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Student and Academic Affairs Attorney Job Posting


The University of Missouri System, located in Columbia, Missouri, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of attorney in the Office of the General Counsel, with an emphasis on student and academic affairs, discrimination matters, and contract review. This position will be based in the Office of the General Counsel in Columbia, Missouri and will report directly to the General Counsel.  The University of Missouri System is a public research institution which consists of four academic campuses located in Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis, and the University Health System. The System has more than 75,000 students and more than 24,000 employees.

Responsibilities for this position primarily will focus on representing and advising the University and its officers and employees regarding student and academic affairs and internal and external discrimination complaints. Areas of practice will include student and academic staff evaluation (including tenure); student and faculty discipline; research conduct and research ethics; student, faculty and staff grievances; internal and external student, faculty and staff discrimination complaints; student life including student organizations; litigation; FERPA, HIPAA and other privacy laws; the Clery Act; internal and external conflict of interest rules and regulations; general contract review; policy and procedure development and implementation; advising on regulatory and compliance matters; and participating in training and preventative law efforts. This attorney will also provide advice, representation and training for University personnel on a range of topics and perform other responsibilities assigned by the General Counsel.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must have a thorough knowledge of constitutional law as it applies to public institutions; knowledge of the regulatory and case law relating to higher education; a familiarity with the higher education environment; ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the University community as well as external contacts; and proven ability to effectively develop trust, respect and cooperation across all areas of an organization and staff levels. 

Candidate must have a law degree. At least five years experience in higher education law, preferably in a public environment is preferred and experience with discrimination law or an advanced degree in an academic area would be helpful.  Admission to Missouri Bar or eligibility for admission by reciprocity is necessary. Starting salary is negotiable. The University provides an excellent benefits package. Beginning date, apply on-line at

Reviewed 2014-07-28.