Director of Applied Innovation and Professor of Practice


University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (formerly “UC Hastings Law”)

San Francisco, CA

The University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (“UC Law SF,” formerly “UC Hastings Law”) was founded in 1878 as the law department of the University of California and was the first law school in California. Over the years, it has built a legacy and reputation of being a preeminent institution comprised of renowned faculty committed to the study of legal theory and research, preparing students for careers in the judicial system, public service, and industry.

Position Summary
University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (“UC Law SF,” formerly, “UC Hastings”), located in the San Francisco Civic Center area, seeks applicants for a contract (non-tenure-track) faculty role: Director of Applied Innovation and Professor of Practice. The position is full-time. Contract lengths for Professors of Practice are 1-5 years and may be renewed. The faculty rank is Lecturer, with a Professor of Practice working title. The ideal start date is January 1, 2024, though the start date can be as late as July 1, 2024.

The anticipated starting base compensation range is $99,275 to $120,175, depending on experience in legal education, plus an additional $20,000 director stipend. The Director will also have a faculty development account. This position qualifies for the Full UC Benefits Package (, which includes primary retirement benefits, comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage, and a variety of voluntary supplemental benefit plans to meet the incumbent’s individual needs.

UC Law SF is committed to creating a vibrant academic community in which diverse community members feel they belong. UC Law SF also prohibits discrimination against any person employed; seeking employment; or applying for or engaged in a paid or unpaid internship or training program leading to employment with UC Law SF on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition status, sex-or gender-stereotyping, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, including protected veterans. This policy applies to all employment practices, including recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, merit increase, salary, training and development, demotion, and separation. UC Law SF will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities during the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources at if you need to request a reasonable accommodation in order to apply for this position.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Director of Applied Innovation teaches in and serves as a concentration advisor of the Technology, Innovation & the Practice of Law Concentration at UC Law SF and partners with the directors of other centers, including LexLab, to run law and technology programs, including an accelerator and community-oriented events for faculty, students, practicing lawyers and technology entrepreneurs. The Director will also help UC Law SF innovate new courses, pedagogies, and programs to ensure that the law school provides students with the skills they need to practice law in an environment characterized by rapid technological innovation. Finally, the Director will build community by connecting with students, faculty, lawyers, and thought leaders locally in Silicon Valley and nationally. The Director reports to the Provost & Academic Dean. This is a year-round role, meaning that the Director works during the summer months, though for-credit teaching duties are limited to the fall and spring terms.

Qualifications and Prior Experience
Interested candidates must have the following qualifications:
– JD degree.
– Bar membership.
– At least 5 years of practice or entrepreneurial experience.
– Demonstrated ability to implement creative technology-focused programming and build community connections.

Prior teaching experience is strongly preferred. Prior experience with grants or raising third-party funding is a plus factor but is not required.

How to Apply
Applications are encouraged before December 1, 2023, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Each applicant must submit the following materials:
– Cover letter summarizing reasons for seeking this position.
– Resume or CV.
– Teaching reviews, if any.
– Three professional or academic references.

Please forward these materials to Provost & Academic Dean Morris Ratner (

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