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Req ID:  4641
Date:  Aug 6, 2019

Durham, NC, US, 27708

Personnel Area:  UNIVERSITY

Duke University:


Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.


Occupational Summary

The overall goal of the position is to facilitate the internationalization of Duke Law School, to expand the school’s global recognition, and to support students in their professional development and career preparation. The Director will work primarily with two offices: the Office of International Studies and the Career & Professional Development Office.  The Director will be responsible for providing comprehensive programmatic and individualized career advice and counsel to students in Duke Law School’s International LLM program. In addition, the Director will assist with recruitment and evaluation of LLM applicants. The Director will collaborate closely with colleagues across the Law School, including the Career & Professional Development Center, Alumni & Development Office, Communications, Office of the Registrar, and others.

Work Performed

The Director of LLM Career Development and Special Projects in the International Studies Office works in the following areas:

  • LLM Career and Professional Development


Under the direction of the Assistant Dean for International Studies, support the implementation and execution of the Law School’s comprehensive career and professional development training program for international LLM students, focusing on two main areas: (1) offering individualized career counseling to LLM students and graduates, and (2) supporting career and professional development programming. Work within each area will reinforce the work in the other; to provide a sense of the different responsibilities in each, however, work in each of the two areas is broken down below.

Student Career Counseling

The Director is one of the primary providers of career counseling and targeted advice to LLM students and graduates through one-on-one and other meetings.  The position counsels and advises students and graduates in two broad areas – professional development and industry knowledge.  Professional development ranges from self-assessment, long and short-term narrative development and career planning, to the detailed review of resumes, cover letters and other written material. Also covered are discussions of professional opportunities, guidance and advice on search strategies and techniques, interviewing, networking, general professionalism and more. Industry knowledge requires a thorough understanding of the U.S. legal market, particularly in the context of LLM recruitment, an appreciation of the unique challenges faced by international candidates, as well as knowledge of—or the desire to learn—legal markets in other regions, particularly Western Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Middle East and Africa.

Career and Professional Development Programming

The Director will initiate and organize a wide range of career-related panel discussions, presentations, receptions and workshops in order to prepare LLM students for practice in the United States, and/or in their home country or other markets. Other projects, based on the needs assessment, may include researching and developing new student resources, assisting in updating current resources, and developing new programs and initiatives.

  • LLM Recruitment and Admissions

Under supervision of the Associate and Assistant Dean, review, track, and evaluate LLM applications; conduct applicant interviews, communicate admission offers, and serve on the scholarship award committee. These efforts are intended to deepen and broaden  recruiting efforts to attract and enroll qualified LLM students as needed to facilitate adjustment of LLM enrollments.


  • Alumni and Constituent Relations

Advance international goals for the Law School through international alumni, with a particular emphasis on alumni comprising the International Advisory Board of Duke Law School.  Collaborate with the Law School Alumni and Development Office and University Development Office to increase international alumni engagement in recruitment, academic interactions, hiring of student interns and graduates, and new programs that strengthen organizational ties between alumni and the law school. Collaborate with the Communications Office to develop appropriate communications such as newsletters, brochures, website and non-print communication projects and social media presence.

  • New and Ongoing Initiatives

Support international initiatives of the Law School by exploring revenue-generating opportunities such as executive education for international lawyers, collaborations with the MMA program at Fuqua, and an expanded SILLC program.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.


Preferred Education and Experience

  • Law degree - either JD or LLM degree from an ABA-accredited U.S. law school
  • Taking and passing a U.S. bar exam is a plus
  • Experience in career development at a law school, legal personnel/professional development role at a law firm, or consulting firm to the legal industry
  • Direct experience working with International LLM students in a career counseling or related capacity is highly preferable
  • A minimum of 3 years of legal work experience is preferred, including some experience in a large law firm setting
  • Supervisory or management experience
  • Experience working and living in a foreign country is strongly preferred
  • Fluency in one or more foreign language is a plus

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent organizational, oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an open, supportive and empathetic approach to

student interactions

  • Ability to set goals, make decisions, prioritize and initiate new projects
  • Demonstrated judgment and creative problem solving
  • Commitment to learning and applying laws and university policies
  • Ability to collaborate successfully with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds

and positions


Minimum Qualifications




Work generally requirescommunications, analytical and organizational skills acquired through completion of a master's degree.




Work requires one year of experience in a placement or other student services function to gain considerable knowledge of career counseling and placement programs. Or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience


Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh

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