Assistant Professor of Public Law

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

United States

Assistant Professor of Public Law

Posting Information

Department SOG Sch of Government - 375100
Posting Open Date 11/20/2023
Application Deadline  
Open Until Filled Yes
Position Type Permanent Faculty
Working Title Assistant Professor of Public Law & Government
Appointment Type Tenured/Tenure Track
Vacancy ID FAC0004860
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Permanent
Hours per week 40
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range  
Proposed Start Date 04/01/2024
Position Information


Be a Tar Heel!  
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government is the nation’s preeminent university-based hub for training, consulting, and impactful scholarship aimed at local and state government. Since 1931, the School’s mission has been to improve the lives of North Carolinians through practical scholarship that empowers citizens and public officials to understand and enhance state and local government.

Each year the School offers over 200 courses, webinars, and specialized conferences tailored to cater to the diverse needs of more than 12,000 public officials, helping them navigate the complexities of public service.

In addition to our renowned training programs, the School operates a nationally ranked Master of Public Administration program, available both on campus and online. We cultivate the next generation of public servants, equipping them with the knowledge and skills essential for impactful governance.
The School also supports a wide variety of entrepreneurial and innovative initiatives aimed at topics including public leadership, criminal justice, technology, environmental finance, and community development. These practical research and advisory centers raise the bar for what government can achieve across North Carolina.
Position Summary
The UNC School of Government seeks an attorney with a commitment to public service, a desire to teach, and a passion for legal research and writing to serve as an Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government. This tenure track position will focus on working with elected and assistant clerks of superior courts who act as judicial officials in decedents’ estate administration, estate proceedings, trusts, and special proceedings involving real property and motor vehicles – the types of proceedings that are typically probate matters in other states. This Assistant Professor will become a statewide expert and resource for the clerks who preside over these matters through advising, teaching, and writing. This faculty member will deliver training to hundreds of clerks each year and will have the opportunity to develop relationships and regularly communicate with this important group of judicial officials. The position requires the creation of scholarship tailored for North Carolina’s clerks of superior court, including chapters in the Clerks of Superior Court Manual Series and posts on the On the Civil Side Blog, as well as in other outlets. This faculty member’s work will require collaboration with the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts and the Conference of Superior Court Clerks as well as with other faculty members in the School.

The person who fills this important position will make a substantial impact on the future of government in our state. Every consultation with a public official, every class taught, and every piece of scholarship published by the new faculty number will contribute to the School’s 90-year legacy of improving North Carolina through better governance.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
J.D., excellent writing skills, strong academic performance, and a demonstrated commitment to public service required.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Four or more years of experience practicing law.
Special Physical/Mental Requirements  
Campus Security Authority Responsibilities

Not Applicable.

Special Instructions
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Department Contact Information


Department Contact Name and Title Celeste McGilvary, Human Resources Consultant
Department Contact Telephone or Email
Academic Personnel Office Contact Information
If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost office at (919)-962-1091 or send an email to

Please note: The Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost office will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status. 

If you have any questions about the job requirements or the hiring department notify the Department Contact.
Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Writing/research Sample
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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  1. What is your highest degree?
    • PhD
    • MD
    • PharmD
    • DDS
    • DVM
    • JD
    • MLS/MIS
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