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Top 3 Cool Legal Jobs This Week: College, University Jobs

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By Jonathan R. Tung, Esq. on March 04, 2016 2:59 PM

In our ongoing series of Top 3 Cool Legal Jobs of the Week, we scanned the pages of Indeed to bring you the theme of the week: Academia. Every job opportunity listed below is courtesy of an institution of higher education. Even schools need schooling in the law.

Take a glance at the job descriptions and polish up your resume and cover letter. We're already a quarter a way through the year -- and aren't you in the same position that you were in last year? Maybe it's time for something a little different in you career.

MIT: Office of General Counsel Attorney

MIT is one of the premier private research and technology universities in the world. Also, more importantly, it's the undergrad alma mater of Tom Magliozzi.

Currently, the school is looking for someone to join their Office of General Counsel to provide the school with advice on a wide range of legal issues, but mostly relating to the school's "business and real estate affairs." Besides the usual requirements of "good humor" and "team spirit," candidates will have to provide advice on tax issues, real estate financing, and mergers and acquisitions. You're gonna need 10 years of experience under your belt before you apply.

U of Mich., Ann Arbor: Associate General Counsel

U of M is on the hunt for an Associate General Counsel, and that could be you. Duties include writing policies, providing training "within the University in connection with assigned areas," and also providing the usual legal counsel. This position appears to be a little bit less involved than the MIT position but will be open to more candidates because the minimum legal experience floor is five years instead of ten. U of M is looking for general business law experience and someone with experience in commercial contracts, government law, and municipal law.

St. Mary's University: Associate Director, Bar Studies & Academic Support

Last on our list is a position of Associate Director, Bar Studies & Academic Support. This position is essentially for a lecturer at the St. Mary's Law School. Rather than working as an attorney, you will be providing academic support to law students as they struggle to get through school. You'll most likely be organizing presentations and also offering academic counseling to students. In this position, interpersonal skills probably are required since you'll be doing a lot of talking to individuals about their very personal problems. Also, get ready to help them pass the bar.

This is the only position out of the three that does not require a license to practice law. It doesn't even actually require a J.D.

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