinical programs.  The Stanford clinical program is unique in that students participate in a clinic on a full-time basis for an entire academic quarter: they do not take any other courses during that quarter, they work in the clinic space each business day, and they focus exclusively and intensively on their clients and cases. This model allows for highly intentional, reflective, and iterative case work and the ability to provide deep, nuanced supervision and mentoring to students. 

The Clinical Supervising Attorney is part of the vibrant intellectual community within the Law School and Stanford University at large. The Clinical Supervising Attorney will be invited to attend periodic faculty workshops at which scholars from Stanford and throughout the world present research and works in progress, and may attend similar talks elsewhere in the university. The IRC also provides resources for its supervising attorneys to participate in conferences, continuing education, and other professional development activities. 

The Clinical Supervising Attorney will participate in all activities of the clinic and will:

  • engage in client development, including conducting intakes at the Mills Legal Clinic offices and local immigration detention facilities;
  • engage deeply in the supervision of clinic students, particularly small-group supervision and review of students’ written work, client interactions, and oral advocacy; 
  • collaborate with the IRC Director and Associate Director with curriculum design, development of teaching materials, classroom teaching, student evaluation, client selection, and clinic operations; and
  • engage in substantial independent client representation and advocacy


Applicants for the Clinical Supervising Attorney position must have:

  • 4-10 years of experience representing clients in complex matters before the immigration courts, the federal district courts, and the federal courts of appeals;
  • experience conducting one or more forms of broad-based immigrants’ rights advocacy, including complex litigation, administrative and legislative advocacy, public education, media work, or grassroots organizing;
  • strong academic credentials;
  • excellent teamwork skills;
  • excellence in supervising students or the demonstrated potential for such excellence; and
  • membership in the California Bar or willingness to sit for the California Bar Exam.

Spanish language fluency is an additional plus factor. 

Applicants should submit application materials by applying through the Stanford Careers website (reference job number 100208). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, with the expectation that interviews will begin in mid-September 2023 for a preferred start date in fall 2023. 

  • a statement no longer than two pages describing: (i) prior experience in immigration litigation and advocacy; (ii) other relevant experience; and (iii) information relevant to the applicant's interest and potential for clinical supervision and teaching;
  • a current resume or CV;
  • a list of at least three references;
  • a complete law school transcript; and
  • a sample brief that the applicant authored (without substantial editing by others) that was filed in immigration court or the federal courts.

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The expected base pay range for this position is $110,000-$163,000. 

Stanford University has provided a pay range representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for the position. The pay offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors including (but not limited to) the experience and qualifications of the selected candidate including years since terminal degree, training, and field or discipline; departmental budget availability; internal equity; and external market pay for comparable jobs.


Note: The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

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 the job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Stanford Law School seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University.

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