Assistant Counsel

American Association of University Professors

Legal Department—Flexible Location

Assistant Counsel

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is pleased to announce an Assistant Counsel position to be filled as soon as possible in its Legal Office. The location for this position is flexible with the potential for working remotely. This position will work under the direction of AAUP’s Senior Counsel. Founded in 1915, the AAUP has helped to shape American higher education by developing standards and procedures on academic freedom, tenure, and shared governance and by fighting to preserve and protect higher education as a common good. Advancing and protecting academic freedom is the AAUP's core mission. Governed by a Council and Officers who are elected from the membership, the AAUP has approximately 35 employees, and 45,000 members.

The AAUP’s legal office responds to inquiries on higher education law from professors, academic administrators, attorneys, and others; monitors legal developments in higher education around the country; leads workshops and presentations on higher education law; and drafts informational outlines on specific areas of the law. Seeking to shape the law in ways supportive of AAUP principles, the Legal Office also works with experts from around the country in submitting friend-of-the-court (amicus) briefs in key appellate cases. Additionally, the office performs in-house legal work for the AAUP and supplies legal support for a number of key AAUP committees.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Assistant Counsel’s primary role will be to provide legal research and writing services. The substantive areas include academic freedom, employment and labor law, discrimination, and constitutional law. This position will include the following responsibilities:

  • Author, co-author and file amicus curiae briefs in support of AAUP’s core issues.
  • Conduct legal research using Lexis, PACER and other resources.
  • Analyze and summarize case law.
  • Review and analyze federal/state legislation—both proposed and existing.
  • Draft and review memorandums and other legal documents.
  • Draft articles, emails, or other materials for members or other constituencies.
  • Conduct trainings, workshops, and webinars for AAUP members and chapter leaders on legal issues.
  • Assist with the preparation and presentation of materials for leadership meetings.
  • Assist with the preparation of legal office reports to the leadership or other constituencies.
  • Assist with preparing AAUP legal compliance materials. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school.
  • Admission, in good standing, and license to practice in at least one jurisdiction.
  • Three to five years of substantial legal research and writing experience.
  • Strong analytical and research skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability working with diverse groups and individuals.
  • Computer proficiency skills—including familiarity with MS Office, PACER and Lexis.
  • Experience drafting appellate briefs preferred.
  • Working knowledge of constitutional law, higher education law, non-profit law, academic freedom, employment or labor law preferred.
  • Familiarity with applicable federal procedural rules (civil and appellate) preferred.
  • Experience as a judicial clerk preferred.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • This position requires a valid driver’s license and the willingness and ability to travel occasionally throughout the United States, to work long, irregular hours and weekends as needed.


Salary range: Starting salary of $80,000 for required qualifications; higher salary for preferred qualifications and experience. Generous benefits package, including health insurance and 401(K).

Position Classification

This position is designated as a senior program officer in the Legal Department and is excluded from the staff union bargaining unit.  This is an exempt position and not eligible for overtime pay.

To Apply

To apply, email a resume with cover letter to  Please include “Assistant Counsel – YOUR NAME” in the subject line of the email. No phone calls please. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. In addition to the resume and cover letter, please provide:

  • A writing sample that would demonstrate your analytical writing skills.

The AAUP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability, race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, or other characteristics unrelated to professional performance.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 

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