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Associate Director of Professional Development (4516U), Berkeley Law
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Dec. 5, 2019
Title Associate Director of Professional Development (4516U), Berkeley Law
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Law - General

Associate Director of Professional Development (4516U), Berkeley Law

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: December 26, 2019

Departmental Overview

Berkeley Law is one of the nation's premier law schools, located at one of the world's great universities, in one of the most vibrant places on the planet. As one of the 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley, it is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation.

The law school has produced leaders in law, government, and society, including Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren, Secretary of State of the United States Dean Rusk, American civil rights activist Pauli Murray, California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, president and founder of the Equal Justice Society Eva Paterson, United States Northern District of California Judge Thelton Henderson, and Attorney General of the United States Edwin Meese.

The Associate Director of LL.M. Professional Development provides expert career advice and counseling to students and alumni of the Advanced Degree Programs Office (ADP). On a parallel with career counselors in Berkeley Law's Career Development Office, this position has experience in legal practice and expert knowledge of the legal job market, including practice areas that are requiring increasingly more international expertise. The position reports to the Senior Director of LL.M. Professional Development (Senior Director) and collaborates with other ADP advisers on improving the student experience in the LL.M. (Master of Laws) and J.S.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science) degree programs.


Career Advising:

  • Helps students and alumni identify their interests, values, skills, and personalities, and understand how these factors relate to academic/career satisfaction and choices.
  • Provides one-on-one career advising to students, including resume writing and editing, interviewing skills and practice, and U.S. business etiquette and networking skills.
  • Participates in the wider legal professional development community to identify trends and opportunities for students.
  • Assists the Senior Director on designing materials for presentations and participates in workshops for students.

Student Support:

  • Meets with students one-on-one to help them adjust to the demands of graduate legal education, and direct and facilitate their access to supportive resources as necessary.

Academic Advising:

  • Communicates and informs students on degree requirements, requirements for different certificates, bar exam requirements, and general course planning, including their potential impact on professional development goals.
  • Provides one-on-one academic advising, regarding course selection, workload management, study skills, and adapting to U.S. legal education standards.
  • Participates in orientations and academic and bar exam-related workshops and seminars, in collaboration with and at the direction of the Senior Director.

Required Qualifications
  • Advanced knowledge of legal career development, career decision making, learning styles, and job search techniques.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Legal practice experience, with knowledge of the U.S. and international legal job market.
  • Experience giving presentations to students or attorneys.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize; ability to multi-task.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work effectively as a team member and as an individual contributor.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse cultures.


  • Advanced degree in related area, such as a Juris Doctor, a Master of Law (LL.M), and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications

Licneses or certifications, if any:

  • License to practice law in the United States.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of
$70,000.00 - $75,000.00.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/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, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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