The Office of the General Counsel at the University of Delaware wishes to hire an Associate General Counsel. Salary and benefits are competitive with those offered by other leading nonprofit organizations. This position reports to the Vice President and General Counsel.
The Office of the Vice President and General Counsel was created in 2009 and consists of three attorneys: the Vice President and General Counsel, the Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, and the Associate General Counsel. The Office handles the full range of legal issues for the University, including academic freedom and tenure issues, labor and employment, transactional law, contract drafting and review, and the application and interpretation of pertinent federal and state laws and regulations. The Office engages and supervises outside counsel for assistance with complex matters and court litigation. For more on the Office, please visit
Interested candidates should manifest an understanding of higher education legal issues, have excellent legal research and writing skills, excel at interpersonal relations, and possess the experience and confidence necessary to engage with high-level administrative and academic officials in a fast-paced legal practice setting.
Higher education law is one of the legal profession’s most dynamic practice areas. Practitioners enjoy a portfolio of varied and challenging legal issues, smart and engaged clients, an extraordinary degree of professional collegiality, and a stimulating intellectual environment. For more on the practice of law in the higher education setting, please see
The Associate General Counsel will perform a wide range of legal assignments under the supervision of the Vice President and General Counsel and the Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. He or she will:
- Provide independent legal advice, counsel and assistance to University clients in diverse areas including labor and employment law, student disciplinary matters, tax and benefits, contract law, ongoing litigation, affirmative action, and compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.
- Act as the Office's liaison with other areas as assigned by the Vice President and General Counsel.
- Provide advice, formulate courses of action, draft correspondence, draft policies and procedures, and counsel various University officials to resolve legal, procedural and administrative issues and ensure compliance with all applicable legal requirements.
- Assist in conducting internal investigations and formal inquiries.
- Conduct legal research and analysis to remain current on the laws and regulations governing the assigned areas.
- Undertake projects relevant to the law and its impact on the operations of the University, as requested by the General Counsel.
The University of Delaware
- J.D. degree from an accredited American law school and at least seven years of experience as a practicing lawyer. Strong preference will be given to candidates who have at least five years of experience providing legal representation to colleges or universities either as an attorney in an in-house college or university legal office or as outside counsel in a law firm, attorney general's office, or system office providing legal counsel to higher education clients.
- Admission to practice law in Delaware or eligibility for limited admission to the Delaware Bar under the in-house counsel rule (Delaware Supreme Court Rule 55.1). Full admission to the Delaware Bar preferred.
- A record of academic success as an undergraduate and law school student.
- Strong legal research, writing and advocacy skills.
- Sound legal and practical judgment.
- Enthusiasm for university life, and the confidence necessary to engage with high-level administrative and academic officials in a fast-paced setting.
- Strong interpersonal skills, including listening and verbal communication skills.
Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware is a state-assisted, privately governed institution of postsecondary education. Its beautiful campus is located in Newark, about forty miles southwest of Philadelphia on the Delaware-Maryland border. Other campuses are located in Wilmington, the state’s largest city; and Lewes, a lovely resort community on Delaware’s Atlantic shore. The University serves 16,000 undergraduate students and 4,500 graduate, professional and continuing education students. For more information on the University of Delaware, please visit
Applications for the Associate General Counsel position in the General Counsel’s Office will be accepted until 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on February 20, 2013. To apply, please go to http://www.udel.edu/udjobs/, click on “Staff,” then select “Associate General Counsel” from the list of position openings. Please address your cover letter to:
Vice President and General Counsel
124 Hullihen Hall
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Candidates who reach subsequent stages of the search process may be asked to provide a writing sample and certified law school transcript.
Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.
The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer, which encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER – The University of Delaware is committed to assuring equal opportunity to all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, genetic information, age, religion, national origin, veteran or disability status, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment practices as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes.