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Director, Mentor Externship Program
The University of St. Thomas

Date Posted Mar. 4, 2019
Title Director, Mentor Externship Program
University The University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, MN, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Law - General

The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a Director, Mentor Externship Program position within the School of Law.


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
This Position is a .625 FTE and is benefits eligible.


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 statement.

The Co-Directors of the Mentor Externship Program are responsible for administering, supervising and assessing the credit and non-credit components of the nationally recognized Mentor Externship Program for each J.D. student in each year of study, and for each foreign lawyer earning an LL.M. degree in his/her year of study. The Co-Directors will ensure that each placement in the program (over 400 each year) is carefully monitored for quality control, ABA compliance, and learning outcomes. The Co-Directors shall work collaboratively with each other and in consultation with the Senior Assistant Dean for External Relations and Programs.


Experiential learning – Fieldwork

The Co-Directors are responsible for all aspects of the fieldwork component of the program. Responsibilities necessary for student success in the fieldwork program include recruiting excellent mentors (lawyers and judges), on-boarding each mentor in the program, providing training for each mentor, creating and managing mentor tools (online and electronic program resources), monitoring each student mentor relationships, and evaluating/providing feedback for each student submission in the Mentor Log for academic credit (roughly 2,000 submissions each year). Each student is strategically paired with a mentor, and the Co-Directors are responsible for educating students on the requirements of the program, and how to make the most of the mentor relationship. At the end of each year, the Co-Directors will evaluate, implement and build on existing assessment tools to measure outcomes and ensure quality control in the program. Co-Directors must make sure all ABA requirements are satisfied.

Experiential learning – Curriculum and Classroom

The Co-Directors also responsible for the curriculum and classroom component of the credit bearing (second- and third-year) Mentor Externship Course. Responsibilities include recruiting adjuncts to teach the courses, anywhere from 22-28 adjuncts each year. The Co-Directors will take into consideration diversity in all its forms in building a representative slate of adjunct (lawyers and judges). Responsibilities also include training and supporting the adjuncts, administering year-end assessments and measuring learning outcomes. The Co-Directors may choose to teach a seminar section.

Mentor Log and Program Tools

The Co-Directors will work with University ITS services to ensure that the Mentor Log system is

capturing the data required to deliver student feedback, assess performance in the program, and assure quality control and compliance with ABA fieldwork requirements. The Co-Directors will also create and manage other program tools for student success, such as reference materials, online surveys, orientation materials, and Canvas.


The Co-Directors will be responsible for creating and providing all required information/reports related to accreditation, faculty review, and other outside agencies.


The Co-Directors, with the assistance of the coordinator for external relations, will manage all internal and external communications and correspondence. The Co-Directors will collaborate with the communications manager and other stakeholders on marketing, outreach and public relations for Mentor Externship including maintaining an accurate and up to date website. The Co-Directors shall also communicate with faculty, mentors and students via electronic communications and other means as appropriate.

Leadership and Service

The Co-Directors will maintain leadership roles in the national and local community. The Co-Directors will connect with and develop strong and mutually supportive relationships with lawyers and judges through volunteer work, conferences, and other networking activities. The Co-Directors will maintain the program’s national status as a leader in law school mentor externships. The Co-Directors will serve on law school committees and otherwise be involved in the life of the University.

Minimum Qualifications

JD and active license required

Ten years of legal work experience (practicing law, teaching, legal administration or a combination).

Preferred Qualifications

A local attorney who has collegial relationships with a significant portion of the local bar and is aware of how law is practiced in the Twin Cities region.


On the University of St. Thomas Jobs page, follow the instructions to complete an online application which includes uploading a resume and copy/pasting a job specific cover letter.

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.

The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website at

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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